Dean's Advisory Council member: Richard K. Merchant

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Richard K. Merchant

CEO
Health WorkForce New York
Central New York Area Health Education Center
Northern Area Health Education Center



Richard currently serves as the CEO for three nonprofit organizations: the Northern Area Health Education Center in Potsdam, New York, the Central New York Area Health Education Center in Cortland, New York, and Health WorkForce New York in Syracuse, New York. Each of these organizations is affiliated with Upstate Medical University, College of Medicine.

Prior to his current post, Richard served as a faculty member at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine in Houston Texas. Richard currently teaches Medical Anthropology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Potsdam. He also teaches in an adjunct capacity at Clarkson University, College of Health Sciences.

Richard is the Vice President of the New York State Association for Rural Health. He is a member on the Board of Directors of the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization. Richard is also an active member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the New York State AHEC System Executive Council, the Social Enterprise Alliance and numerous other State and National boards and associations. Richard has to his credit over 40 invited presentations and papers at national and international professional meetings and conferences.

Richard K. Merchant earned his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and his master's degree from the University of Florida. Richard conducted his doctoral work in Medical Anthropology at Texas A&M University.