Richard Applegate, MD

Loma Linda University School of Medicine has selected Richard Applegate, MD, as chair of the Department of Anesthesiology effective July 1.

Applegate joins Loma Linda University Health from the University of California, Davis, where he served as professor and chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

He will lead a team of talented anesthesiologists, CRNAs, and support staff, and will work collaboratively with other departments and disciplines to provide the highest quality care to our patients. He will also oversee the education and training of our residents and fellows, and will play a key role in advancing our research programs.

“Dr. Applegate demonstrates significant commitment and expertise to medical education, research, and patient care that will benefit Loma Linda University Health and the School of Medicine,” said Tamara Thomas, MD, dean of Loma Linda University School of Medicine.

His expertise in perioperative medicine, pain management, and patient safety has led to numerous publications and presentations at national and international meetings. He is committed to advancing the practice of anesthesiology through innovative research and education, and has been recognized for his excellence in teaching and mentorship.

Applegate earned his Doctor of Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1982. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 1985, and a fellowship in Advanced Clinical Anesthesiology at Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in 1986.

Applegate succeeds Robert Martin, MD, who served as chair of the department since 2004.

The position was approved in May by the Loma Linda University Health Board of Trustees.