Clement Boland Jr., MD, Gastroenterology, La Jolla, CA


Gastroenterology La Jolla, CA

Gastrointestinal Cancer

Professor of Medicine (Gastroenterology) University of California, San Diego

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  • Office

    2-065 East Campus Office Building
    UCSD School of Medicine #0956
    La Jolla, CA 92093
    Phone(858) 249-0772
    Fax(858) 657-5022
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  • 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.

Skills & Expertise

  • Cancer genetics, Gastrointestinal oncology

Education & Training

  • UCSF
    UCSFFellowship, Gastroenterology, 1978 - 1981
  • US Public Health Service HospitalResidency, Internal Medicine, 1976 - 1978
  • St Francis Hospital Medical CenterInternship, Internal Medicine, 1973 - 1974
  • Yale University School of Medicine
    Yale University School of MedicineClass of 1973
  • University of Notre DameB.A., Liberal Arts, Magna cum laude, 1965 - 1969

Certifications & Licensure

  • TX State Medical License
    TX State Medical License 2003 - 2022
  • CA State Medical License
    CA State Medical License 1995 - 2022
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Gastroenterology

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Friedenwald Medal AGA, 2016
  • Beaumont Prize for Research AGA, 2015
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (for Hereditary Colorectal Cancer) Collaborative Group of the Americas, 2015
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Publications & Presentations


Books/Book Chapters

Grant Support

  • JC Virus And Human Colorectal NeoplasiaNational Cancer Institute2010–2012
  • Familial And Early Onset Colorectal CancerNational Cancer Institute2009–2012
  • The Biology And Diagnosis Of Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC)National Cancer Institute2007–2008
  • JC Virus And Tumor Formation In The Human ColonNational Cancer Institute2004–2008
  • The Biology And Diagnosis Of HnpccNational Cancer Institute2005–2006
  • Biology And Diagnosis Of HnpccNational Cancer Institute2003–2004
  • Biology And Diagnosis Of HnpccNational Cancer Institute1996–2002
  • Mucin Families In Gastrointestinal TractNational Cancer Institute1995–1998
  • LAP Inhibits Hepatic Cell Proliferation--MechanismsNational Institute Of Diabetes And Digestive And Kidney Diseases1996–1997
  • Mucin Families In The Human GI Tract--Molecular Histology Of GI CancerNational Center For Research Resources1996
  • Mucin Families In Gastrointestinal TractNational Cancer Institute1994–1995
  • Mucin Families In The Gastrointestinal TractNational Cancer Institute1993
  • A Study Of Cancer-Associated Colonic MucinsNational Cancer Institute1991–1992
  • Cancer-Associated Colonic MucinsNational Cancer Institute1989–1990
  • Regulation Of Gastric Mucin SynthesisNational Institute Of Diabetes And Digestive And Kidney Diseases1988–1990
  • Study Of Cancer-Associated Colonic MucinNational Cancer Institute1985–1988