Dr. Richard D. Hammer completed his undergraduate degree in Pharmacy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh Pa., graduating Magna Cum Laude. While in Pharmacy school he gained experience in research in Medicinal Chemistry. He then attended the elite M.D./Ph.D at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. where he studied pharmacology and the biochemistry of drug metabolism. He received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC in 1988, graduating 9th in his class of 145. He then completed a 5 year-residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville TN. followed by a specialty year in Surgical Pathology and Cytology and then a two-year fellowship in Hematopathology under Dr. Robert Collins, co-developer of the Lukes-Collins lymphoma classification system. Dr. Hammer also spent an additional year of fellowship training in molecular pathology techniques at Vanderbilt developing novel molecular assays related to lymphomas. Dr. Hammer is board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology with subspecialty board certification in Hematology.
After completion of his training in 1996, Dr. Hammer joined Clinical Pathology Associates in Austin TX, which serves 10 hospitals in Austin and San Antonio, is the third largest clinical lab in the US, and runs numerous outpatient surgery centers. He served as senior partner, Vice President and member of the Executive Committee.
Dr. Hammer currently serves as Associate Director of Clinical Laboratories, Associate Professor of Clinical and Anatomical Sciences at University of Missouri and Director of Hematopathology and Coagulation. He was also recently appointed to a team of 23 faculty members to train students seeking a PhD track in informatics.
In 2010 Dr. Hammer developed an interest in the process of aging and preventive medicine. Dr. Hammer completed a fellowship in Anti-aging and Regenerative Medicine, broadening the scope of his experience combined with new therapies. He is an expert in metabolic testing, supplements, nutriceuticals, nutrition and exercise for optimal health as well as stem cell techniques for preventive and regenerative medicine.
Dr. Hammer has a long history of strength training and sports, first starting in high school as a competitive tennis player and an avid weight lifter in medical school. He has also been a high-level amateur golfer in his younger days. He has coached youth in soccer and golf. After moving to Missouri he rediscovered powerlifting and joined the OWOWS/OMOWS in Columbia MO and holds the current Missouri State record for Bench Press and Deadlift (M4, 82.5kg) set at the 2016 Show Me State Games, beating the prior deadlift record set in 1996 by 29.5kg. He is also an ADFPF National referee. In his spare time, Dr. Hammer can be found at the gym, hiking, running or cycling on the trail or developing new healthy recipes at home.