Title: Regional Dean (Retired)
Company: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC)
Location: Amarillo, Texas, United States
Richard Morris Jordan, MD, Regional Dean at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in endocrinology education.
With decades of experience to his credit, Dr. Jordan had excelled as the regional dean of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Amarillo, Texas from 2007 to 2023. During this time, he was additionally active at the aforementioned center as the interim chair of the department of medicine between 2017 and 2020. Dr. Jordan previously found success in a number of positions at the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University between 1987 and 2007, including as the co-director of the residency program and medicine-psychiatry program, the director of the residency program in internal medicine, a professor of medicine, an associate chairman of postgraduate education, the chief of the division of endocrinology, the chief of endocrinology and metabolism, and the co-director of the residency program in medicine-pediatrics.
In addition to these appointments, Dr. Jordan contributed to the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center as an internal medicine associate residency program director from 1988 to 1998 and the chief of medical services from 1988 to 2007. He formerly worked at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences as an assistant professor of medicine between 1980 and 1982 and an associate professor of medicine between 1982 and 1987. Prior to these academic roles, he was recruited as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio from 1978 to 1980. Dr. Jordan began his career with the U.S. Air Force between 1976 and 1980, advancing to the rank of major while serving as the staff endocrinologist at the Wilford Hall USAF Hospital.
Before embarking on his professional path, Dr. Jordan pursued an education at DePauw University, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1967. He concluded his formal studies at the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1971, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine. Following these accomplishments, Dr. Jordan completed an internship at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii from 1971 to 1972, a residency in internal medicine at the University of Oregon from 1972 to 1974, and a fellowship in endocrinology at the University of Oregon from 1974 to 1976.
In light of his impressive undertakings, Dr. Jordan has accrued several accolades throughout his career. Noted for creating and managing championship-winning bicycle racing teams for Pro Cycles BMX and U.S. National BMX in the 1990s, he has been presented with the Fred C. Tucker Leadership Award in Intercollegiate Athletics in 1967, an Academic Achievement Award at Indiana University in 1971, the Outstanding Intern Award at Queens Medical Center in 1972, a Health Care Hero Innovation Service Award from the Business Journal of Tri-Cities and King Pharmaceuticals in 2006, a Letter of Commendation and Flag, United States Department of Veterans Affairs in 2007, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2023, among many other honors. Having received multiple Student Teaching Awards, he was likewise recognized for his decades of service to the U.S. Air Force by the Brick and Elm Veterans in 2022. Dr. Jordan was also proudly celebrated with a Recognition for Leadership, Outstanding Care and Research Efforts During the COVID-19 Pandemic by Texas State Legislature.
Dr. Jordan has attributed his success to the influence and guidance of his wonderful parents. Drawn to a role in medical education by his aspirations to become a veterinarian as well as his admiration for his family doctor and experiences in his pre-medicine courses, he cites his 40 years of service to veterans of the U.S. military among his most substantial achievements. He also fondly recalls receiving various awards from both the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center throughout his career. In July 2023, he was honored by Texas State Legislature and Representative Four Price with the State Capital Building Flag in recognition of his 16 years of leadership upon his retirement. Looking toward the future, Dr. Jordan plans to enjoy his retirement from his present position while dedicating his spare time to volunteer faculty work at East Tennessee State University and conducting lectures in his areas of expertise.
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