PULLMAN, Wash. — Nancy W. Dickey, M.D., past president of the American Medical Association, and Edward L. Langston, an Indiana physician and pharmacist, have joined the Washington State University College of Pharmacy’s advisory board.

Dickey is currently president of the Texas A&M University Health Science Center and vice chancellor for health affairs. She was president of the AMA from 1998-99.

Langston is a family physician in private practice with the American Health Network in Lafayette, Ind. He is also an associate professor at the Purdue University School of Pharmacy where he received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy in 1967.

Dickey and Langston both attended their first meeting of the college’s National Advisory Board in Pullman on Sept. 19.

“We are fortunate that people with such breadth of experience are willing to help the college,” said Dean William E. Fassett.  Dickey and Langston are both leaders in national medical arenas and can help guide the college as roles for pharmacists continue to change in health care, he said.

Dickey earned her medical degree in 1976 from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. From 1987 to 1990, she was on the National Institutes of Health’s advisory council on allergy and infectious diseases. She has been a member of the AMA board of trustees since 1989 and was the first woman to chair the board and to serve as president of the organization. Earlier this year, she was appointed to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s advisory committee for reproductive health drugs.

Langston obtained his medical degree in 1975 from the Indiana University School of Medicine. After a three-year hospital residency in Evansville, Ind., he spent 10 years in private practice in Lafayette, Ind. Since then, he has held a series of clinical directorships and academic positions in Indiana and Texas. He is a past vice president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and since 2000, has been a member of the Joint Commission of Health Care Organizations’ advisory committee on long-term pharmacy care.

Fassett credited Robert Higgins, a graduate of the WSU College of Pharmacy and current president of the advisory board, with attracting Dickey and Langston to the board. He noted that Higgins, a retired physician, has worked with Dickey and Langston in the past in national medical organizations.

 Edward L. Langston, M.D.        Nancy W. Dickey, M.D.