Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Richard Merrill earned a direct commission and served a total of 22 years in the U.S. Air Force after working four years at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama. He most recently held the position of Chief Nurse Executive for the 501st Combat Support Wing, based at Royal Air Force Alconbury, United Kingdom, where he was the principle nurse advisor to two military treatment facility commanders in matters concerning highly reliable nursing practice, staff education and training, and performance improvement initiatives supporting 19 clinicians, 99 support staff, and 5000 beneficiaries across seven geographically-separated units in England and Norway.
Dr. Merrill earned a master’s of nursing science and a Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner (acute care and primary care). Dr. Merrill has held various clinical and executive leadership positions throughout his military career with expertise in disaster management, readiness exercise evaluation, resilience, preceptor development, and aircrew training and standardization. Dr. Merrill and his wife, Elizabeth, enjoy sharing adventures with their three children, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, and grandson.