Richard A. Vinroot, Jr. MD MPH is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. He completed his undergraduate degree, as well as a joint MD/MPH, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While attending the UNC Gillings School of Global Health, he completed both Global Health and Public Health Leadership Certificates. Following his time in Chapel Hill, he completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Louisiana State University School of Medicine/Charity Hospital in New Orleans, where he served as Chief Resident. Following training, he immediately moved to Nairobi, Kenya where he served as an HIV/TB Field Physician with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres.
Professionally, he has worked extensively as an emergency room physician in rural, acute access and inner-city emergency rooms, as well as Level 1 Trauma Centers. He has also practiced disaster medicine during both Hurricane Katrina and the Haitian Earthquake. In 2013, he joined the United States Navy and served in both Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa. Following several years serving in the military, he practiced international emergency medicine in the Arabian Gulf with both the Johns Hopkins Aramco/International SOS and at the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. He has held academic appointments at both Case Western University and University of Queensland Schools of Medicine. Lastly, he is credentialed with the Indian Health Service and works clinically on Arizona’s San Carlos Apache Reservation as an emergency medicine physician. Currently, he is serving as Vice President/Global Corporate Medical Director of Freeport-McMoRan, which is a global mining, manufacturing, and oil and gas company and is in charge of the company’s medical and public health response to the Coronavirus/COVID pandemic.