James Nixon, MD, MHPE

Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

James Nixon

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
Department of Medicine
Office of Medical Education
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 284
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Kelly Denno

Administrative Phone

Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Vice Chair of Education, Department of Medicine


Medical School, Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK

Residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


Dr. Nixon is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He serves as the director of the Essentials of Clinical Medicine as well as the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his residency training at the University of Minnesota, where he was also Chief Resident. His interests include medical education, physical diagnosis and evidence based medicine.

Awards & Recognition

  • Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) Louis N. Pangaro, MD, Educational Program Development Award
  • Outstanding Medical School Teacher
  • Clinical Excellence Award, Department of Medicine
  • Educational Excellence Award, Dept of Medicine

Professional Associations

  • Director, Essentials of Clinical Medicine



  • Berman NB, Fall LH, Chessman AW, Dell MR, Lang VJ, Leong SL, Nixon LJ, Smith S. A Collaborative Model for Developing and Maintaining Virtual Patients for Medical Education. Medical Teacher. 2011; 33(4): 319–324.
  • Carracio C, Benson BJ, Nixon LJ and Derstine P. From the Educational Bench to the Clinical Bedside: Translating the Dreyfus Developmental Model to the Learning of Clinical Skills. Academic Medicine. 2008;83 (8): 761-767.
  • Nixon LJ, Aiyer M, Durning S, Gouveia C, Kogan JR, Lang VJ, ten Cate O, Hauer KE. Educating Clerkship Students in the Era of Resident Duty Hour Restrictions. American Journal of Medicine. 2011.
  • Bronander K, Nixon LJ,Berman N, Holthouser AL. SIMPLE Integration Strategies: What Works, What Doesn’t – Sharing Tips and Solutions. Academic Internal Medicine Insight. 2011; 9 (2): 10-11.
  • Nixon LJ, Benson BJ Sick B. Rogers T. and Miller WJ. Effects of Resident Work Hour Restrictions on Medical Student Education. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2007; 22 (7): 947-941.



University of Minnesota Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Pediatrics

Clinical Interests

Evidence-based medicine; Internal medicine; Medical Education; Pediatrics; Physical diagnosis

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital; University of Minnesota Medical Center