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John Hickner MD, MSc

Department Head, Professor of Family Medicine University of Illinois College of MedicineFamily Medicine
Work 196 HHDBS, MC 663
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Biographical Info


Indiana University, 1975


Medical University of South Carolina, 1978


Masters of Science,
Clinical Research Design and Biostatistics, University of Michigan School of Public Health


​Primary care and family practice medicine
Clinical research specifically focused on the improvement of quality and safety of healthcare delivery


Editor in Chief, Journal of Family Practice
Founding Director of the American Academy of Family Physicians National Research Network
Co-Chair of CLIHC, a taskforce of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to improve physician utilization of laboratory testing


Taylor JR, Thompson PJ, Genzen JR, Hickner J, Marques MB. Opportunities to Enhance Laboratory Professionals’ Role On the Diagnostic Team. Lab Med. 2017 Feb;48(1):97-103. PubMed PMID: 27744341.

Sohn AJ, Hickner JM, Alem F. Use of Point-of-Care Tests (POCTs) by US Primary Care Physicians. J Am Board Fam Med. 2016 May-Jun;29(3):371-6. PubMed PMID: 27170794.

Wolf MS, Lambert BL, Hickner J. Promoting Health Literacy to Prevent Hospital Readmissions: Necessary but not Sufficient. J Gen Intern Med. 2016 May;31(5):455-7. PubMed PMID: 26960571.

Howick J, Jochen WL, Jones C, Price CP, Pluddemann A, Heneghan C, Berger, MY, Butnix F, Hickner J, Pace, W, Badrick T. et al. Current and future use of point-of-care tests in primary care: an international survey in Australia, Belgium, The Netherlands, the UK and the USA BMJ Open 2014;4:e005611 doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005611

Wolff CM, Nowacki AS, Yeh JY, Hickner JM. A randomized controlled trial of two interventions to improve medication reconciliation. J Am Board Fam Med. 2014 May-Jun;27(3):347-55.

Hickner J, Thompson PJ, Wilkinson T, Epner P, Sheehan M, Pollock AM, Lee J, Duke CC, Jackson BR, Taylor JR. Primary care physicians’ challenges in ordering clinical laboratory tests and interpreting results. J Am Board Fam Med. 2014 Mar-Apr;27(2):268-74.

Reedy AB, Yeh JY, Nowacki AS, Hickner J. Patient, Physician, Medical Assistant, and Office Visit Factors Associated With Medication List Agreement. J Patient Saf. 2014 Mar 18.

Singh R, Hickner J, Mold J, Singh G. “Chance favors only the prepared mind”: preparing minds to systematically reduce hazards in the testing process in primary care. J Patient Saf. 2014 Mar;10(1):20-8.

Morley CP, Badolato DJ, Hickner J, Epling JW. The impact of prior authorization requirements on primary care physicians’ offices: report of two parallel network studies. J Am Board Fam Med. 2013 Jan-Feb;26(1):93-95.


Hickner J. 6 steps to take when a patient insists on that antibiotic. J Fam Pract. 2016 Dec;65(12):862. PubMed PMID: 28149969.

Hickner J. Is the Rx to blame for the patient’s weight gain? J Fam Pract. 2016 Nov;65(11):753. PubMed PMID: 28087862.

Hickner J. Count on this no matter who wins the election. J Fam Pract. 2016 Oct;65(10):664. PubMed PMID: 27846324.

Hickner J. Maybe it is all in your head. J Fam Pract. 2016 Sep;65(9):586. PubMed PMID: 27672683.

Hickner J. Practical “pearls” to help improve your care. J Fam Pract. 2016 Aug;65(8):516. PubMed PMID: 27660834.

Hickner J. Lessons born of tragedy. J Fam Pract. 2016 Jul;65(7):436. PubMed PMID: 27565093.

Hickner J. What do we really know about e-cigarettes? J Fam Pract. 2016 Jun;65(6):372. PubMed PMID: 27474826.

Hickner J. A valuable string of PURLs. J Fam Pract. 2016 May;65(5):300. PubMed PMID: 27275941.

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