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Perry Dickinson, MD





Mail Stop F496, Academic Office 1

12631 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045


303-724-9754 Office 


I am a family physician to the core, and my generalist orientation extends to the rest of my professional career. I have worked in virtually every role in academic family medicine other than chair, having served at various times as director of behavioral medicine, associate residency director, predoctoral director, medical director, residency director, vice-chair, and research director, and I have done a wide range of “other duties to be determined.” I grew up on a farm in Arkansas, with strong family values of self-sufficiency, education, and helping others. I completed medical school and residency at the University of Arkansas, a part-time fellowship at Michigan State, and a faculty development fellowship at Duke. At that point, I finally took a real job at the University of South Alabama. I spent 16 good years in Mobile, but decided in 1999 that it was time for a move and career shift to satisfy my drive to do more research. So, I headed to the University of Colorado Denver, which I remain very happy to call home. I believe that family medicine and primary care should be at the core of our health care system, and I am committed to helping move things that direction through my research, my practice improvement efforts, and my activities in our national family medicine professional societies.


There are five primary threads that come together in my research projects: 1) how to best accomplish practice change and improvement; 2) the implementation of the Patient Centered Medical Home and the Chronic Care Model in primary care practices; 3) the use of health information technology tools to complement primary care; 4) health behavior change; and 5) mental health issues in primary care, especially focusing on somatization, depression, and the health impacts of violence and abuse.


I am very active in our family medicine professional organizations, currently serving as Chair of the Council of Academic Family Medicine, President of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, Past-president of the North American Primary Care Research Group, and President of the corporate Board of Directors of the Annals of Family Medicine. I work extensively with the Colorado Clinical Guidelines Collaborative, both in guidelines development and dissemination and practice redesign activities, including the Improving Performance in Practice Program and various Patient Centered Medical Home projects. I am also a consultant for the California Healthcare Foundation for their “Team Up for Health” program.


  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine – President-elect, Member of Board of Directors 
  • North American Primary Care Research Group – Past President; Board of Directors
  • Annals of Family Medicine, Inc - President, Past Vice-President, Board of Directors  
  • Council of Academic Family Medicine – Chair
  • American Academy of Family Physicians 
  • Colorado Academy of Family Medicine
  • WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors), Regional Council
  1. Main DS, Graham D, Nutting PA, Nease DE, Dickinson WP, Gallagher K. Integrating practice change processes into a quality improvement of depression care - moving beyond the “bait and switch:” A report from the National Depression Management Leadership Initiative’s Improving Depression Care Project. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 35(7):351-357. 
  2. Green LA, Dickinson WP, Nease DE, Schellhase KG, Campos-Outcalt D, Schoof BK, Jeffcott-Pera M. American Academy of Family Physicians Detection and Management of Post Myocardial Infarction Depression Guideline. Annals of Family Medicine. 7:71-79 (2009).
  3. Dickinson LM, Dickinson WP, Rost K, deGruy F, Emsermann C, Froshaug D, Nutting PA, Meredith L. Clinician burden and intensity of depression treatment: Using multilevel modeling to disentangle patient and clinician level effects of medical comorbidity. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 23:1763–69 (2008).
  4. Nease DE, Nutting PA, Dickinson WP, Bonham AJ, Graham DG, Gallagher KM, Main DS. Inducing sustainable improvement in depression care in primary care practices: A report from the National Depression Management Leadership Initiative's Improving Depression Care Project. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. 34(5):247-255 (2008). 
  5. Nutting PA, Gallagher KM, Riley K, White S, Dickinson WP, Korsen N, Dietrich A. Care management for depression in primary care practice: findings from the RESPECT-D Depression Trial. Annals of Family Medicine. 6(1): 30-37 (2008).
  6. Wamboldt FS, Balkissoon RC, Rankin AE, Szefler SJ, Hammond SK, Glasgow RE, Dickinson WP. Correlates of household smoking bans in low income families of children with and without asthma. Family Process. 47:81–94 (2008).
  7. Nutting PA, Gallagher KM, Riley K, White S, Dietrich AJ, Dickinson WP. Implementing a depression intervention in five health care organizations: Experience from the RESPECT-Depression Trial. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 34:127-137 (2007). 
  8. Ohman-Strickland P, Orzano AJ, Nutting PA, Dickinson WP, Scott-Cawiezell J, Hahn K, Gibel M, Crabtree BF. Measuring organizational performance attributes of primary care practices: development of a new instrument. Health Services Research. 42(3):1257-1273 (2007).
  9. Nutting PA, Dickinson WP, Dickinson LM, Nelson CC, King DK, Crabtree BF, Glasgow RE. Use of chronic care model elements is associated with higher quality care for diabetes. Annals of Family Medicine. 5:14-20 (2007). 
  10. Cain JJ, Dickinson WP, Fernald D, Bublitz C, Dickinson LM, West D. Family physicians and youth tobacco-free education: outcomes of the Colorado Tar Wars program. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 19: 579-589 (2006).
  11. Rost KS, Dickinson WP, Dickinson LM, Smith RC. Multisomatoform disorder: Agreement between patient and physician report of criterion symptom explanation. CNS Spectrums 11;5:1-6 (2006).
  12. Steiner JF, Kempe A, Davidson AJ, Dickinson P, Westfall JM, Berman S, Kutner JS, deGruy FV. The case for interdisciplinary research in primary care. Academic Medicine. 79:617-622 (2004).
  13. Keeley, RD, Smith JL, Nutting PA, Dickinson LM, Dickinson WP, Rost KM. Does a depression intervention result in improved outcomes for patients presenting with physical symptoms? Journal of General Internal Medicine. 19:615-624 (2004).
  14. Keeley RD, Birchard A, Dickinson P, Steiner J, Dickinson LM, Rymer S, Palmer B, Derback T, Kempe A. Parental attitudes about a pregnancy predict birthweight in a low-income population. Annals of Family Medicine. 2:145-149 (2004). 
  15. Dickinson WP, Dickinson LM, deGruy FV, Main DS, Candib LM, Rost K. A randomized clinical trial of a care recommendation letter intervention for somatization in primary care. Annals of Family Medicine. 1:228-235 (2003).
  16. Curtis P, Dickinson WP, Steiner JF, Lanphear BP, Vu KO. Building capacity for research in family medicine: is the blueprint faulty? Family Medicine. 35(2):124-130 (2003). 
  17. Dickinson WP, Dickinson LM, deGruy FV, Candib LM, Main DS, Libby AM, Rost K. The somatization in primary care study: a tale of three diagnoses. General Hospital Psychiatry.  25:1-7 (2003).
  18. Nutting PA, Rost K, Dickinson M, Werner JJ, Dickinson P, Smith JL, Gallovic B. Barriers to initiating depression treatment in primary care practice. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 17:103-111 (2002).
  19. deGruy FV, Dickinson WP, Staton E (eds). 20 Common Behavioral Problems in Primary Care. New York: McGraw-Hill (2002).
  20. Main DS, Holcomb S, Dickinson WP, Stange KC, Miller BF. Incorporating the family within a changing patient care environment. Journal of Family Practice. 50:888 (2001).
  21. Dickinson LM, deGruy FV, Dickinson WP, Candib LM. Health-related quality of life and symptom profiles of female sexual abuse survivors. Archives of Family Medicine. (1999).