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Richard (Rick) H. Streiffer, MD


Richard ("Rick") Streiffer

Dr. Streiffer is the founding Chairman of and Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Tulane.  He is a native of New Orleans where he attended Isidore Newman School from K through 12. He received a BS Cum Laude in Mathematics from Tulane University, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a senior. He received an MD from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans where he was elected to AOA Honor Medical Society, and then completed the Family Medicine Residency at the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences in Tuscaloosa where he prepared for full spectrum rural practice. After several years in practice in rural Mississippi where he also served as a preceptor for students in his office, he began a full time teaching career at the University of Mississippi in both the student and residency divisions of the Department. He has subsequently served as Director of the Mercy Family Medicine Residency in Denver, Co; as Predoctoral Education Director in Family Medicine at LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans; and as founding Director of the Baton Rouge General’s Family Medicine Residency program, before coming to Tulane to start the Department in 1998.  At Tulane, Dr. Streiffer has been the Project Director on four federal training grants and two private foundation grants (AmeriCares and Macy Foundations) totaling $3.2 million, which enabled the development under his leadership of the Family Medicine Clerkship, the Tulane Rural Medical Education (TRuMEd) program and the Tulane Rural Immersion Program (TRIP). After twelve years as Department Chair, Rick stepped down as chair on June 30, 2010 to focus on student teaching programs and his interest in rural workforce.

Dr. Streiffer maintains an active primary care practice at Tulane’s University Square facility in uptown New Orleans and area nursing homes. He holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Geriatrics, and has special interests in geriatrics, patient education, preventive medicine, behavior change, and rural health workforce issues. He has been the recipient of teaching awards from residents and students, and has been active in leadership and committee roles at the national and state level in the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the American and Louisiana Academies of Family Physicians, including serving several years on the board and as president of the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians and its Foundation, and as Secretary-Treasurer of the Society. He was appointed to the Louisiana Health Works Commission by Governor Jindal in 2009, has served as the co-chair of the Governor’s Interagency Task Force on the Future of Family Medicine in Louisiana since 2004, and was a lead on its 2005 study of the primary care workforce needs and strategies in Louisiana. In 2006–07, he spent a year working with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals on Graduate Medical Education and Primary Care Workforce issues in the context of the post-Katrina Health Care Redesign initiative.

Active in the local community, Dr. Streiffer served for several years on the regional board of the AntiDefamation League; is on the board of the Institute for Southern Jewish Life; is a certified mohel performing ritual circumcisions and ceremonies (brit milah) for the Jewish community; has been a songleader and barbershop singer; and, with his wife, served on the summer volunteer medical staff for over twenty years at the Henry S Jacobs Camp in Utica, MS.  Rick is married to New Orleans native Ann, a former nurse practitioner gone full-time chocolatier, and together they have 3 grown kids and 3 kids-in-law, 3 grandsons, a chocolate lab, a yellow lab-mix, and a 2nd career in their family-run chocolate retail business.


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