"Be worthy to serve the suffering."

-William W. Root, MD - Founder, 1902

Executive Director of AΩA

Executive Director Richard L. Byyny, MD, FACP

Having led Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society for more than a decade, Dr. Richard L. Byyny, MD, FACP (AΩA, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, 1964) has been a proud lifetime dues member of AΩA. Prior to taking the helm, he served on the AΩA Board of Directors from 1995 – 1999.

Dr. Byyny received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Southern California. He received his internal medicine training at Columbia University, and completed an endocrinology fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He served as head of the Division of Internal Medicine Training Program at the University of Chicago from 1971–1977. He then moved to Colorado to establish the first-ever Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where he also served as Vice-Chairman of the Department of Medicine.

He was promoted to a newly established position of Executive Vice-Chancellor for the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and then went on to be the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Research of the University of Colorado System, where he oversaw all four University of Colorado campuses (Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs, and the Health Sciences Center).

In 1997, he became Chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder, a position he held for eight years.

Dr. Byyny served in the Air Force from 1966-1968, during the Viet Nam conflict.  He was a flight surgeon and Chief of Occupational Medicine and Public Health for Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Throughout each of Dr. Byyny’s administrative positions he continued to care for patients in the medical office and hospital setting as he believes that “being worthy to serve the suffering,” along with leadership and professionalism are the core tenets of excellence in physicianship.