Title: Medical Educator, Physician
Location: Houston, Texas, United States
Richard Castriotta, Medical Educator and Physician, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pulmonary diseases, sleep disorders and medical ethics.
As an educator, Dr. Castriotta is afforded the opportunity to see the value of his work continue in the future generations of medical professionals he has trained. He hopes that when the time comes for him to retire that he will be remembered by his peers, colleagues and students as a good teacher and mentor. Dr. Castriotta is professionally proud of the large amount of fellows and residents that he has trained over the years and that have gone on to be successful in their own paths. In his most recent role, he has contributed as a professor of internal medicine at the University of Texas McGovern Medical School. He stepped into this role in 2002. He had started teaching at the institution in 1995. Furthermore, he has been the medical director of the Memorial Hermann Hospital Sleep Disorder Center since 1995.
Dr. Castriotta was most inspired to go into the field of medicine by observing the effect his grandfather had in his community. While his grandfather was not a formally trained professional, he possessed the ability to set bones and help people through holistic and folk methods in his village in Sicily. Watching his grandfather’s work inspired Dr. Castriotta to first earn an AB from Holy Cross College in 1967 and later earn an MD from the University of Bologna in 1974. While matriculating, he worked as a research assistant at the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1967 to 1974. He went on to complete a medical residency at the Hospital of St. Raphael and then became a pulmonary fellow at the University of Connecticut Health Center. Following this, Dr. Castriotta began teaching at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and directing the Sleep Disorders Center and Pulmonary Medicine departments at Mount Sinai Hospital.
Due to the quality of his work, Dr. Castriotta has received such accolades as being recognized as a Distinguished CHEST Educator (DCE) in 2017. He was considered among the Leading Physicians of the World from 2016 to 2017 and has been considered a Top Pulmonologist in Houston and among Houston’s Top Doctors. Furthermore, Dr. Castriotta has been ranked among the Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Physicians. In 1996, he received the Dean’s Excellence Award from the University of Texas. He has previously been the chair of the Palliative and End of Life Care Network with the American College of Chest Physicians and the President of the Southern Sleep Society. He has also been a fellow with the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Thoracic Society.
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