Richard Jackson, also known as Fuzzy, calls Houston his home. His love of travel has taken him on medical missions to Peru, Guatemala, Mali and very poor areas of the United States such as Arkansas.
Richard was born in New Orleans and moved to Houston with his family in 1949 where his father was setting up a practice in internal medicine and pulmonary disease. Richard admired his dad and followed in his footsteps attending college at Washington University in St Louis, achieving a masters in biochemistry at Baylor College of Medicine and an MD degree at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He served as a major in the US Air Force and entered practice with his father in 1976. He has been honored for volunteer work by the American College of Physicians and listed in “Best Doctors in America” and other publications. He achieved the rank of fellow in the American College of Physicians in 1997. He was named as a top doctor by US News and World Report in 2011. He taught ethics and medicine to medical students at Baylor College of Medicine.
Because of his desire to improve the lives of others, Richard has performed many civic and international volunteer activities. He was a member of the board of trustees of his congregation. He organized city wide health fairs for the homeless. He currently serves on the board of the Emergency Aid Coalition and has been president of the organization for 8 of the 21 years he has served. He has his own foundation, Mali Nieta Foundation which he uses to send medical supplies to areas of Peru and Africa to support clinics in those regions. He designed and financed a solar powered electronic classroom in a twenty foot shipping container with 14 computers in conjunction with engineering students at the University of Houston, and he shipped the classroom to Bamako, Mali as an aid to education. He helped design and build a library in Tanzania which is solar powered and has internet services to educate the Maasai children in primary school. Supporting Promise Village Academy in Tanzania is his passion.