Russell Dixon, Des Moines University Alumni Board of Directors

Russell Dixon, PA-C'11

DMU Alumni Association Board of Directors member since 2020; secretary; chair of the Engagement Committee

Physician assistant, Central Iowa VA Medical Center – Emergency Department

The Iowa Clinic – Urgent Care Clinic

As a student, I always appreciated alumni who came back and shared “real life” stories and lectures with us. I appreciated the preceptors that took the time to help me learn as well. The DMU faculty is outstanding, but the alumni members that interact with students will at some point end up being peers/colleagues, so building those relationships early is critical.

The thing that I enjoyed the most about the PA program is how small and close-knit the class is. We had 46 in our class, so we really got to know each other. We helped each other both in and out of the classroom. I feel like we wanted to make sure everyone made it through and passed our boards. 

I am looking forward to the next chapter in DMU’s history, especially with the move to the new campus. I think the sky is the limit and look forward to being a part of what’s to come as a member of the Alumni Board of Directors [ABOD].

My number-one hobby is just being a dad to two very active 8- and 7-year-old boys. Weekends are filled with sports and spending time with family. In what free time I do have, I enjoy exercising, watching the University of Iowa Hawkeyes and traveling. I enjoy being an active member of the DMU ABOD and supporting the Glanton Scholarship. Through the ABOD, we’ve established a financial wellness program and also helped students get signed up for the White Coat Investor’s Guide for Students book.

In addition to his service on the DMU Alumni Board, Russell Dixon is a participant in the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) mentoring program that connects DMU alumni and current students. He and his wife, Marlene, also are members of the President’s Society, which honors donors of $1,000 or more annually, and longtime supporters of the Glanton Fund, which supports scholarships for under-represented students in the health professions and programs designed to foster the cultural competency of all DMU students.

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