Title: Physician, Professor, Executive Director
Company: A&M Rural and Community Health Institute
Location: College Station, Texas, United States
Nancy Dickey, Physician, Professor and Executive Director of the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in family medicine and medical administration.
Dr. Dickey prepared for her career at Stephen F. Austin State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1972, and continued her academic pursuits at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where she graduated with an MD in 1976. She worked in private practice for 20 years, and in 1996, she started as a professor of family medicine at Texas A&M College of Medicine, a position she presently holds. In 2002, Dr. Dickey leveraged her experience and became the president of the university, vice-chancellor of health affairs, and started as a physician at the A&M Health Science Center. In 2012, she took on the designation of Professor Emeritus, and in 2013, she became the executive director of the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute, where she continues to work.
For her excellence as a medical professional, educator and administrator, Dr. Dickey was recognized with a Citation of Merit from the Texas Society of Pathologists in 1995, and served as president of the American Medical Association in 1998, in addition to holding various executive board positions in the organization since 1989. She is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and is a member of both the National Academy of Medicine and the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. Dr. Dickey has contributed to multiple professional publications, including acting as a founding editor of the Journal of Patient Safety and as a medical ethics adviser for the Archives of Family Medicine.
Growing up, Dr. Dickey always liked people and had an innate interest in science. Throughout high school and college, she worked as a nurse’s aide in various hospitals and was inspired by watching health care professionals conquer challenges. She enjoys family medicine because of its personal nature, and she is proud to have changed lives through her work. Dr. Dickey has been an active member of her community, working as a youth soccer coach and as a sponsor for the United Methodist Youth Fellowship for several years, and serving as the medical director of the Health for All free clinic. In the coming years, she plans to reduce her time commitment at her current position in order to spend more time with her family but still hopes to be involved in rural healthcare policy development.
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