In 1983, Dr. Richards joined the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia, as Assistant Professor. His accomplishments were again recognized by a wide range of notable groups and organizations, from his own medical students (Educator of the Year), faculty (Outstanding Young Faculty), the AAFP (Outstanding Scientific Exhibit x4), the AMA (Distinguished Service to America’s Youth), STFM (Outstanding Research Award x2), Egypt (Humanitarian Award), and the USPHS (Medal of Honor from then Surgeon General C. Everett Koop). In 1993, he departed as Associate Professor from the Medical College of Georgia. Four years later, Dr. Richards left clinical medicine to pursue and develop other businesses.
Starting in 1980, as a serial entrepreneur with over 35 startup companies, Dr. Richards pioneered concepts and products in many health-related fields: mail-order pharmacy, physician office dispensing, alternate site infusion therapy, health care data acquisition and mining, and cost containment to name but a few. Through his businesses, Dr. Richards has brought together individuals and corporations, idea champions, and subject matter experts, to ensure all stakeholders have the opportunity to assist in the implementation of solutions to improve patient health, patient access, lower health care costs, improve care outcomes, and reformat population health expectations and medical systems.
Dr. Richards currently resides in Augusta, Georgia, and continues to develop different business and software models that strive to improve the state of health care for individuals worldwide as well as work with youth-serving with the Scouts as well as the Boys and Girls Club. In 2020, he received the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award from the National Eagle Scout Association.