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musician , writer , Medical educator

Richard Melvin Caplan was medical educator, musician, writer. Diplomate American Board Dermatology. Recipient numerous awards.


Caplan, Richard Melvin was born on July 16, 1929 in Des Moines. Son of Carl and Iylene Edith (Lambe) Caplan.


Bachelor of Science, Iowa State University, 1949. Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1951. Doctor of Medicine, University Iowa, 1955.


Resident department dermatology University Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, 1958-1961. Assistant professor dermatology University Iowa College Medicine, Iowa City, 1961-1965, associate professor, 1965-1969, professor, 1969-1997, director Office of Medical Education, 1969-1970, assistant dean for continuing medical education, 1970-1974, associate dean for continuing medical education, 1974-1991, acting head department dermatology, 1976-1978, vice chairman department dermatology, 1978-1990, director program in medical humanities, 1981-1991, professor emeritus dermatology and program in biomedical ethics, since 1997.


  • Diplomate American Board Dermatology.


  • Other Work

    • Author/editor 3 books. Contributor numerous chapters to books, more than 120 articles to professional journals.


Board directors, president Hillel Foundation, University Iowa, Iowa City, 1965-1983. Board directors Preucil School Music, Iowa City, 1995-1997. Founder, board directors The Younger Stamfords, Iowa City, since 1988.

Captain United States Air Force, 1955-1958. Fellow American Academy Dermatology (life). Member American Medical Association, American Dermatological Association (vice president, 1987), Society for Medical College Directors Continuing Medical Education (secretary-treasurer 1978-1980, president 1981-1982, historian 1990-1995), American Osler Society (board directors 1991-1994), Society for Health and Human Values, Iowa Medical Society, Johnson County Medical Society, Iowa Dermatological Society (president 1968-1969), Phi Beta Pi, Alpha Epsilon Pi, others.


  • Other Interests

    Music (piano, clarinet, composition), gardening, sherlock holmes.


Married Fredda Ellen Sideman, June 15, 1952. Children: David, Joel, Daniel, Aaron.

Carl Caplan

Iylene Edith (Lambe) Caplan

Fredda Ellen Sideman

David Caplan

Joel Caplan

Daniel Caplan

Aaron Caplan