Dr. H. Richard Allen is board certified in both Gastroenterology and Internal Medicine.  He did his undergraduate work at Clemson where he graduated with honors, earning a BS in Microbiology. He attended medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) at the same time Michael Jordan was there (yes he saw him play and yes he really did appear to fly). He then completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia

(MCV), after which he was invited to remain at there for a fellowship in Gastroenterology.  While at MCV, he was chosen for the prestigious Pancreatobiliary Fellowship after having been named as Chief Fellow, a position he held for eighteen months.  During this time he was also named as Clinical Professor of Medicine.   After six years at MCV, he joined a large multispecialty practice in Raleigh, N.C.  Along the way, Dr. Allen was named as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UNC, and he also taught residents from Duke University Medical Center.  He earned Clinician of the Year-teaching awards from both of these world famous centers.  When their basketball teams play each other, he feels torn.

Now, Dr. Allen likes to note that he has been working full time since he was eight years old, and he is very proud of that work ethic.  However, he readily admits that he is not the best time manager in the world.  But he was blessed to marry Dr. Jill Allen, who is considerably smarter than he.  She noted that his practice in Raleigh had become overwhelmingly large and that he was neither sleeping nor coming home all that much.  She recognized that the only time he relaxed was at their weekend place in Clarksville, where they had been attending church and becoming more and more involved in the community.  She suggested that they move to Clarksville, and Tri County Gastroenterology was accordingly inaugurated in late 1999.  There he practices the broad range of GI medicine, and he has once again been named to the clinical faculty at MCV/VCU. In 2003, Dr. Allen received the President's Award from the Virginia GI Society. Dr. Allen loves to teach and, even though this takes considerable time, he notes that teaching is an obligation that figures prominently in the Oath of Hippocrates.  It is not uncommon to see him with a medical student in tow. 
Dr. Allen is a member of the Gideons, is an elder at Clarksville Presbyterian Church, and has served or still serves on various community boards.  While he loves almost all activities on the water or in the woods, he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children more than anything else.