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John Dickinson, MD, PhD, Publications Committee Chair
John Dickinson, MD, PhD
Publications Committee Chair
John Dickinson, MD, PhD

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Associate Director Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program.

Education: BA Biology, Benedictine College-Atchison, KS. MD, PhD degrees University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Clinical Interests: Airway Diseases: Asthma, COPD, and Cystic Fibrosis.

Research Interests: Factors regulating airway mucous cell metaplasia. Role of autophagy in trafficking mucin granules in airway epithelial secretory cells.


  • Combined Annual Meeting of CSCTR and MWAFMR K Award Recipient.
  • Dartmouth Institute Microsystem Academy on Quality Improvement, Lung Transplant Transition (LTT) Learning Leadership Collaborative (LLC).
  • Recipient Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Program for Adult Care Excellence (PACE).
Current AFMR position: Publications Committee Chair

Term: 5/1/21 - 4/30/24

As a physician-scientist with a long-standing concentration in airway epithelial biology, Dr. Dickinson has focused on airway muco-obstructive diseases. His research focuses on factors that regulate the development and resolution of airway mucous metaplasia. An assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Dr. Dickinson serves clinically as Associate Director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center at UNMC. This provides the privilege of traversing the bedside-bench boundary in the field of airway biology. As with all muco-obstructive airway diseases, CF is punctuated by exacerbation of symptoms. This has spurred him to identify factors that contribute to the failure to resolve exacerbations. He frequently sees the same problem in his non-CF patients on the pulmonary consult service who often suffer from recurrent and prolonged asthma and COPD exacerbations. These experiences at the bedside have motivated him to understand fundamental factors contributing to all muco-obstructive airway disease exacerbations and develop new treatments to improve clinical outcomes.

Dr. Dickinson has been an active member of AFMR since 2017 and has served as a Midwest Section Councilor and organizer of the Central Society for Clinical Translational Research meeting. As chair of the Publications Committee, his goal is to support the organization by expanding the breadth and depth of its journals, podcasts, and newsletter to better "Develop and mentor tomorrow's leaders in medical research."
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