Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Richard P. Wheeler, M.D.
Dr. Richard P. Wheeler has shaped medical education at UAMS for over three decades with a strong emphasis on professionalism and compassion. The 1976 College of Medicine graduate trained in nephrology and joined the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine in 1981.
Dr. Wheeler’s interest in medical education developed while directing the junior internal medicine clerkship for five years, and he joined the college’s central administration as assistant dean for undergraduate and graduate medical education in 1987. He was promoted to associate dean for student and academic affairs in 1989. In 2000 he was promoted to the rank of professor and assumed his current post as executive associate dean for academic affairs, overseeing undergraduate and graduate medical education, continuing medical education and faculty affairs.
Dr. Wheeler is a past regional and national chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Student Affairs, where he championed the importance of the educational mission at academic medical centers and gained broad respect among his peers at other medical schools.
Greatly admired and respected by medical students, Dr. Wheeler has received many student-driven educational awards. Since 1982, he has delivered an annual lecture to incoming freshmen at orientation about professionalism and selflessness. Graduating seniors have frequently chosen Dr. Wheeler to deliver the keynote lecture at Honors Convocation. Among many other honors, he received the College of Medicine’s Distinguished Faculty Service Award in 2015.
Contact Dr. Wheeler: (501) 686-8499 | WheelerRichard@uams.edu