ADC Neurologist 2015 Frist Humanitarian Award Physician Winner

Dr. Richard Tallman recieve the 2015 Frist Humanitarian Award

ADC Neurologist, Dr. Richard Tallman recognized as Physician Recipient of the 2015 Frist Humanitarian Award.

Dr. Richard Tallman is an ADC neurologist having joined the Clinic in 1984.  He diagnoses, treats, and manages neurological disorders, disease, and injuries to the nervous system with a specialty focus including neuro-oncology, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disease.  Additionally, he is equally committed to quality improvement and policy issues in healthcare.

Dr. Tallman is involved in numerous committees and foundations in the community. He served as a former board member of the Executive Committee for the Travis County Medical Society’s Project Access. The TCMS Project Access Program is a coordinated system of volunteer physician care, hospital care, diagnostic services and medications assistance for the low-income and/or uninsured of Travis County.  The mission of Project Access is to provide ready access to appropriate health care services for uninsured people in Travis County whose incomes are at or below 200% of the Federal poverty level and to improve the overall health of our community. He also served as a former member of the Indigent Care Collaborative – a community non-profit group seeking to bring access to care to uninsured in Central Texas.

Along with his committee involvement, Dr. Tallman has been recognized as an Austin Monthly Top Doctor for 2014 and 2015 and as Texas Monthly Super Doctor from 2004 through 2006, again in 2010 and in 2014.

These recognitions are a direct reflection of Dr. Tallman’s exceptional patient care.  His patients describe him as an exceptional care provider, citing that he is caring, interested and genuinely dedicated to his passion.  His expert specialty knowledge and willingness to take the time to explain interactions between medications and a patient’s condition are inspiring traits for all physicians.

Another patient of Dr. Tallman’s commended him for his excellent bedside manner and professionalism.  This patient said Dr. Tallman not only took the time to explain the result of the current visit but also, took additional time to give the patient a better understanding of a recent tilt table exam completed by another provider.  This detailed explanation helped the patient better understand the condition they had been living with for several decades.

Dr. Tallman is an active member in his church and his commitment to helping other extends beyond that of what he does through his work as a physician.   A family at his church was facing a difficult time; both the husband and wife had lost their jobs, had no income and were homeless.  Dr. Tallman and his family opened their home to help them during this financially difficult time. The family lived with Dr. Tallman for over a month while they looked and found new jobs without having to worry about housing. Dr. Tallman’s support for this family helped them land on their feet to become an independent family once again.

Adapted from a speech given by Alan Harrison, St. David’s NAMC CEO, in honor of Dr. Tallman’s recognition February 17, 2016.

Established in 1971, the awards honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the caring spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist Sr., a founder of HCA. Employees, volunteers and medical staff members who demonstrate commitment and dedication to providing outstanding care and humanitarianism are selected from around the country, and honorees are recognized at the local level. 


  1. Avatar Patricia & Paul Youngdale says:

    Dr. Tallman is a standout in professional knowledge, thoroughness of diagnosis, attention to patients’ questions, and concern for patients’ understanding of medical issues. Along with his significant contributions to the welfare of others in the community, he certainly provides the outstanding care and humanitarianism that the award reflects!