Dr. Mark Riddle named to dual clinical research appointments

at UNR Med and VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System

Mark Riddle, M.D., Dr.P.H.

Mark Riddle, M.D., Dr.P.H., professor of internal medicine and associate dean for clinical research at UNR Med and associate chief of staff for research for the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System. UNR Med photo by Brin Reynolds. 

In a joint appointment, the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine has named Mark Riddle, M.D., Dr.P.H., as professor of internal medicine and associate dean for clinical research and the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System has named Riddle associate chief of staff for research. Dr. Riddle's announcement comes as both health care partners collaborate to build an expanded clinical and translational research program in northern Nevada that is designed to improve care for patients and increase research opportunities for health professionals and scientists.

Dr. Riddle brings more than two decades of combined research and development, public health, academic and clinical medicine expertise to UNR Med and the VA. His specific areas of expertise include the global impact of infectious and gastrointestinal disease, population-based epidemiological study design and execution, population health, health economics and analysis, biomarker discovery and translational research, among other key areas.  

"I'm extremely excited and feel privileged to be joining the great people at UNR Med and the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System - and the communities and patients of northern Nevada which they serve," said Riddle. "After 21 years in the U.S. Navy advancing medical research and population health of our service men and women, I look forward to furthering the health and wellness of the community through growing and advancing clinical and translational research (CTR) that deals with important problems we face, while helping to train the next generation of medical researchers."  

As UNR Med's Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Riddle will oversee the school's CTR activities, including leading UNR Med's new clinical research center, collaborating with the UNR Office of Research and Innovation to advance CTR, supporting the development of CTR across UNR's health sciences schools and colleges, and facilitating CTR opportunities for medical students, residents, faculty members and community physicians. He will also focus on fostering UNR Med's community physicians and health care partnerships.  

"Dr. Riddle represents the next level opportunity for UNR Med's portfolio - clinical research. Under his direction, clinical research will complement our nationally-renowned basic science investigators and have a major impact on student programs, clinical research development and training. It will also create deeper community connections for the School of Medicine through clinical research trials," said UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D. "Clinical research is the way medical schools are known to most communities, so it's extremely exciting to have Dr. Riddle coming on board with the opening of the new clinical research center on campus."  

As the Chief of Research at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, Dr. Riddle, a Veteran and northern California native, will manage a clinical research enterprise that will include UNR Med students and residents who train there. Among the research projects, Dr. Riddle will be integrally involved in the Million Veteran Program, a national research program studying how genes affect health and illness. His leadership and research experience will be leveraged to increase clinical research through partnership with VA physicians, clinical staff, and the Sierra Veterans Research & Education Foundation.  

"The VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System and the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine want northern Nevada to be a hub for clinical research initiatives in the nation.  Research is essential in providing the highest level of evidence-based medicine to improve medical care. Our goal is to facilitate and enhance our ability to provide the best quality care possible to our Veterans and attract superb medical talent to our community," said Lisa Howard, director of the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System. "Dr. Riddle is the first joint dual appointment of VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System and UNR Med.  Together, we anticipate that within the next five to 10 years we will have significantly transformed clinical research in Reno."  

Most recently, Riddle served as professor and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland, where he oversaw more than 60 full-time faculty members supporting 10 programs and divisions responsible for enhancing health through medical education, research and service. He also served the U.S. Army and Navy in various director roles including leading the U.S. Military Diarrheal Diseases Vaccine Research Program and the Enteric Diseases Department at the Naval Medical Research Center.  

Riddle earned his Bachelor of Science degree in zoology and human development from University of California at Davis, his Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University of School of Medicine, his Master of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at the Tulane University School of Public Health and his Doctor of Public Health from Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. He is board certified in general preventive medicine and a Fellow of the International Society of Travel Medicine.  

Riddle's professional affiliations are extensive, including serving on the research committees of the American College of Gastroenterology and the International Society of Travel Medicine, and serves as an ad hoc advisor and expert for the World Health Organization and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Since 1939, the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System has served Veterans throughout northeastern California and northern Nevada. For 80 years, our dedicated staff has ensured that we honor America’s Veterans with the highest quality health care in the nation. As we transform our Reno facility to the next level, our mission to incorporate our five core values: ICARE - Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, and Excellence remains steadfast. Our promise is that this High Reliability Organization is here for our Veterans’ whole health into their future. 

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The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, Nevada's first public medical school, is a community-based, research-intensive medical school with a statewide vision for a healthy Nevada. Established in 1969, UNR Med is improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans and their communities through excellence in student education, postgraduate training and clinical care, research with local, national and global impact and a culture of diversity and inclusion.

Released: Tuesday May 7, 2019 @ 6:00 AM