Dr. Richard Kennedy

Vice President, Research

Richard Kennedy is vice president for research in the Beaumont Research Institute (BRI) and associate dean for Research at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB). He received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at Michigan State University.

He subsequently joined the faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and rose through the academic ranks from Instructor to Full Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology between 1983 and 1997. From 1995 to 1997, he also served half time as the vice-president for EPSCoR Research at the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority, a state agency focusing on development of a competitive statewide research infrastructure.

In 1998, he assumed the chairmanship of the newly combined Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UAMS and in 2002 became dean of the Graduate School at that institution. He moved to Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences campus in 2004 as senior associate dean/vice provost for research. In 2015, he assumed his positions at BRI and OUWB where he was charged to work with investigators, faculty and students to develop and implement a strategic vision for research and research training.

Kennedy’s research in cardiovascular pharmacology and pathophysiology has resulted in more than 105 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has been funded by a variety of agencies including the NIH, the American Heart Association (AHA), the NCAA, the Office of Naval Research, the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

He is currently on the coordinating committee for the PCORI-funded, Chicago-wide Clinical Data Research Network (CAPriCORN) and has worked with Baxter Healthcare to broaden trainee experiences available in the biomedical sciences. He has served regularly on various peer-review groups including NIH, the AHA, and the Veterans Affairs (VA) Merit Program.