Richard J. Barohn, MD, treats patients with neurological and neuromuscular diseases, such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), muscular dystrophy and myasthenia gravis. He has a particular interest in using telehealth to help rural patients with ALS. Dr. Barohn has Missouri roots, growing up in St. Louis and earning his medical degree from UMKC. He served in the Air Force, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel, and has practiced as a neurologist for more than 30 years. Most recently, he served as the chair of the Department of Neurology and the vice chancellor of research at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He is MU’s top health administrator — the executive vice chancellor for health affairs — and the executive scientific director of the NextGen Precision Health Institute. In his free time, Dr. Barohn enjoys following sports, especially the Kansas City Royals, and supporting local artists by adding to his collection of paintings and sculptures.

Education & Training

Medical School

University of Missouri at Kansas City


Internal Medicine

  • Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center



  • Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center


American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology-Neurophysiology
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology-Neuromuscular Medicine


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Academic Information

Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
Hugh E. and Sarah D. Stephenson Dean, MU School of Medicine


1 Hospital Dr
Columbia, MO 65201
United States

P. 573-882-3693

Research Profile

Dr. Barohn was the principal investigator on the prestigious National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award and the NeuroNEXT grant at KU Medical Center. He was the director of KU’s institute for clinical and translational research. At MU, he is working to increase federally funded research that can directly translate into improved patient care. As the leader of the NextGen Precision Health Institute, Dr. Barohn is prioritizing research in the fields of cancer, neuroscience, cardiovascular, population health and other emerging areas that disproportionately affect Missourians.

Research Interests

  • Myopathies
  • Motor neuron diseases
  • Peripheral neuropathies
  • Myasthenia gravis

Areas of Expertise

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Inflammatory myopathies
  • Muscular dystrophy 
  • Myasthenia gravis