Richard Safeer, MD, FAAFP, is Medical Director of Employee Health, Wellness & Innovation at Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC. Dr. Safeer completed his Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at Cornell University before graduating from medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo (magna cum laude). He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Franklin Square Hospital Center, in Baltimore, Maryland. After which, he completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at the Virginia Commonwealth University of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. He is also certified in Clinical Lipidology. He’s achieved fellowship status in both the American Academy of Family Practice and the American College of Preventive Medicine.
Prior to arriving at Hopkins, Dr. Safeer practiced family medicine in Northern Virginia. He was then on faculty at the George Washington University, serving as the Residency Director of Family Medicine in his last year at the institution. He was the Medical Director of an Occupational Health Center in Baltimore and Wellness Director for the Mid-Atlantic region of the parent company, just before starting at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in Baltimore, Maryland as the Medical Director of Preventive Medicine. He has been credited by some for bringing ‘wellness’ in to the realm of responsibilities of the managed care industry. He also led CareFirst BCBS to be among the first cohort of health plans to be accredited for Wellness by NCQA.
Amongst his responsibilities at Hopkins, includes addressing the employee health initiative, Healthy at Hopkins. He also sees patients in the Hopkins Hospital Lipidology clinic. He has published several papers in the cholesterol and wellness arena and has spoken nationally numerous times. He is in his second year serving on the Board of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.