Dr. Richard Turnage is the Executive Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine (COM). Dr. Turnage was recruited to UAMS as Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery in 2008 after leading clinical and academic programs in surgery at other institutions for nearly two decades. In addition to his college leadership positions, Turnage has been a key leader in UAMS’ clinical operations. As chair of the Hospital Medical Board from 2012 to 2014, he facilitated a heightened focus on patient- and family-centered care, safety, patient satisfaction, and transparent reporting of clinical quality metrics. He subsequently led development and implementation of UAMS’ integrated clinical enterprise and served as chief service line officer. He served as vice chancellor for clinical programs and CEO of UAMS Medical Center from 2016 until returning to the college to assume the role of executive associate dean in May 2019.