Nancy W. Dickey is a distinguished physician, educator, and healthcare administrator who has made significant contributions to medicine and medical education in the United States.

Dickey’s journey in medicine began with her education at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1968, earning her Bachelor of Science degree in 1972. She later pursued her medical degree at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, graduating in 1976. Following medical school, Dickey completed her residency training in family medicine at the McLennan County Medical Education and Research Foundation.

Throughout her career, Dickey has been a staunch advocate for primary care and the role of family medicine in delivering comprehensive and patient-centered healthcare. She has held various leadership positions in academic medicine, including serving as executive director for the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute in College Station, Texas, and as a professor in the Department of Primary Care Medicine. She’s also president emeritus of the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

In 1998, Dickey made history when she became the first woman to be elected President of the American Medical Association (AMA), the largest association of physicians and medical students in the United States. She was the youngest physician elected in the 20th century. During her tenure, she focused on advocating for healthcare reform, access to care, and physician well-being, earning widespread respect for her leadership and dedication to advancing the medical profession.

In addition to her work with the AMA, Dickey has been actively involved in medical education and healthcare policy. She has served on numerous advisory boards and committees, working to shape healthcare policy at both the state and national levels. Dickey’s contributions to medicine and medical education have been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including American Academy of Family Medicine John G. Walsh Award for Lifetime Contributions to Family Medicine, Institute of Medicine, Texas’ Women’s Hall of Fame, and six honorary doctorate degrees.

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