Hugh D. Riordan, M.D., a tireless investigator for the use of vitamin C for cancer, infectious diseases and other disorders, founded the Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning, a world-renowned research facility and laboratory in Wichita.
He strongly supported orthomolecular medicine, the practice of preventing and treating disease by providing the body with optimal amounts of natural substances. While the term orthomolecular was first used by Nobel Laureate Linus Pauling in 1968 in the journal Science, Dr. Riordan conducted numerous experiments evaluating the orthomolecular model. He was a true scientist seeking objective data in the quest to return a patient to optimal health.
A recipient of the 2002 Linus Pauling Award from the American College for Advancement in Medicine, Dr. Riordan authored the landmark three-volume Medical Mavericks reference in addition to more than 150 scientific papers and presentations and frequent lectures to national physicians groups.
Dr. Riordan's legacy as a gifted healer, educator and health-care advocate continues at the University of Kansas Medical Center. The Hugh D. Riordan, M.D., Endowed Chair for Orthomolecular Medicine and Research Fund provides training in the vital components of integrative medicine using natural products as healing tools for future generations of physicians and health-care professionals.