Cynthia G. Olsen, M.D., FAAFP, CMD Acting Chair, Department of Family Medicine
An alumna of the Boonshoft School of Medicine, Cynthia G. Olsen, M.D., FAAFP, has served the Department of Family Medicine for more than 25 years. She came to the department in 1985 as a clinical instructor. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1988, associate professor in 1993, and professor in 2007. She has also served as a professor in the Department of Geriatric Medicine since 2007. Olsen has held several leadership roles within the department during her tenure. Since 1993, she has served as executive vice chair of the department, responsible for internal operations, and since 1997 she has served as director of clinical operations. With a devotion to patient care, Olsen served as medical director for the Yellow Springs Family Health Center for more than 18 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University and an M.D. from the Boonshoft School of Medicine in 1985. Olsen is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Medical Director’s Association, and the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine, among others. She is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice.
Richard W. Pretorius, M.D., M.P.H. Assistant Dean for Quality and Primary Care Research
Richard W. Pretorius, M.D., M.P.H., professor in the Departments of Geriatrics and Family Medicine, has been named assistant dean for quality and primary care research. As assistant dean, he will work with Boonshoft School of Medicine departments and the Wright State University Interdisciplinary Gerontology Team to enhance communitybased research in the area of health services delivery. Before coming to Wright State, Pretorius served as associate professor of family medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was also founder and director of the Medical Education Teaching and Research Innovation Center. He was also affiliated with the University of Iowa College of Medicine for 13 years, where he held a variety of administrative and clinical teaching appointments. Pretorius earned his B.A. in biology and chemistry from Wittenberg University, his M.D. from the University of Virginia, and his M.P.H. from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He received the Innovation Award in Medical Education from the Association of American Medical Colleges in 2009. med.