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Diane D. Abercrombie, PhD, PA-C - PA Educator and Primary Care Provider

My name is Diane Dixon Abercrombie. I graduated in Class of 1994 as Diane Dixon. Upon completion of the program I worked for the National Health Service Corps (January 1995 through April 1997) in Rural Healthcare throughout Alabama. I gained invaluable experience during my tenure with the Corp. In May, 1997, I was recruited and joined the University of South Alabama as an Assistant Professor. My core responsibility included teaching in all phases of the Didactic curriculum. 

In 2004, I was granted Tenure by the University and received a promotion to Academic Coordinator. I continue to enjoy both the administrative and teaching aspects of the position. It is an honor to be a part of the educational process for our future physician assistants. I am or have been active on a local, state, and national level in the PA profession. I currently sit on the Committee on Ethnic and Cultural Diversity of PAEA; have been the PA liaison for the State Board of Medical Examiners in Alabama, a previous PACKRAT committee member, PANCE blueprint committee member, and various other university and national committees. 

In 2009, I received a PhD degree from the University of South Alabama in the College of Education. I have applied for a promotion to Associate Professor and am awaiting results which will be announced June 1, 2011. 

I have written around 35-40 peer-reviewed articles and/or book chapters and am currently working on 2 book chapters. I have always maintained clinical practice in the Primary Care arena. I am proud to acknowledge that I have worked for our now Surgeon General, Dr. R. Benjamin as her PA at her Bayou le Batre clinic. I am deeply committed to working with the underserved and actively participate in as many community health fairs as possible. As such, I am a committee member of USA Center for Healthy Communities whose mission is to provide healthcare to the underserved. Read an update at

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