J. Andrew Dykens, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Dr. J. Andrew Dykens is a board certified physician in family medicine and an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the UIC College of Medicine.

Dr. Dykens serves as associate director of medical student education in the department, directs the global community health track in the UIC Family Medicine Residency Program, and directs postgraduate global health education in the UIC Center for Global Health.

An IHRP Fellow, Dr. Dykens is a recipient of a research scientist development award of the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health and a co–principal investigator of the Illinois Prevention Research Center's collaboration in the CDC's global health research network. Both projects aim to reduce cervical cancer rates in low-income countries. 

Dr. Dykens is the executive director and founder of Peace Care, a nonprofit organization that cultivates sustainable global health solutions by creating enduring links between communities of need and entities of resource. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania, West Africa, working on community health and sanitation before earning his medical degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and an MPH from the UIC School of Public Health.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Demment MM, Peters K, Dykens JA, Dozier A, Nawaz H, McIntosh S, et al. Developing the evidence base to inform best practice: A scoping study of breast and cervical cancer reviews in low- and middle-income countries. PLoS One. 2015 Sep 1;10(9):e0134618. [Read the article.]

Dykens A, Hedrick C, Ndiaye Y, Linn A. Peace Corps partnered health services implementation research in global health: opportunity for impact. Glob Adv Health Med. 2014 Sep;3(5):8-15. [Read the article.]

Hasnain M, Massengale L, Dykens A, Figueroa E. Health disparities training in residency programs in the United States. Fam Med. 2014 Mar;46(3):186-91. [Read the article.]

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Young Physician Award, University of Missouri at Columbia School of Medicine, 2013
  • National Peace Corps Association Global Community Project Award, 2011
  • Chief Resident Physician, UIC Department of Family Medicine Residency, 2007
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, 2007