Family Physician Makes House Calls in Chicago’s South Side to Address Health Disparities—Fred Richardson, M.D., Chicago

Chicago’s South Side is home to some of the city’s most underserved and dangerous neighborhoods, where many residents lack access to basic primary care services. In addition, many young adults from these under-resourced neighborhoods struggle to complete advanced degrees like medical school.

Family physician Fred Richardson, M.D., returned to Chicago’s South Side after medical school to become a solo practitioner, serving the same neighborhoods he grew up in and he has been making house calls for seniors and the disabled in the South Side neighborhoods since 1990. He also mentors and teaches minority students who are struggling with medical school, many of which have been on probation or dismissed.

Richardson’s work during the past two decades has improved access to care for underserved communities, as well as helped dozens of minority students stay in medical school to finish their studies.