UAMS’ Matthew Nix, M.D., Named President of American Academy of Family Physicians’ Arkansas Chapter

By Ben Boulden

Nix is an associate professor in the UAMS College of Medicine and medical director for the UAMS Family Medical Center in Texarkana, Arkansas. Nix is also associate program director for the UAMS Family Medicine Residency Program at the UAMS Southwest Regional Campus in Texarkana. He is a fellow of the AAFP and a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. Nix is a past recipient of the UAMS Regional Programs “Excellence in Teaching Award.”

Matthew Nix, M.D.

Matthew Nix, M.D.

A Texarkana native, Nix graduated from Arkansas High School in Texarkana in 1995, received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Arkansas in 1999, and a doctorate in medicine from UAMS in 2003. He completed his residency training at the UAMS Southwest Regional Campus in 2006. Nix has published research and presented at the state and national level and has served in numerous leadership and advocacy positions, including the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission and the Arkansas Child Health Advisory Committee.

The Arkansas Chapter of the AAFP has over 1,400 members and represents the state’s largest medical specialty organization. The core mission of the AAFP is to advance the specialty of family medicine to improve the health of patients, families and communities in Arkansas.​

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