Staff Spotlight – David Dickens, MD

Dr. Dickens is Clinical Professor in the Division of Hematology/Oncology. He is also the University of Iowa Dance Marathon Endowed Chair Clinical Professor, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Clinical Director, Pediatric Oncology Services Director, and Director of the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship Program

In February 2019, i joined a dedicated and talented team of health care providers in the division of pediatric hematology oncology. As the director of oncology services, I hope to complement the skills of existing staff and provide clinical oncology leadership and mentorship to provide the best available medical care with the highest level of quality and safety.

I have been married for 19 years to Laura Dickens; landscape architect, master of family development and engineering. We have four beautiful children, but five total if you count the ugly one. I think they are about ages 17, 15, 14, 12 and 10 years old.

Spend time with the little Dickens, experiencing joy at whatever they are accomplishing. I exercise regularly, but do not like to do it. I enjoy playing almost any sport (including bowling), but am not great at any of them. I like to travel and have dabbled with music (guitar, piano, harmonica and mouth harp) as well as magic, making me a musician, magician, physician.

The most fascinating places I’ve visited or lived are 1) Amsterdam, Netherlands 2) Hot Springs, Arkansas.

My favorite meal is Calamari at Ca’s Patro March in Deia, Majorca, Spain.

Go Yankees!

Favorite book or movie? Books: “A Treatise of Human Nature” – David Hume; Movies: Tie between Schindler’s List and Dumb and Dumber (not the sequel, that was terrible).

My answer if I had three wishes would depend on who is asking. If it is a Genie, they would be 1) I wish to remove all meta-rules against removing limitations 2) I wish to remove all rules against wishing for more genies or more wishes 3) I wish for infinite wishes. If it is God asking I would reply, “You Pick”.

Fun fact: I met my wife on a train in Spain, but it was not raining.

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