Richard Rothstein, MD, is chair of the Department of Medicine and the Joseph M. Huber Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine. He is also a professor of surgery and serves as associate dean for continuing education. Rothstein earned his M.D. at Boston University School of Medicine in 1980 and then trained in internal medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Mass.
As chief of gastroenterology, Rothstein led the development of centers of excellence in gastrointestinal and liver disorders and endoscopy. His research focuses on esophageal function and disease, and he has developed numerous innovative procedures in his field. One example is an outpatient procedure he devised to relieve heartburn in patients with gastroesophageal reflux using a modified endoscope. He is considered a pioneer in natural orifice translumenal endoscopic surgery and the role of robotics in endoscopy. He and colleagues developed a wireless capsule that can be manipulated inside a patient’s esophagus and controlled by magnets, which can help with diagnosing Crohn’s disease and other conditions.
Rothstein is also leading two initiatives as department chair: a clinical and research program involves Geisel and the Tuck School of Business that will focus on the problem of obesity. The second project is a collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges that addresses care decisions during serious illness and end of life.