Dr. Gloria Richard-Davis, MD, MBA, NCMP, FACOG is a fierce advocate for health equity, education, and mentoring. She has mentored, coached, and sponsored students, residents, and faculty, many of whom are national leaders in women’s health today.
She has been recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in women’s health, serving as a key opinion leader, consultant, and advisor to many professional organizations and corporations. She has been featured on CNN and other national/local networks discussing women’s reproductive health and other health-related topics.
She has served as a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as Medical Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) for the past ten years.
As if all of that wasn’t spectacular enough, Dr. Richard-Davis also serves as the Executive Director for the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at UAMS. In addition, she serves as Chair of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Committee, and has served or is currently serving on several community and corporate boards.
As executive director for DDEI, she works directly with leadership at UAMS across 5 professional colleges and graduate studies, statewide and nationally, with students, residents, and faculty to focus on increasing diversity in our workforce, creating a more inclusive environment and eliminating health disparities in quest of health equity.
Dr. Richard-Davis has more than 30 years of experience in women’s health and reproductive endocrinology and in general obstetrics and gynecology. She has provided excellence in reproductive care with compassion, assisting thousands of families in achieving their dream of parenthood.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, she co-chaired Arkansas’ Health Equity Response Team evaluating the adverse impact on vulnerable communities and making recommendations for equitable testing, treatment, and vaccines. She was awarded the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Gold Humanism in Medicine Award for practicing physicians. She is also the recipient of many other awards and grants for her research and scholarly activities presented at many national and international meetings.
Dr. Richard-Davis has also authored numerous peer-reviewed publications in national journals, presented extensively at professional meetings, been awarded millions of dollars in research funding, and has received national awards for research in reproductive medicine. Much of her work in research has been focused on conditions that disproportionately affect women of color, such as fibroid. Some of her early publications highlighted the cultural differences in how women experience menopause, disparities in fertility treatment outcomes, racial physiological differences in uterine fibroids, and breast density as risk factors for breast cancer in women of color. She authored the Planning Parenthood book, a comprehensive guide for women experiencing infertility.