Richard W. Light, MD, FCCP

Richard Light

Title: Medical Educator; Professor of Medicine
Company:  Vanderbilt University
Location:  Brentwood, Tennessee, United States

Richard W. Light, MD, FCCP, professor of medicine for Vanderbilt University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

Highly regarded in the medical community for his work training pulmonologists throughout the world, Dr. Light is known for his high-energy, inviting personality and his true commitment to his work as evidenced by the work he has put out over the last 45 years. His secret to success? “Be organized and take advantage of the situation that you are in,” he shares. Today, he finds success as a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University, where he has been teaching since 1997. He has a dynamic history in academia, having previously served as a professor of medicine and an assistant dean of research for the University of California, Irvine. As a doctor, he has held roles including director of the pulmonary disease program for St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, TN, as well as associate chief of staff, chief of pulmonary diseases and chief of the pulmonary exercise laboratory for the Veterans Affairs Long Beach Health Care System.

Dr. Light has contributed countless articles to professional journals, including the scientific journal of the American College of Chest Physicians. He is the author of 16 books for which he shares his expertise in the area of pulmonary diseases. His shining accomplishment in his eyes is his book “Pleural Diseases,” which was first published in 1983. In recognition of his professional excellence, he was honored by the American College of Chest Physicians, who named him “a Giant in Pleural Diseases.” For his work, Dr. Light has also been the recipient of several grants from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a fellowship from the school of medicine from the Johns Hopkins University and a Boettcher Scholarship from the University of Colorado.

Dr. Light’s achievements have been obtained due to a blend of hard work and the education that has powered his experiences throughout his career. He holds an MD from Johns Hopkins University, earned in 1968, as well as a Bachelor of Science in engineering and applied mathematics from the University of Colorado. He completed an internship at Osler Service in 1969 and a residency at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in 1970. Committed to his professional development, Dr. Light has remained at the top of his field through his work in industry organizations. He has participated as a member of the program selection committee for the American Thoracic Society more than half a dozen times, and affiliates with ACRP and the Southern Society for Clinical Investigation. A fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, he has held many positions over the years including secretary-treasurer and representative of its clinical problems assembly, member of its program selection committee and organization liaison. As he looks toward the future, Dr. Light intends to continue teaching while seeking new opportunities for success in the years to come.

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