Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Medical Officer, American Federation for Aging Research

Richard W. Besdine, M.D., is the Medical Officer for the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) and Professor of Medicine, Greer Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, and Director of the Division of Geriatrics in the Department of Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is also former Chief Medical Officer of the federal Health Care Financing Administration (now the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid). From 1972-86, Dr. Besdine served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and co-founded Harvard's Division on Aging with John W. Rowe, M.D.