OHSU medical school dean dies 3 weeks after sustaining critical injuries

Mark Richardson, MD, dean of Portland-based Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, died three weeks after he was severely injured while performing home repairs, according to the Portland Business Journal.

On Saturday, Aug. 13, Dr. Richardson fell while working on home repairs. Due to his critical condition, he was taken to a metro-area hospital and was placed in critical condition. OHSU President Joe Robertson, MD, has been serving as acting dean in Dr. Richardson's absence.

Over the weekend, OHSU officials announced Dr. Richardson had died approximately three weeks after the incident. The exact date of his death was not specified in the Portland Business Journal report.

"I am deeply saddened to report the passing of Dean Mark Richardson," Dr. Robertson said in a statement. "Mark was a devoted clinician, an inspiring and accomplished leader and a warm, funny and engaging person. To most of us, Mark was more than a dean. He was a dear, dear personal friend."

Dr. Richardson served as professor and chair of the OHSU Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery from 2001 to 2006. He served as dean of the medical school on an interim basis in 2006 and was appointed dean in July 2007.

The school will hold a memorial to celebrate Dr. Richardson's life at a later date.

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