Dr. Richards applies his training in internal medicine, epidemiology, and health services to develop clinically-oriented and population-based approaches to understand and address social determinants of health among vulnerable populations. Dr. Richards partners with community organizations in Myanmar to develop measurement tools and evidence-based interventions to address the double burden of infectious and chronic diseases among displaced and war-affected populations. Areas of work include malaria control and surveillance and health information systems that have quantified the health impacts of human rights violations. Dr. Richards’s domestic research aims to integrate societal values for health equity into the design, analysis, and reporting of epidemiological, comparative- and cost-effectiveness research studies.
In addition to his general internal medicine practice, teaching responsibilities, and caring for homeless veterans in Los Angeles, Dr. Richards applies his medical skills to the treatment survivors of torture and individuals seeking asylum in the United States.
Dr. Richards is board certified in internal medicine. He holds an MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. He completed his residency at the Social Internal Medicine Program at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein School of Medicine. He holds a PhD from the UCLA School of Public Health and an AB in history and literature from Harvard College.