|Richard Pretorius, MD, MPH, is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia; did his training at University Hospitals at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio; and completed a Masters in Public Health in Health Services Administration at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has been involved in rural health and rural hospitals for nearly 30 years. He began practice in rural Iowa where he and his two partners—along with a surgeon—had primary responsibility for the healthcare of the county of 12,000. Every aspect of care was managed: emergency medicine, hospital care, obstetrics, geriatrics, pediatrics, palliative care, sports medicine, mental health and coroner services.|
He has held academic positions in the medical schools at 3 universities: University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa; University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York: and Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. His academic appointments have included Professor, Chair, Vice Chair and Assistant Dean. His funded research and publications have focused on innovation in education, teamwork, interdisciplinary collaboration and quality patient care.
He has worked in rural hospitals and rural emergency rooms in 5 states: Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Kentucky and New York. While he has worked in large community and academic hospitals in urban areas, he has most recently devoted his time to Critical Access Hospitals in rural areas. He enjoys working with teams of professionals who are dedicated to serving their local communities and fellow citizens regardless of their personal circumstances or healthcare problems. He is impressed daily with the concern and compassion that nurses, staff and colleagues demonstrate to both neighbors and strangers alike.
He has set a goal to continue learning the ever changing field of medicine and patient care. He appreciates his many mentors and teachers, particularly his patients who fill those roles daily.