C. Richard (Rick) Boland was a graduate of Notre Dame and Yale Medical School. He did his MD thesis on a poorly characterized familial cancer syndrome that we now recognize to be Lynch Syndrome, and focused his research career on basic aspects of colorectal cancer (CRC). He has been funded by the NIH, VA and various private foundations continuously since 1979, and published about 400 articles to date.
Rick’s fellowship and academic career began at UCSF in 1978, and in 1981, he moved to the U. of Michigan, as the Section Chief in Gastroenterology at the VA, where he was eventually promoted to Professor. In 1995, Rick was recruited to UCSD as Division Chief in Gastroenterology. From 2003-2016, he ran a lab at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, focused upon his laboratory and clinical work in tumor genetics in collaboration with Ajay Goel, PhD.
Rick was the first Funderburg Awardee (1992-3). He has served as Chair of multiple AGA committees, including the Program Evaluation Committee (1990-3), Research Committee (1996-9), GI Malignancy Task Force (1999), AGA Nominating Committee (2001), GTE Training Exam Subcommittee (2007-8), Research Subcommittee of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (2002-4), Ethics Committee (2008-9), and Publications Committee (2015-8). He has been Chairman of the GI Oncology Section (1993-5), Associate Editor of Gastroenterology (1991-6), President of the AGAI (2011-2) and Chairman of the AGA (2012-3). He has trained a large number of trainees (>75), and was honored by the GI Oncology Section with the Distinguished Mentor Award in 2011. One trainee (John Carethers, MD) is Chair of Int. Medicine at U of Michigan, and another (Mary Hawn, MD) is Chair of Surgery at Stanford. Rick was awarded the AGA Beaumont Prize for research in 2015 and the AGA Friedenwald Medal in 2016. His H-index at this time is about 90.