Richard L. Coulson, Ph.D.

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Title:  Director, Medical Physiologist, Medical Educator
Company: Clayton State University
Location: Fayetteville, Georgia, United States

Richard L. Coulson, Ph.D., Director, Medical Physiologist and Medical Educator at Clayton State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the medical and education industries.

Drawing upon more than five decades of experience, Dr. Coulson is a preeminent figure in the realms of medicine and education. Specializing in the intricacies of congestive heart failure, he is most renowned for his discovery of the depression of cardiac activation by nitroglycerine, as well as the discovery of catecholamine depletion in cardiac hypertrophy and the co-invention of the Cognitive Flexibility Theory. Receiving numerous grants to fund his research in cardiology and physiology, he has additionally served as a contributor of myriad articles to professional journals, editor of several medical publications, and reviewer of numerous papers.

Since 2014, Dr. Coulson has served as a medical education consultant in the College of Health at Clayton State University. Prior to this illustrious role, he was a professor and chair of physician assistant education at Saint Louis University for one year, professor and instructor of anatomy and physiology at Gordon College for two years, and founding professor in physiology and an evaluation director at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine for one year. Dr. Coulson previously served a number of other academic institutions in a variety of teaching and administrative roles, having commenced his career as a research and teaching assistant at such universities as the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto in Canada. He currently holds dual citizenship in both Canada and the United States.

To prepare for his career, Dr. Coulson pursued formal education at the University of Calgary, where he received a Bachelor of Science in zoology, botany and philosophy in 1967. Attending the University of Alberta soon thereafter, he earned a Master of Science in physiology and biophysics in 1968. Dr. Coulson obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in physiology and bioengineering from the University of Toronto in 1971 and went on to serve as a postdoctoral research associate in the department of physiology at University College London. He concluded his academic pursuits with a postdoctoral cardiac fellowship in the cardiology section of the department of medicine at Temple University.

Highlighted in the eighth edition of Who’s Who in American Education, Dr. Coulson has accrued myriad accolades throughout his career. Named a Queen Elizabeth Scholar by the University of Calgary and Edward Christie Stevens Scholar by the University of Toronto in the 1960s, he was the recipient of the Young Investigators Award from the Deborah Heart Foundation in 1976. Most recently, he was honored with an Outstanding Paper Award in 1997.

Attributing his success to the support of his wife, Dr. Coulson is the proud father of two children and two grandchildren. In his spare time, he enjoys theater set design and construction, travel, water aerobics, skiing, scuba diving, rodeo and ice hockey.

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