Tom Ricketts


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Dr. Ricketts speaking on a panel.

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GGG_ricketts_thomasThomas C. Ricketts, PhD

Professor, Health Policy and Management

Professor, Social Medicine, School of Medicine


Since December 1st, Dr. Ricketts has been a consultant to the Health Resources and Services Administration, USDHHS where he is developing long term strategies for workforce analysis for long term care, behavioral health and primary care. Read More

He was a Gillings Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique in Paris and Rennes, France, 2008-11. In fall of 2010 he was named to the National Health Care Workforce Commission created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). He is Co-Director of the American College of Surgeons Institute for Health Policy Research. His work with the American Cancer Society focuses on the future supply of surgeons and access to surgical care. Dr. Ricketts works actively in health workforce policymaking and research and has developed national and state policies to influence the distribution of health care practitioners including the development of a new approach to designating primary care and dental health professional shortage and medically underserved areas. From 2001-2010, he chaired the Scientific Advisory Committee for the United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings tm. He is a member of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and serves as an advisor to national and state health policy organizations. Dr. Ricketts is Editor of the North Carolina Medical Journal having previously served as Editor of the Journal of Rural Health from 1990 until 1996. Dr. Ricketts has authored many scientific articles, book chapters, and monographs and edited texts on rural health and geographic methods in health services research. He holds three degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar.

Active Projects

  • Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) Program
  • An Open Source Model for Projecting Physician Shortages in the United States
  • American College of Surgeons Institute for Health Policy Research


  • Caribbean countries
  • France
  • Honduras
  • Jordan
  • OECD
  • Russia
  • Serbia
  • Tunisia



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