Meet Dr. Mark Riddle

UNR Med Associate Dean for Clinical Research

“I’m extremely excited and feel privileged to be joining the great people at UNR Med and the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System – and thecommunities and patients of northern Nevada which they serve.”

Mark Riddle, M.D., Dr.P.H., through a joint appointment by the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, has been named professor of internal medicine and associate dean for clinical research at UNR Med and associate chief of staff for research at the VA.


He joins both teams Sept. 1. Dr. Riddle brings more than two decades of combined research and development, public health, academic and medical expertise to northern Nevada. Specifically, his areas of expertise include the global impact of infectious and gastrointestinal diseases, health economics and analysis and many other key areas of research. As UNR Med’s Associate Dean for Clinical Research, Riddle will oversee the school’s clinical research activities and lead its new clinical research center. In this position, Riddle will facilitate research opportunities for medical students, residents and community physicians. He will also focus on fostering UNR Med’s community physicians and health care partnerships.


“Dr. Riddle represents the next level opportunity for UNR Med’s portfolio – clinical research. Under his direction, clinical research will complement our nationally-renowned basic science investigators and have a major impact on student programs, clinical research development and training. It will also create deeper community connections for the School of Medicine through clinical research trials,” said UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D.


A veteran himself, Riddle will serve as the chief of research at the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System, managing a clinical research enterprise and incorporating the UNR Med students and residents who train there. In addition, Riddle will be integrally involved in the Million Veteran Program, where DNA samples of thousands of veterans are studied to understand how genetics affects health.


Riddle comes to UNR Med from the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland, where he oversaw 10 programs and divisions responsible for enhancing health through medical education, research and service.


“I’m extremely excited and feel privileged to be joining the great people at UNR Med and the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System – and the communities and patients of northern Nevada which they serve,” said Riddle.

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