Department of Cellular and Structural Biology

CSB 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 and Embryology for first year medical students, second year medical students, and first year dental students. He is also the course director for a head and neck gross anatomy course for dental students.


Other teaching responsibilities include team-teaching an advanced anatomy course to senior medical students, and lecturing in the inter-professional human gross anatomy course.

In 2009 Dr. Richards received the UTHSCSA's highest teaching award, the Presidential Teaching Excellence Award. In 2010 Dr. Richards was inducted by the faculty into the UTHSCSA's Academy of Master Teachers. Later that same year he was 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.


He was selected to be one of two charter faculty members when the Gold Humanism Honor Society was created at UTHSCSA. The medical class of 2011 honored him with the Teacher of the Year Award. The female medical students have chosen him for several AMWA Awards. Numerous times he has been selected by the senior medical students for the Outstanding Faculty Award including the class of 2014. The dental students have awarded Dr. Richards the Professor of the Year Award several times including the class of 2014. 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.