Dr. Robert Jackson, D.O., F.A.C.O.I., has served as the Associate Dean of Campus Academic Affairs, and as Chairman and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is board certified in the specialty of Internal Medicine as well as the sub-specialty of Rheumatology. Dr. Jackson has also completed a four year tour of duty with the National Health Corps in rural Southern Missouri.
Dr. Jackson is currently president of Premier Specialty Network (PSN) and is a full time PSN Rheumatologist, practicing at nine different hospitals in the states of Missouri and Iowa. He remains involved with his Academic Appointment at ATSU, and Dr. Jackson was honored to receive the 2018 Medical Honoree Award from the Arthritis Foundation of Missouri. The award is presented annually to a member of the medical community who has dedicated his or her career to improving patient outcomes and reducing the suffering of those afflicted with arthritis.
Founded by Dr. Jackson in 1999, PSN has proudly provided quality healthcare to rural communities throughout the United States by establishing satellite clinics staffed by top level doctors. PSN originally evolved out of the Northeast Missouri Rural Health Network (NMRHN).
While directing NMRHN, Dr. Jackson became acutely aware of the need to improve access to rural healthcare. With his guidance and leadership, NMRHN helped develop 5 Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) in northeast Missouri (Unionville, Milan, Macon, Memphis and Brookfield). Subsequently, Dr. Jackson developed a unique model of outreach specialty medical service for Rheumatology to serve the same hospitals.
PSN has since expanded this model over the course of the years and now provides a variety of medical and surgical services to communities across the United States.