Dr. Richard Summers is a native of Gulfport and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi magna cum laude in mathematics. He received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and entered the Medical Center’s residency program in internal medicine. During this time he completed a research fellowship under the renowned Drs. Arthur C. Guyton and Thomas G. Coleman in UMMC’s Department of Physiology and Biophysics.
He holds faculty appointments in emergency medicine and physiology/biophysics, and is the Billy S. Guyton Professor of Emergency Medicine. He served as chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine before becoming associate vice chancellor for research. He is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Summers’ primary research interests include both basic science and clinical investigations in the area of cardiovascular disease as it relates to the practice of emergency medicine. He also has expertise in the study of physiologic adaptations of humans to microgravity during space flight, and previously served as the lead scientist for the NASA Digital Astronaut Project. His research focus has been on the use of computer models for hypothesis formulation and systems analysis to answer biomedical questions. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 publications, abstracts, and book chapters and has received research awards from the American Heart Association and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.
Summers was an invited speaker for the inaugural TEDx talks in Jackson in 2014. His outside interests include family and sports, particularly Ole Miss football, and he also enjoys reading about science and history outside the field of medicine. He enjoys fishing, especially deep sea fishing.