Richard Payne, MD, PhD

    • October 1, 2005

This profile is based on one written by Harold Amos, PhD, the program's original director, as part of his work for the program's 15th anniversary activities in 1998. The featured scholar was selected by the NPO as representative of the success of the program across different years, specialties, locations and with scholars of diverse backgrounds.

Richard Payne, MD, PhD
Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research (New York, N.Y.)
$119,457; 07/01/1984 to 06/30/1986
ID# 009071

$40,295; 07/01/1986 to 06/30/1988
ID# 010873

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (Cincinnati, Ohio)
$79,517; 01/01/1988 to 05/31/1989
ID# 013002

Fellowship Research Topic
CFS-Plasma Pharmacokinetics of Opiate Drugs

Positions as of September 2005

  • Professor, Duke Divinity School, Duke University
  • Director, Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, Duke Divinity School, Duke University

As an undergraduate at Yale University, Richard Payne, MD, MPH, completed a BA in molecular biophysics and biochemistry. He was awarded his MD from Harvard University in 1977. He served his internship and residency in medicine at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, followed by a three-year residency in neurology at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical School.

In 1984, Payne became a clinical affiliate, a clinical fellow, and assistant attending neurologist at Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, with an academic appointment at Cornell as an assistant professor of pharmacology and neurology. He began his MMFDP fellowship during his time at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, completing it at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was named chief of neurology service and associate professor of neurology. In 1992, Payne become associate professor and later, professor of neurology in the Department of Neuro-Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston before becoming chief of pain and palliative services at Memorial Sloan-Kettering and professor of neurology at Cornell Medical Center in 1995. In 1998, Payne moved to Duke University as a professor in the Divinity School and director of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life. Payne has published his research in numerous journals such as the Journal of Pharmacological Methods and Archives of Neurology, written chapters in texts and yearbooks, and presented invited lectures at national and international symposia.