An educator, physician, and administrator during a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years, Dr. G. Richard Olds was named President and Chief Executive Officer of St. George’s University on August 28, 2015. Prior to joining SGU, he was the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Founding Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). In 2010, Dr. Olds joined UCR to lead the creation of a new school of medicine—the first LCME-accredited medical school in California in more than four decades.
Dr. Olds is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He was an infectious disease fellow and one of the nation’s first geographic medicine fellows at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he also served as medical chief resident and faculty member. He served as full professor of medicine, pediatrics, molecular, cell and development biology at Brown University, and professor and chairman of medicine at the MetroHealth Campus of Case Western Reserve University. His role at UCR was preceded by a stint as professor and chair of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to his academic background, Dr. Olds is a tropical disease specialist with extensive experience working in Asia and Africa. He has served on the World Health Organization expert committee on schistosomiasis and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews, primarily focused on international health issues.