Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy

CSA Faculty


Fred Richards III, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer


University of Texas at Austin, 1984


MED 236D
(210) 567-3878


Dr. Richards is a teacher of Gross Anatomy for first year medical students, second year medical students, and first year dental students. He also is the director for a head and neck gross anatomy course for second year dental students.


Other teaching responsibilities include team-teaching advanced anatomy courses to senior medical students in LOM Gross Anatomy and MSK Gross Anatomy, as well as lecturing to the allied health students in the Inter-Professional Gross Anatomy course.

In 2009 Dr. Richards received the prestigious UTHSCSA's Presidential Teaching Excellence Award. In 2010 Dr. Richards was inducted by the faculty into the UTHSCSA's Academy of Master Teachers. In 2010 he was also awarded the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor by the University of Texas Board of Regents. Over the years the UTHSCSA medical and dental students have selected Dr. Richards to be the recipient of many different awards.


Medical School
Dr. Richards was selected to be one of two charter faculty members when the Medical School Gold Humanism Honor Society was created at UTHSCSA in 2005. The medical class of 2011 honored him with the Teacher of the Year Award. The female medical students have chosen him for several American Medical Women's Awards (AMWA). Numerous times he has been selected by the senior medical students for the Outstanding Faculty Award including the class of 2014. He was selected by the 2015 senior medical class as an Assistant Graduation Marshall.


Dental School
The dental students have awarded Dr. Richards the Professor of the Year Award several times including the class of 2015. They have also awarded Dr. Richards the Dental School Faculty Assembly Teaching Excellence Award. In 2013 Dr. Richards was elected by the dental faculty to be an Honorary Member of the UTHSCSA Dental Honor Society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon.