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J. Charles Rich, Jr. MD, ’65 - U of U School of Medicine

A neurosurgeon by training Dr. J. Charles, Chuck, Rich is a 1965 graduate of the School of Medicine. He and his graduating class were invited guests of Dean Lee to share medical school and career experiences with current medical students during the Oct 9th Dean’s Roundtable and 50th Anniversary Celebration of the School of Medicine during Alumni Weekend.

Dr. Rich completed his residency in general surgery at Johns Hopkins and then continued on to a neurological surgery internship at Massachusetts General. Among his community engagement accomplishments, he has been the President of the School of Medicine Alumni Association, Treasurer of the SL County Medical Society, Speaker of the House of Delegates for the UMA and AMA. He was head of the Division of Neurological Surgery at LDS Hospital from 1995—2002 and Chief Medical Officer for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. During college he was the cartoonist for the Utah Daily Chronicle, his illustrations can also be found gracing the pages of his class yearbook.  During his time at medical school he had the pleasure of working with Drs. Homer Warner and Dr. Russell Nelson during summer lab work. Dr. Rich retired in 2002 after serving as a member of the IOC Medical Commission from 1997—2002.