Richard Brasington M.D.

Dr. Richard D. Brasington has been recognized for his significant contributions to medical education. Since joining the faculty at Washington University in 1966, as director of the rheumatology fellowship program, Dr. Brasington’s contributions as a clinician and educator have been integral to the Division of Rheumatology’s success. Having directed the Rheumatology Clinic for 16 years, he has been honored as one of America’s Best Doctors since 2003. As an educator, he holds major responsibilities for training medical residents and fellows, is course master for the second-year rheumatology course, and hosts a third-year medical student in his clinic.

Richard’s passion for teaching and mentoring has brought him was honors such as several Clinical Teacher of the Year awards and two Distinguished Service Teaching Awards. He also is a 10-time recipient of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Rheumatology Fellowship Training Award. Nationally, Brasington pioneered a trainee evaluation tool now used at many other rheumatology centers. Richard was instrumental in developing the ACR Competency-Based Curriculum Guide for Fellowships.

While primarily focused on education and patient care, Richard also supports research and working with patients in clinical studies. He established a clinical trials unit in the division, and his involvement in many of its studies has earned him national recognition.

Dr. Brasington received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1974 and his medical degree from Duke University in 1980, and then completed his training with an internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship at the University of Iowa.