Richard Applegate, MD
By Hillary Angel - March 14, 2023

Loma Linda University School of Medicine recommends Richard Applegate, MD, as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology effective July 1, 2023. 

Dr. Applegate joins Loma Linda from the University of California, Davis, where he is currently serving as professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

Dr. Applegate earned his Doctor of Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1982.  He completed his residency in anesthesiology at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 1985 and a fellowship in Advanced Clinical Anesthesiology at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1986. 

 “Dr. Applegate demonstrates significant commitment and expertise to medical education, research and patient care that will benefit Loma Linda University Health and the School of Medicine,” said Tamara Thomas, MD, dean of Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

Dr. Applegate is a highly respected researcher and leader in the field of anesthesiology, with a distinguished record of accomplishment in clinical care, education, and research. His expertise in perioperative medicine, pain management, and patient safety has led to numerous publications and presentations at national and international meetings. He is committed to advancing the practice of anesthesiology through innovative research and education, and has been recognized for his excellence in teaching and mentorship.

At Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Dr. Applegate will lead a team of talented anesthesiologists, CRNAs, and support staff, and will work collaboratively with other departments and disciplines to provide the highest quality care to our patients. He will also be responsible for overseeing the education and training of our residents and fellows, and will play a key role in advancing our research programs.

Dr. Applegate replaces Robert Martin, MD, who served as chair of the department since 2004.

The position will go to the board in May 2023.