James Nixon, MD, MHPE

Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine

James Nixon

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 284
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Kelly Denno

Administrative Phone

Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine

Vice Chair of Education, Department of Medicine


Medical School, Oklahoma College of Medicine, Oklahoma City, OK

Residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


Dr. Nixon is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He serves as the director of the Essentials of Clinical Medicine as well as the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Medicine. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed his residency training at the University of Minnesota, where he was also Chief Resident. His interests include medical education, physical diagnosis and evidence based medicine.

Awards & Recognition

  • Faculty Teacher of the Year, Internal Medicine Residency
  • Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) Louis N. Pangaro, MD, Educational Program Development Award
  • Outstanding Medical School Teacher
  • Clinical Excellence Award, Department of Medicine
  • Educational Excellence Award, Dept of Medicine

Professional Associations

  • Chair of Board of Directors Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (2019-2020)
  • Secretary Treasurer Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (2016-2019)
  • Past President Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (2017)
  • President Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (2016)
  • President Elect Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (2015)
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Senior Director, Aquifer Sciences

  • Director, Essentials of Clinical Medicine



  • Fazio SB, Ledford CH, Aronowitz PB, Chheda SG, Choe JH, Call SA, Gitlin SD, Muntz M, Nixon LJ, Pereira AG, Ragsdale JW, Stewart EA, Hauer KE. Competency-Based Medical Education in the Internal Medicine Clerkship: A Report From the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education Task Force. Academic Medicine. 2018; 93 (3): 421-427. PMID: 28930762.
  • LJ Nixon, SP Gladding, BL Duffy, Describing Failure in a Clinical Clerkship: Implications for Identification, Assessment and Remediation for Struggling Learners. 2017. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2017; 32 (4), 379-379
  • Allen S, Olson A, Menk J, Nixon LJ. Hypothesis Driven Physical Examination Curriculum. The Clinical Teacher. 2017; 14: 417–422
  • Nixon LJ, Ryder HF, Alexandraki I, Lyons MD, McEwen KA, DeWaay DJ, Lang VJ, LaRochell, J. Abstracts from the proceedings of the 2015 annual meeting of the clerkship directors of internal medicine (CDIM). Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 2016; 28 (3): 339-344.
  • Nixon LJ, Gladding SP, Duffy B. Describing failure in a clinical clerkship: implications for identification, assessment and remediation for struggling learners. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2016; 31 (10): 1172-1179.
  • Sheu L, O’Sullivan PS, Aagaard EM, Tad-y D, Harrell H, Kogan JR, Nixon LJ, Batt J, Hollander H, Hauer KE. How residents develop trust in interns: a multi-institutional mixed-methods study. Academic Medicine. 2016;19 (10): 1406-1415.
  • Olson A, Newman M, Trappey B, Nixon LJ, Schnobrich D. Point of care ultrasonagraphy improves diagnosis of splenomegaly in hospitalized patients. Critical Ultrasound Journal. 2015; 7 (13) 1-4.
  • Kogan JR , Lapin J, Aagaard E, Boscardin C, Aiyer MK, Cayea D, Cifu A, Diemer G, Durning S, Elnicki M,. Fazio SB,Khan AR, Lang VJ, Mintz M , Nixon LJ, Paauw D, Torre DM, Hauer KE. The Effect of Resident Duty-hours Restrictions on Internal Medicine Clerkship Experiences: Surveys of Medical Students and Clerkship Directors. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 2015; 27 (1): 37-50.
  • Pascoe JM, Nixon LJ, and Lang VJ. Maximizing Teaching on the Wards: Review and Application of the One-Minute Preceptor and SNAPPS Models. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2015;10:125–130.
  • Bronander K, Lang VJ, Nixon LJ, Harrell H, Kovach RJ, Hingle S, Berman N. How we developed and piloted an electronic key features examination for the internal medicine clerkship based on a US national curriculum. Medical Teacher. 2015; 37(9):807-12.
  • Nixon LJ, Bordage GB, Schwartz A, Wolpaw T, Menk J, Duffy B. SNAPPS-Plus: An educational prescription to facilitate formulating and answering clinical questions. Academic Medicine. 2014. 89; (8):1174-9.
  • Aylward M, Nixon LJ, Gladding SP. An Entrustable Professional Activity (EPA) for Handoffs as a Model for EPA Assessment Development. Academic Medicine. 2014; 89(10):1335-40
  • Duran-Nelson A, Gladding S, Beattie J, Nixon LJ. Should we Google it?- Resource use by internal medicine residents for point-of-care clinical decision making. Academic Medicine. 2013; 88(6): 788-794.
  • Thompson Buum HA. MD, Duran-Nelson AM, Menk J and Nixon LJ.
  • Duty hours monitoring revisited: Self-report may not be adequate. American Journal of Medicine. 2013;126(4):362-365.
  • Nixon LJ, Aiyer M, Durning S, Gouveia C, Kogan JR, Lang VJ, ten Cate O, Hauer KE. Educating clerkship students in the era of resident duty hour restrictions. American Journal of Medicine. 2011;124 (7):671-676.



University of Minnesota Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Pediatrics

Clinical Interests

Evidence-based medicine; Internal medicine; Medical Education; Pediatrics; Physical diagnosis

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital; University of Minnesota Medical Center