As associate dean for medical education at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Dr. Richard Vari provides oversight for the development and implementation of the basic sciences curriculum at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
Dr. Vari received his undergraduate degree in biology and his master's and doctorate in physiology under the mentorship of Cobern E. Ott, PhD, from the University of Kentucky. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the department of physiology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine – Columbia under the mentorship of Ronald H. Freeman, Ph.D. Dr. Vari served as an assistant professor in the department of physiology at Tulane University School of Medicine from 1986 until 1993, working on cardio-renal research projects and teaching renal physiology to medical and graduate students.
In 1997, North Dakota's medical school restructured the curriculum and Dr. Vari, as one of the leaders in this reformation, became the patient-centered learning director in the Office of Medical Education. He served as an assistant dean in various capacities in medical education and later was appointed to associate dean for medical education and professor of physiology. In that role, Dr. Vari coordinated the medical curriculum at North Dakota and directed the Office of Medical Education.