In recognition of his outstanding international contributions to the field of gastroenterology, Richard McCallum, M.D., has been appointed honorary professor at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.
“Professor Richard McCallum is a world renowned clinical academic and specialist in the field of gastroenterology,” said Professor Gerald Holtmann, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., who was involved in the nomination process at The University of Queensland. “Beyond any doubt he has and will continue to shape the field as a thought leader in the pathophysiological concepts of highly prevalent GI diseases, such as gastroparesis. He is always prepared to think outside the box and his analytical skills, his passion and dedication have shaped the field and inspired generations of trainees.”
Dr. McCallum has made major advances in the diagnosis and treatment of gastroparesis, a digestive disorder in which food moves through the stomach much slower than normal. His research has focused on the interactions between the brain and stomach to treat the disease, as well as understanding the causes of nausea and vomiting. Dr. McCallum holds three patents and is the inventor of a gastric pacemaker to help patients who cannot digest food properly.
Dr. McCallum’s work is continuously funded by prestigious organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Diabetes Association, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as pharmaceutical agencies. His findings have appeared in more than 450 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 120 textbook chapters. He has also edited 14 scientific textbooks on gastroenterology. As the principal investigator for one of six centers of excellence for gastroparesis in the nation, Dr. McCallum’s most recent award was a five-year $2.5 million grant from the NIH.
Born and raised in Brisbane, Australia, Dr. McCallum earned a bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery from The University of Queensland in 1968. He left Australia for post graduate training and research opportunities in the United States, but returns to his alma mater and home country annually to lecture and visit colleagues and family.
This year Dr. McCallum will launch the Founder’s Lecture in Dermatology at The University of Queensland in honor of his father who was a prominent dermatologist in Brisbane as a teacher, clinical researcher and member of the council that initiated the Australian College of Dermatology in 1967. Dr. McCallum will personally endow the lecture series to bring a prominent dermatologist to speak at the university annually.
Dr. McCallum completed his residency at Washington University’s Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri and his fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He served on the gastroenterology faulty at Yale University School of Medicine before being recruited as chief of gastroenterology and the GI fellowship program by the University of Virginia and the University of Kansas Medical Center. He joined TTUHSC El Paso in 2009 as Professor and founding chair of medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine and director of the Center for Neurogastroenterology and GI Motility.