Interprofessional simulation center named in honor of Dean Emeritus Mark A. Richardson

February 14, 2017

OHSU President Robertson during the Mark Richardson Interprofessional Simulation Center dedication ceremony

Family members, colleagues and friends of Dean Emeritus Mark A. Richardson, M.D., M.Sc.B., M.B.A. (1949-2016) gathered Feb. 7 for a dedication ceremony honoring the former School of Medicine leader. The Mark Richardson Interprofessional Simulation Center at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building is now a permanent fixture in one of Oregon's most distinct education and research buildings – and one that recognizes Dr. Richardson's commitment to transforming medical education at OHSU.

OHSU President Joe Robertson, M.D. R '82, M.B.A., welcomed the audience and called simulation the cornerstone of education. "We will remember Mark every time we enter the center," he said, as he gestured toward the eponymous education and training facility.

"The Collaborative Life Sciences Building and the truly amazing Simulation Center were built under Mark's leadership, and they embody his belief in the aspirations and abilities of young men and women who desire to be doctors," said John Hunter, M.D., F.A.C.S., interim dean, OHSU School of Medicine. "Mark understood that having the specialized space and equipment to practice the skills and the art of medicine is essential to learning one of humankind's most important professions."

Attendees get a tour of the Mark Richardson Interprofessional Simulation Center

Dr. John Hunter and Suzy Funkhouser during the Mark Richardson Interprofessional Simulation Center dedication ceremony

Suzy Funkhouser, M.D. student in the Class of 2017, called Dr. Richardson a "tireless advocate for students." Funkhouser told stories of working with him during her career as a lobbyist for OHSU, and later, as a medical student. "I feel very grateful to have benefited from Mark's wisdom and mentorship over the years," she said.

The 20,000 square-foot simulation center at CLSB is a state-of-the-art facility which supports a full range of simulation education, training and research events. Health professions students from a number of OHSU programs, as well as health care professionals from around the nation, utilize it for unique and cross-disciplinary training. It is located on the third and fourth floors of the CLSB and is part of the South Waterfront Central District.

Dr. Richardson served as School of Medicine dean from 2007 until his untimely death last fall. Read more about Dr. Richardson's life and legacy.