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Richard Shriner, MD | University of Florida


Richard ShrinerMedical Director, UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital
Assistant Clinical Professor

Dr. Shriner is triple boarded in Internal Medicine, Psychiatry and Obesity Medicine. Prior to joining UF as medical director, he specialized in the management of medical disorders that affect psychiatric well being, including obesity, diabetes, and weight management issues. Dr. Shriner also served as President of UNIPHAYS, a consulting company specializing in disease-state mitigation strategies involving physician and nursing practices, insurance networks, and private industry consultation.

In addition to over 25 years of clinical experience as a medical psychiatrist, Dr. Shriner has direct experience as a hospital medical director overseeing JCAHO (Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations) reviews, has been the chairman of a department of psychiatry, and has extensive experience in the education of nurses, medical students, residents, and fellows.  Additionally, he has experience in physician leadership, ethics review and mentoring, executive committee planning and governance responsibilities, and experience in diverse medical administration training courses.

Dr. Shriner is the author of research articles, chapters in text books, and patient wellness tools  and treatment decision trees on a wide variety of topics from obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, women’s issue medicine, eating disorders, food addiction, depression, anxiety, and other medical psychiatric sub-specialties.

Prior to joining the University of Florida (UF) as the Psychiatrist in Chief of UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital, he dedicated his practice to the management of medical disorders that affect the psychiatric well being of patients.  He specializes in the treatment of obesity, diabetes, and weight management issues.  As one of the few triple boarded internal medicine, psychiatry and obesity physicians in the state, Dr. Shriner has privileges in psychiatry and internal medicine at UF.

Before coming to Gainesville, he worked extensively in the Sarasota and Tampa Bay Area coordinating the management of complex medical disorders by creating innovative patient-care programs and physician-care networks that involved surgery, medicine, psychiatry, psychology, and nursing.  He has developed revolutionary patient education and communication tools.  These tools give patients a greater understanding of their illness and teach them methods for taking positive control over the outcome of their own health and well being.