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WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Nicholson a trailblazer in women’s health, medical research

Dr. Wanda Nicholson is licensed in three states and serves on several boards.
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Our featured leading lady today grew up in Rockingham and has become one marvel of a woman in business, education, medicine, research, and many other leadership posts.

Dr. Wanda Nicholson graduated from Richmond Senior High School in 1982, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 as a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.), and again from UNC in 1994 from the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, the University of California-Berkeley in 1996 with a Master’s degree in Epidemiology, the University of California-San Francisco in 1996 from the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, and the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School with a Master’s of Business Administration in Medical Management in 2005. 

While you might be already taken aback just by reading her education credentials, Nicholson’s academic accomplishments are just the icing on her very accomplished multi-tiered cake.       

Nicholson is a dual-trained physician in obstetrics and gynecology and epidemiology, chair of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists’ Working Group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, and a former member of the United States Preventive Services Task Force.

She is a researcher in population health and health equity, population improvement, and access to care for rural populations. Her research focuses on centers on social determinants of health and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. She has clinical and research expertise in public health, health disparities and the business of medicine.


Nicholson focused on opportunities in medical school leadership, the public health and nonprofit sectors or within research organizations or where she can leverage her prior experiences in clinical and public health leadership, evidence-based care and community/stakeholder partnerships. She is committed to creating a strategic vision for population health and health equity for organizations and developing and operationalizing research priorities and performance measures for value-based care and better health outcomes. 

In 2016, she was awarded Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute funding for DiabetesSisters Network, an online social networking tool to engage women living with diabetes. On March 17, 2022, she was named vice chair for U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. 

Nicholson is certified in obstetrics and gynecology and has active medical licenses in North Carolina, Maryland and California. She serves as the chair of the Committee on Childbirth and Postpartum Hemorrhage. 

Join us today in celebrating this woman who has dedicated her career to helping other women for her ongoing accomplishments as a transformative health care leader, an educator, researcher, trailblazer, and for representing Richmond County so well. 

Meghann Lambeth is executive director of the Richmond County Tourism Development Authority. Republished from visitrichmondcounty.com. Throughout March, Visit Richmond County will feature a local leading lady in honor of Women’s History Month.

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