Richard Mullins, M.D. Retires

Academic Faculty, Richard Mullins, M.D.Richard Mullins, M.D. retired June 30, 2014, after 25 years on the faculty of OHSU. From 1974 to 1980, Dr. Mullins was a Surgical House Officer in the Department of Surgery at the University of Oregon, under the tutelage of Professor and Chair William Krippaehne, M.D.

In July of 1980, he moved to Albany, New York for a post-doctoral research fellowship in a physiology laboratory at Albany Medical Center. He then had a formative trauma fellowship at the Grady Hospital in Atlanta, working for H.Harlan Stone, M.D. His first academic appointment was to the faculty of the University of Louisville, and he worked there from 1983 to 1988. On January 1, 1989, Dr. Mullins began his career at OHSU, hired by Don Trunkey, M.D. to be the Chief of Trauma; he held that position until 2007.

Not only did Surgery Chair Dr. Trunkey hire Dr. Mullins, Dr. Trunkey also played an influential role in steering him towards a military career. In 1993, Dr. Mullins accepted a commission in the U.S. Navy Reserves, and by the time of his honorable discharge in 2014, he had been deployed three times as a trauma surgeon to the Middle East; twice to Iraq, and once to Afghanistan. During his deployments, Dr. Mullins and his wife, Barbara Lenfesty, had the unwavering support of the Department of Surgery faculty and staff.

In addition to his military service, Dr. Mullins’ career has been marked by service to the university. He has served on several OHSU committees, including Chair of the Trauma Committee, the OHSU Promotion and Tenure Committee (a six-year appointment), and the OHSU Clinical Compliance Committee. In addition, and for most of his tenure on the faculty, he has been a member of the Chairman’s Surgery Grand Rounds Organization Committee.

Upon retirement from full-time employment at OHSU, Dr. Mullins and his wife Barbara have moved into the next phase of their lives, with an emphasis on “no more nights/weekend call,” their joint expanded commitment to their garden, and leisurely travel. Rich continues to work part time, mentoring fourth year medical students and seeing patients.