CAPT James Dickens serves in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region VI-Dallas with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as the Manager of the Survey Branch.
CAPT Dickens is a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps, whose mission is to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of the Nation. He serviced as the Commander and Deputy Commander of the USPHS Command Center for the public health emergency (COVID19) response efforts. He served as the Officer in Charge of the Commissioned Corps Ebola Response, Team 2 (76 member inter-professional team) serving at the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU) Ebola Treatment Unit in Monrovia, Liberia-West Africa, leading all local MMU clinical response efforts. His other deployments include serving as clinical team member for the Afghanistan Health Initiative (AHI) in Kabul, Afghanistan. CAPT Dickens assisted as a technical advisor as a member of a Commissioned Corps hospital assistance team in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and in St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
CAPT Dickens previously served in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health as the Senior Program Manager for the Office of Minority Health in Region VI. He is an experienced Registered Nurse and Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
CAPT Dickens received his BSN and MSN from Hampton University School of Nursing, and DNP from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Nursing.