The Department of Physician Assistant Studies is led by an expert faculty recognized for excellence in academics, research, and clinical care. They have received prestigious teaching awards and hold important leadership positions in the physician assistant profession.
In addition, our faculty members have published research in nearly a dozen leading journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Academic Medicine, Journal of Environmental and Public Health, Journal of Surgical Education, Academic Emergency Medicine, Journal of American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Journal of Vascular Surgery.
Their knowledge, expertise and dynamic teaching create a rich environment for learning and professional growth.
P. Eugene Jones, Ph.D., PA-C
Distinguished Teaching Professor and Department Chair
Graduate School: Ph.D., PA-C, Claremont Graduate University, 1991
Interests: Physician assistant education, nonphysician clinicians, faculty workforce
Carolyn Bradley-Guidry, M.P.A.S., PA-C
Education: M.P.A.S., University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2006; B.S.P.A., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 1998
Interests: Lifestyle modification and health promotion, hypertension management
Samone D. Chism, M.S.P.A., PA-C
Graduate School: M.S.P.A., Western University of Health Sciences, 2002
Interests: Orthopedic Surgery
Laurette K. Dekat, M.D., M.P.H.
Clinical Assistant Professor and Medical Director
Medical School: M.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 1993
Graduate School: M.P.H., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1987
Interests: Adolescent medicine, school‑based health
David J. Klocko, M.P.A.S., PA-C
Graduate School: B.S.P.A., King’s College, 1986; MPAS, University of Nebraska, 1998
Interests: Clinical performance evaluation, access to health care, emergency medicine
Venetia L. Orcutt, Ph.D., M.B.A., PA-C
Graduate School: Ph.D., University of North Texas, Toulouse Graduate School, 2007
M.B.A., University of Dallas, Graduate School of Management, 1994
Interests: Health Workforce, Faculty Development, Educational Assessment
Jeffrey M. Williams, M.P.A.S., PA-C
Graduate School: M.P.A.S., University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2011
Interests: General Internal Medicine, Chronic Kidney Disease