Carrie Richardson, MD, MHS

Assistant Professor
Department of Internal Medicine, Rush Medical College
Role: Clinician, Faculty and Researcher
Joined Rush in 2018


I am originally from Oak Lawn, Illinois. I graduated from medical school at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and completed my internal medicine residency at Northwestern, as well. I then completed a rheumatology fellowship at Johns Hopkins, earning a Master of Health Science degree at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health during my time in Baltimore. I joined the Division of Rheumatology in October of 2018, and I am working on research related to ectopic calcification in the rheumatic diseases.

What inspired you to get into your field?

Rheumatology encompasses a wide array of diseases, from the common (like osteoarthritis) to the rare (like scleroderma). Every day is a challenge, and I enjoy that.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

I have a fabulous mentor Dr. Anna Plaas and a fabulous division chief, Dr. Joel Block who have really taken my research on ectopic calcification in a new and exciting direction.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

Mentorship is critical to career development.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

Be open-minded and creative about how you can shape your career. Opportunities can arise in unexpected ways.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

I like to read, spend time with my kids and take walks along the lake.