M.P.H., Indiana University, 2001

M.D., with Honors University of Chicago, 1992

Ph.D., University of Chicago (Committee on Social Thought), 1989

A.B., summa cum laude Wabash College, 1983


Richard Gunderman is Chancellor's Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies at Indiana University. He received his AB Summa Cum Laude from Wabash College, MD and PhD (Committee on Social Thought) with honors from the University of Chicago, and MPH from Indiana University. He was a Chancellor Scholar of the Federal Republic of Germany and received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. He is a ten-time recipient of the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award, and in 2015 received the Indiana University School of Medicine's inaugural Inspirational Educator Award. He was named the 2008 Outstanding Educator by the Radiological Society of North America, the 2011 American Roentgen Ray Society Berlin Scholar in Professionalism, and the 2012 Distinguished Educator of the American Roentgen Ray Society. In 2012, he received the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Award for Teaching Excellence, the top teaching award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. In 2013, he was the Spinoza Professor at the University of Amsterdam. He serves on numerous boards, including the Kinsey Institute for the Study of Human Sexuality, Christian Theological Seminary, and Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society. He is the author of over 600 articles and has published eight books, including We Make a Life by What We Give (Indiana University, 2008), Leadership in Healthcare (Springer, 2009), Achieving Excellence in Medical Education (2nd edition, Springer, 2011), X-ray Vision (Oxford University, 2013), and Essential Radiology (3rd edition, Thieme, 2014). His latest book, We Come to Life with Those We Serve, will be published later this year.

Academic interests

Philosophical ethics Biomedical ethics Ethics of philanthropy Professionalism


Ethical, Moral, and Religious Perspectives on Philanthropy Ethics and Values of Philanthropy Biomedical Ethics A Life Well Lived The Formation of Character


IU Trustees Teaching Award, 10 times Robert Shellhamer Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, 2004 Outstanding Professor in Clinical Sciences, IU School of Medicine, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching, 2004 2006 IU School of Medicine Faculty Teaching Award 2007 IUPUI Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching 2008 Herman Lieber All-University Award for Distinguished Teaching 2008 Radiological Society of North America Outstanding Educator 2011 American Roentgen Ray Society Berlin Professionalism Award 2012 Association of American Medical Colleges Robert Glaser Distinguished Teacher 2015 IU School of Medicine Inspirational Educator Award



Essential Radiology: Clinical Presentation, Pathophysiology, Imaging 2nd Ed. (Thieme, 2006)

Achieving Excellence in Medical Education (Springer, 2007)

We Make a Life by What We Give (Indiana University Press, 2008)

Leadership in Healthcare (Springer, 2009)

Pediatric Radiology (Thieme, 2010)

X-ray Vision (Oxford University, 2014)

Articles (partial list):

"Health and Fitness", Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 1990 

"Medicine and the Question of Suffering", Second Opinion, 1992 

"Dr. Horace Wells and the Conquest of Surgical Pain", Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 1992 

"Rethinking our Basic Concepts of Health and Disease", Academic Medicine, 1995 

"The Outcome of Medical Outcomes Assessment: It's Not Necessarily Academic", 1995 

"Medicine and the Pursuit of Wealth", Hastings Center Report, 1998 

"Essential Radiology: Clinical Presentation, Pathophysiology, Imaging", Thieme Medical Publishers, 1998 

"Illness as Failure: Blaming Patients", Hastings Center Report, 2000 

"Is Suffering the Enemy?" Hastings Center Report, 2002 

"Images of Our Professional Endowment", The Pharos, 2003 

"Giving and Human Excellence", Conversations on Philanthropy, 2005 

"Imagining Philanthropy", International Journal of Non-Profit Law, 2005 

"Exploring the Human Interior", Academic Medicine, 2005 

"Worthy to Serve the Suffering," The Pharos, 2006

"Enhancing the Professional Fulfillment of Physicians," Academic Medicine, 2006

"Imagining Philanthropy," Conversations on Philanthropy, 2007

"Affliction is a Treasure," The Pharos, 2008 "Humor," Radiology, 2009

"Fail Better," Journal of Thoracic Imaging, 2010

"The Undiminished Flame: Education, Giving, and the Quest for Faith," Lake Lecture, Indiana University


Vice Chair, Department of Radiology Counselor, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Board of Governors, Institute for Advanced Study Board of Governors, Kinsey Institute National Board of Directors, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Chair, Education Study Section, Radiological Society of North America Chair, Association of University Radiologists Faculty Development Program President of the Faculty, Indiana University School of Medicine

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