Dr. Richard G. Boles completed medical school at UCLA, a pediatric residency at Harbor-UCLA, and a genetics fellowship at Yale. For over two decades, Dr. Boles’ clinical and research focus has been on 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, chronic fatigue, cyclic vomiting, intestinal dysmotility/failure, and depression. 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 80 published papers, mostly in mitochondrial medicine.
For 20 years, Dr. Boles was a faculty member at the Keck School of Medicine at USC and a practicing medical geneticist and metabolic specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Boles became involved in genetic testing in order to facilitate the translation of the vast amounts of acquired genetic knowledge into applications that improve routine medical care, and was a Medical Director of Courtagen and Lineagen in the past. Dr. Boles has an active private practice in Pasadena, CA. About half of the patients he currently sees as a physician have one of more functional conditions, especially cyclic vomiting syndrome, other forms of complex migraine, and/or chronic fatigue syndrome. Most of the other half have an autistic spectrum disorder or related neurodevelopmental condition. His clinical practice is devoted to using information, including genetic testing, to guide options for therapy. His care philosophy, practice, and types of patients he accepts are discussed at www.molecularmitomd.com. Dr. Boles also the Director of the NeuroGenomics Program at the Center of Neurological and Neurodevelopmental Health (CNNH.org) in Voorhees, New Jersey, in which he consults on patients via telemedicine. In addition to California and New Jersey, he is licensed in Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. As part of the Peer-To-Peer Program, Dr. Boles can assist physicians to order, understand, and act on genetic testing data in all 50 states and internationally. Dr. Boles also does legal consulting, especially for those with multiple functional conditions that others are considering fictitious disorder/Munchausen-by-proxy/medical child abuse. Finally, he is the primary designer of SpectrumNeeds, a nutritional product with 33 active ingredients designed for individuals with autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders, with an emphasis on assisting mitochondrial function (www.neuroneeds.com).