Richard Kelly, JD, MD

Dr. Richard Kelly is a member of the medical faculty at the University of California in Irvine. He received his Masters in Public Health from the University of California in Berkeley in 1986. Dr. Kelly graduated from Stanford University’s dual MD/JD program and received his medical and law degrees in 1993. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1997. He completed his anesthesiology medical training at the University of California in San Francisco. After several years in private practice, Dr. Kelly returned to academics. He practices cardiothoracic anesthesiology at the University Medical Center and teaches a course in public policy for graduate students at the Health Policy Research Institute.

Dr. Kelly’s clinical interests focus on the anesthetic management of surgical patients with complex cardiothoracic diseases. His public policy research interests include the societal consequences of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), the ethical and legal implications of physician fatigue, medical professionalism, opioid tolerance and addiction, and national trends in medical malpractice awards.

Dr. Kelly is an Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of The Journal of Legal Medicine, a fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine, a member and fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, a member of the World Association for Medical Law, and a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology. He received the Physicians of Excellence Award from the Orange County Medical Association in 2017, 2019, and 2020.

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