Richard G. Petty graduated in medicine from the London Hospital Medical College, University of London, in 1976.
In addition to his basic medical degree, he holds an advanced degree in Physiology, another in Biochemistry, and a research doctorate in Endocrinology. He has the unusual distinction of being a Member of both the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the United Kingdom.
He practiced and taught internal medicine and endocrinology for 14 years, having trained in medicine, neurology, cardiology and endocrinology, at several of the major teaching hospitals in London, England. He was an Internist at one of the top Medical Centers in the UK for more than eight years.
He did his psychiatric training at the Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Hospitals, London, and Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore.
Dr Petty has had a 35-year interest in complementary medicine, both as a practitioner and as a researcher. He served for many years as the Chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine, before becoming the Chairman of the entire Organization from 1992-1994. From 1993-98 he was also heavily involved with the Foundation for Integrated Medicine, which was founded by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. He served first as Chairman of the Scientific Committee and then as a Trustee of the Foundation.
He advises on treatment and also lectures throughout the world, having been a Visiting Professor, Guest Lecturer or Keynote Speaker in 45 countries on five continents in the last five years.
He has over 140 publications to his credit, and he has received many awards, including the 1997 Resident's Award for Excellence in Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania.
He has been engaged in extensive work with the media to advocate for the mentally ill, and he and his Unit were featured on a special report on schizophrenia on “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer”. The program has now been shown all over the world. He regularly appears on television and radio programs in many countries.
He was for many years on the Faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, and served as the Director of Clinical Research of the Mental Health Clinical Research Center, one of the largest schizophrenia research programs in the world, and also Director of the Inpatient Neuropsychiatry Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He was Founder and the first Director of the Integrated Medicine Program within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to his medical credentials, he has had extensive training in acupuncture, including advanced work in China, as well as hypnotherapy, homeopathy, and Reiki.
He is currently Scientific Director of the Promedica Research Center in Atlanta, and Adjunct Professor at Georgia State University College of Health Sciences. He is also a member of the National Speakers Association and the World Future Society.
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