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Family Medicine

Family medicine is a challenging field that requires life-long learning skills. Medicine is changing constantly, and physicians in this specialty must stay informed in order to care for patients of all ages. The greatest reward of practicing family medicine is building long-term patient partnerships and caring for the patient in body, mind and spirit from birth until death. The practice of family medicine requires a strong sense of compassion, sharing in many joys and hardships with patients and their families throughout life.

Family physicians may choose to care for all patients, or may focus on a specific are such as obstetrics, pediatrics or geriatrics. One might also choose to provide ambulatory office procedures, including but not limited to dermatology, gynecology, sports medicine, minor orthopedics and endoscopy. Fellowships are available for family physicians who wish to further their clinical skills in specific areas.

Discipline Chair
Brian A. Dickens, DO
Discipline Chair, Family Medicine


Professor for Family Medicine, OMM and Sports Medicine
Phone: 540-231-3025
Fax: 540-231-2001
Vice Provost for Research
Phone: 540-231-4981
Fax: 540-231-5252
Discipline Chair for Family Medicine
Phone: 540-231-4951
Fax: 540-231-2001
Associate Chair for Primary Care for Rural and Medically Underserved Populations
Phone: 540-231-0641
Discipline Chair for OMM; Associate Professor for OMM and Family Medicine
Phone: 540-231-7820
Fax: 540-231-2001
Associate Professor for Family Medicine
Associate Professor for Family Medicine
Assistant Professor for Family Medicine and OMM
Phone: 540-443-7180
Associate Professor for Family Medicine, Discipline of Sports Medicine
Phone: 540-232-8405
Fax: 540-232-8429
Assistant Professor for Internal Medicine and OMM
Phone: 540-231-4981
Fax: 540-231-2001