Richard G. Boles, M.D.
Dr. Boles is a Medical Geneticist with expertise in mitochondrial and other metabolic disorders. He completed medical school at UCLA, a pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA, and a genetics fellowship at Yale. He received board certifications in Pediatrics, Clinical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics. For over two decades, Dr. Boles’ clinical and research focus has been on sequence changes in genes involved in energy metabolism, and more recently ion channels, and their effects on the development of common functional disorders. Examples include autism, pain syndromes, cyclic vomiting, bowel dysmotility, dysautonomia, depression, and SIDS. Dr. Boles practices the “bedside to bench to bedside” model of a physician-scientist, combining an active clinical practice with basic research into the underlying genetic predispositions leading to the same conditions. He has over 70 published papers, mostly in mitochondrial medicine.
Dr. Boles was a faculty member for 20 years at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and a practicing medical geneticist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Boles has been a pioneer in the new field of genomics in order to facilitate the translation of the vast amounts of acquired genetic knowledge into applications that improve routine medical care. He has consulted for four different genetics diagnostics companies as a Medical Director, including 5 years at Courtagen.
At present, he consults for Lineagen, which focuses on DNA diagnoses for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. In addition, Dr. Boles currently is in private practice in Pasadena, California, and at the Rossignol Medical Center in Aliso Viejo, California. About one-half of his patients have neurodevelopmental disorders. As travel to California can be challenging for many, Dr. Boles has joined The Center for Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health (CNNH) in New Jersey in order to provide telemedicine services to help physicians and families how to translate modern genetics testing into practice treatment options. He also does legal consulting. Although he generally tries to really listen to what his patients and families are saying, for at least 20 years many of them have been asking for a comprehensive nutritional product based on his clinical practices. He has (finally) done this with Spectrum Needs.