Richard A. Rettig, Ph.D

Bothell High School Class of 1953                                                                                         

Impactful Political Scientist, AAAS Fellow,

Preeminent Health Services Researcher and Author


Dr. Richard Rettig has spent his career working to benefit people's lives. Over his long and distinguished career as a political scientist, he has established himself as one of the nation's foremost health services researchers for his work in medical technology. Dr. Rettig received his Ph.D. in political science at MIT and held faculty appointments at three universities. He was an Adjunct Senior Social Scientist at the RAND Corporation, focusing on cancer care and chronic kidney failure. As an author and researcher, he examined the relationship between science, technology, medical research, public health, public policy and ethics. Dr. Rettig has authored or co-authored three books. He has also written about end-stage renal disease, organ transplantation, health care technology assessment, clinical research and medical innovation. In 2001, Dr. Rettig received a grant to explore the U.S. experience with high-dose chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation for breast cancer treatment. The issues he raised and the points he made in his writings and testimonies before Congress regarding the National Cancer Act of 1971, and the use of medical therapies before clinically proven to be effective, helped set the stage for the major expansion of federal financing of these medical technologies. In 1993, Dr. Rettig was elected as a fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Rettig is a compassionate, inspirational and ethical person who wasn't motivated by power, fame or money but a desire to be of service to others. People in the Northshore community and far beyond have benefitted greatly from his work.