The Power 50: Eric Dickson



President & CEO

UMass Memorial Health Care, Worcester

Residence: Princeton

Colleges: Merrimack College, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Harvard University

Dickson has worked his way up the ranks at UMass to become the $2.4-billion system's president and CEO in 2013 at just 46. He was an emergency room physician at Memorial Hospital from 1996 to 2003 and director of emergency medicine research at the UMass Medical School from 1998 to 2003. After a stint in clinical and management roles at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Dickson returned to UMass and has spent the last five years leading Central Massachusetts' largest employer with 13,745 employees, which includes two acute hospitals in Worcester and hospitals in Clinton, Leominster and Marlborough, balancing patient care with the healthcare industry's financial pressures.

What advice would you give up-and-comers? Have fun and enjoy life! Live a healthy lifestyle and help others along the way. Stay focused on your personal goals. Develop a realistic timeline and a plan of action. Track your progress and problem solve along the way.

Not always in medicine: I was a Police Academy graduate. I served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1985 to 1992 as a combat medic and respiratory therapist.
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