Andrea A. Hayes Dixon, MD, FACS, FAAP Named First Black Female Dean of Howard University College of Medicine

Andrea A. Hayes Dixon, MD, FACS, FAAP Named First Black Female Dean of Howard University College of Medicine

WASHINGTON – President of Howard University Wayne AI FrederickMD, MBA announced the appointment of Andrea A. Hayes Dixon, MD, FACS, FAAP as Dean of Howard University College of Medicine. With the appointment, effective October 3, 2022, Hayes Dixon becomes the first black woman to serve as Dean of Howard University College of Medicine. she will succeed Mighty Hugh, MD, MBA, FACOG, who has served as dean of the College of Medicine since 2015. With the appointment of Hayes Dixon, the number of women serving as academic deans at Howard University increases to 11.

“I am thrilled to have the honor to announce that for the first time in the college’s 154-year history, a black woman will serve as dean of Howard University College of Medicine,” said Frederick. “If you look at the data on female leadership in medicine, it shows that there is still a lot of progress to be made. With the appointment of Dr. Hayes Dixon, Howard University not only gains an incredible leader, but we are moving the University and the field of medicine forward.

According to 2021 data from the Association of American Medical Colleges, only 22% of medical school deans nationwide are women. With the distinction of becoming dean, Hayes Dixon adds to an already long list of groundbreaking achievements. In 2004, Hayes Dixon became the nation’s first African-American woman to become a board-certified pediatric surgeon. In 2006, she became the first surgeon in the world to perform a life-saving, high-risk procedure on teenagers with rare forms of abdominal cancer. Last year, she became the first female chair of Howard University’s department of surgery.

“I am truly humbled and honored to lead Howard University’s outstanding College of Medicine,” said Hayes Dixon. “The responsibility of educating the nation’s next generation of medical leaders is an enormous responsibility that I take very seriously. I am thrilled to spawn allies and friends to join me on the journey of moving Howard forward.

As Dean of the College of Medicine, reporting to Anthony K. Wutoh, Ph.D., R.Ph., Provost and Director of Studies, Hayes Dixon will oversee all aspects of the academic and administrative affairs of the College of Medicine. Prior to joining Howard University, Hayes Dixon served as Chief Surgeon and Division Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Children’s Hospital, where she also served as Professor of Pediatric Surgery and of surgical oncology. Hayes Dixon runs a basic science laboratory, which focuses on rare sarcomas and maintains clinical research efforts. She specializes in refractory and resistant tumors in children, particularly soft tissue sarcomas in children. Patients from all over the world seek her services because of the rare diseases she studies. Previously, she served as Section Chief of Pediatric Surgery at the University of Texas (UT) MD Anderson Cancer Center.

“This is an exciting time in the history of the School of Medicine as we look forward to the University’s continued growth in nurturing the next generation of medical leaders and providers,” said Mighty, vice -Senior President for Health Affairs. “Dr. Hayes will bring new experiences and vision to the mission of our historic medical school.”

Originally from Los Angeles, Hayes Dixon earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. She went on to earn a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. She completed a residency program at the University of California Davis-East Bay, under the tutelage of Claude Organ Jr., MD. She also completed a research fellowship in molecular biology at the University of California – San Francisco. Hayes Dixon then completed a fellowship in pediatric surgical oncology at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, and a fellowship in pediatric surgery at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. She also participated in a special melanoma and sarcoma fellowship at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.

President Frederick also thanked Mighty for his stewardship of the College of Medicine since 2015. Under Dean Mighty’s leadership, the College of Medicine received full reaccreditation, increased the number of graduates pursuing highly acclaimed residency programs, and led the University’s collaborative partnership with Adventist Health Care. As Dean, Mighty led Howard University’s COVID-19 response, established a testing clinic and vaccination clinic, and provided services to the Howard University community and residents of the District of Columbia. Mighty will retain his role as senior vice president for health affairs, where he will continue to lead clinical partnerships and collaborations, strengthen the University’s partnership with Adventist Healthcare, and advise the University on various clinical matters.


About Howard University

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private research university comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students follow more than 140 study programs leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University operates with a commitment to excellence in truth and service and has produced one Schwarzman Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, four Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Scholars, and more than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard is also producing more African-American doctorates on campus. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information about Howard University, visit

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