THOMAS C. RICKETTS, III, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Health Policy and Management and Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Medicine. In 2008 he was named Gillings Visiting Professor at the Ecole des Hautes Études en Santé Publique in Paris and Rennes, France. He is on the Board of the NC Foundation for Advanced Health Programs and is a consultant to the American College of Surgeons. His work with the College focuses on the future supply of surgeons and access to surgical care. Dr. Ricketts works actively in health workforce policy making and research. He has developed national and state policies governing the distribution of health resources and health care practitioners including the development of a new approach to designating primary care and dental health professional shortage and medically underserved areas. In 2010 he was appointed a member of the National Health Care Workforce Commission created by the Affordable Care Act.
Specialties:Health policy development; health workforce analysis and policy, rural health policy; organizational analysis