Med School’s Mary Anne Jackson, M.D., an honored academic leader

Editors of Ingram’s Magazine selected UMKC School of Medicine Dean Mary Anne Jackson, (M.D. ’78) as one of the region’s outstanding academic leaders, naming her to their 2023 class of Icons of Education.

Jackson has served as the ninth dean of the medical school since May 2020 and is the third woman to serve as dean in the school’s 50-plus year history. Jackson also served as interim dean for two years. She is part of a class of eight educators and administrators from Missouri and Kansas featured in the February edition of Ingram’s and honored at a formal luncheon.

A pediatric infectious diseases expert affiliated with Children’s Mercy Kansas City, Jackson is recognized internationally for her research. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, she was one of six physicians statewide who served as advisors to Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. She also continues to be a frequently sourced expert for the media and national publications.

Jackson is recognized locally, regionally and nationally as a master clinician and educator on pediatric infectious diseases. The American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Infectious Diseases Executive Committee honored her with the 2019 Award for Lifetime Contribution in Infectious Diseases Education. She has served on the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Red Book Committee on Infectious Diseases and as a journal reviewer for the American Journal of Infection Control, Journal of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal and JAMA Pediatrics.

Jackson has won numerous awards for her mentorship, including the Children’s Mercy Department of Pediatrics’ Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2015 and Golden Apple Mentoring Awards in 2012 and 2013. In 2012, she received the UMKC School of Medicine’s prestigious E. Grey Dimond, M.D., Take Wing Award, presented to alumni who have demonstrated excellence in their chosen field.