About the Founder

Meet Richard Ferguson, MD, MBA

Dr. Richard Ferguson grew up in Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh, PA area. He went to undergrad at Northwestern University upon graduating high school and then went on to medical school at the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. He is board certified in Family Medicine and has practiced Emergency Medicine in Rural and Critical Access based communities for several years. He served in the U.S. Army as a Battalion and Brigade Surgeon for 7 years in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Dr. Ferguson has commented on the fact that, “one of most impactful times of my life as a physician was in caring for soldiers and their families abroad”

In 2021, Dr. Ferguson started the Black Physicians of Utah (BPOU) in hopes to bridge the gaps of need for Physicians of Color for patients, colleagues, hospitals, and medical school recruitment. Since 2021, he has been serving as the Chief Medical Officer for Health Choice Utah. In his spare time, Dr. Ferguson has completed only 37 triathlons and enjoys catching Football games with family and friends.

Dr. Ferguson in the Press

Dr. Ferguson at the University of Utah Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Dr. Ferguson speaks at the University of Utah Psychiatry Grand Rounds to discuss ways to improve healthcare outcomes for Black and underrepresented Utahns.

Dr. Ferguson Featured on Telemundo Utah

Dr. Ferguson is featured on Telemundo to discuss the importance of the Black Physicians of Utah and the purpose of its initial founding.

Dr. Ferguson Discusses The Importance of Black Physician Representation

Healthcare outcomes for Black patients improve when their healthcare providers are Black. Our very own, Dr.Ferguson expands on this and explains why Black physician representation is so important for Black lives.

Dr. Richard Ferguson Discusses the Disproportionate Impact of Marijuana Usage Penalities on People of Color

Dr. Richard Ferguson Joins Fox 13 to Discuss how the Penalties for Marijuana Usage Have had a Disproportionate Impact on People of Color.

Dr. Richard Ferguson Discusses Medicine Immersion Day on PBS Utah

Dr. Richard Ferguson joins Mary Dickson on PBS Utah to talk about the Black Physicians of Utah and its upcoming event, Medicine Immersion Day, on September  24th from 8 am-4 pm.  If you’re interested in attending sign up on Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/381846823127