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Harlan G. Rich Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Medical Science

A member of the Medical School Faculty since 1992, Dr. Rich received his MD at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, performed his Internal Medicine Residency at Boston City Hospital, and his Fellowship Training at Brown Medical School. He has served as Chief of the Gastroenterology Section at the Providence VAMC and Director of Endoscopy and Director of the GI Clinic at Rhode Island Hospital. He is section leader of the second year GI Pathophysiology course, teaches third and fourth year students in the Medical and Longitudinal Clerkships, is a former Chair of the Medical School Curriculum Committee, and is actively involved in training GI Fellows. Research interests include smooth muscle dysfunction in esophagitis, visceral hypersensitivity, and image enhanced endoscopic evaluation of colonic polyps. Clinical interests include Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD), Barrett's Esophagus, Esophageal Motility Disorders, Colon Cancer and Colon Cancer Screening, H. Pylori Infection, Acute and Chronic Liver Disease.

Brown Affiliations

awards and honors

Dean's Teaching Excellence Award, June 2008
in recognition of exemplary teaching in
Bio 3670: Gastroenterology/ Pathophysiology Small Group

Faculty Marshall
Thirty-Fourth Medical Convocation, MD Class of 2008
Brown Medical School

Dean's Teaching Excellence Award, June 2007
in recognition of exemplary teaching in
Bio 351: Gastroenterology/ Pathophysiology

Outstanding Mentor in Gastroenterology 2006-2007
Brown University Division of Gastroenterology, June 2006
Brown University Affiliated Hospital GI Training Program

Dean's Teaching Excellence Award, May 2006
in recognition of exemplary teaching in
Bio 351: Gastroenterology/ Pathophysiology Small Group

Dean's Teaching Excellence Award, July 2005
in recognition of exemplary teaching in
Bio 351: Pathophysiology-Gastroenterology

MD Hooder
Thirtieth Medical Convocation, MD Class of 2004
Brown Medical School

Dean's Teaching Excellence Award, July 2004
in recognition of exemplary teaching in
Bio 282: Pathophysiology-Gastroenterology

Master of Arts (ad eundem), May 2003
Brown University

Dean's Teaching Excellence Award, July 2002
in recognition of exemplary teaching in
Bio 282: Pathophysiology-Gastroenterology and
Bio 301: Clerkship in Internal Medicine

Chairman's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2002
Department of Medicine
Brown Medical School

Faculty Marshall
Twenty-Eighth Medical Convocation, MD Class of 2002
Brown Medical School

Dean's Teaching Excellence Award, July 2001
in recognition of exemplary teaching in
Bio 282: Pathophysiology-Gastroenterology and
Bio 301: Clerkship in Internal Medicine
Brown Medical School

Faculty Award
Twenty-Seventh Medical Convocation, MD Class of 2001
Brown Medical School

Faculty Marshall
Twenty-Seventh Medical Convocation, MD Class of 2001
Brown Medical School

Outstanding Teacher in Gastroenterology, 1999-2000
Brown University Affiliated Hospital GI Training Program

Faculty Marshall
Twenty-Sixth Medical Convocation, MD Class of 2000
Brown Medical School

MD Hooder
Twenty-Sixth Medical Convocation, MD Class of 2000
Brown Medical School

Profile in Competence Award
MD2000 Ability II: Basic Clinical Skills, June 2000
Brown Medical School

Teacher of the Year, '98-'99
Brown University Affiliated Hospital GI Training Program


Teacher of the Year, '97-'98
Brown University Affiliated Hospital GI Training Program

DVA Secretary's Hands and Hearts Award 1995
Providence VA Medical Center

Teacher of the Year, '94-'95
Providence VA Medical Center
Internal Medicine Residency Program

Teacher of the Year, '94-'95
Brown University Affiliated Hospital GI Training Program