Faculty

Physician Assistant students read echocardiograms
Dave Klocko teaches Physician Assistant students how to read 
electrocardiograms.

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies is led by an expert faculty recognized for excellence in academics, research, and clinical care. Faculty members 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.

Physician Assistant students and cryosurgery practice
Gene Jones, Ph.D., PA Program Director, volunteers a forearm for cryosurgery practice
with members of the PA Class of 2010.

P. Eugene Jones, Ph.D., PA-C
Distinguished Teaching Professor and Department Chair
Education: Ph.D., M.A., Claremont Graduate University, 1991, M.A., Webster University, 1981; B.S., University of Nebraska College of Medicine, 1976
Interests: Physician assistant education, nonphysician clinicians, faculty workforce

Carolyn Bradley-Guidry, M.P.A.S., PA-C
Clinical Assistant Professor
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

Veronica L. Coleman, M.P.A.S., PA-C
Assistant Professor and Associate Clinical Coordinator
Education: M.P.A.S., Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 2012; B.S. Physician Assistant, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 2010, B.S Clinical Laboratory Science, Louisiana Tech University, 2002
Interests: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Diabetic Limb Care, Preventative Diabetic Limb Amputation Education, Chronic Wound Care, Post Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction Education, Medical Education, Surgical Skill Development, Professionalism, Cultural Competency, Clinical Site and Preceptor Development

Laurette K. Dekat, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor and Medical Director
Education: M.D., University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 1983, M.P.H., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1987, B.A. Biology, University of Dallas, 1979
Residency: Department of Pediatrics, University of Oklahoma Children's Hospital, 1986
Interests: Physician Assistant Education, Adolescent Medicine, School‑Based Health, Public Health, Quality Improvement

Kassidy James, M.H.S., PA-C
Assistant Professor and Associate Academic Coordinator
Education: M.H.S. Drexel University, Hahnemann PA Program 2006; B.S. Economics Baylor University 2003
Interests: Hospitalist Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Underserved Populations, Systems Based Practice

John P. Kane, M.P.A.S., PA-C
Assistant Professor
Education: M.P.A.S., University of North Texas Health Science Center, 2007
Interests: General Surgery, Bariatric Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Underserved population

Tiffany Billmeier Kindratt, M.P.H.
Assistant Professor and Director of Research
Education: M.P.H., Global Health Concentration, University of Texas School of Public Health Dallas Regional Campus, 2009; B.A. Psychology, Minor Business, University of Texas, 2004
Interests: Epidemiology, Health Disparities, Medical Education, Health Literacy

David J. Klocko, M.P.A.S., PA-C
Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator
Education: B.S.P.A., King’s College, 1986; M.P.A.S., University of Nebraska, 1998
Interests: Innovative teaching methods, technology in the classroom, educational outcomes assessment, improving access to care.

Venetia L. Orcutt, Ph.D., M.B.A., PA-C
Associate Professor
Education: 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

Daytheon Sturges, M.P.A.S., PA-C
Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator
Education: Master of Physician Assistant Studies, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 2012; B.S. in Physician Assistant, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 2008; B.S. in Biology, Louisiana Tech University, 2006
Interests: Internal Medicine, Primary Care, Rheumatology, Health Promotion, Health Education, Innovative teaching strategies

Jeffrey M. Williams, M.P.A.S., PA-C
Assistant Professor and Associate Academic Coordinator
Education: M.P.A.S., University of Nebraska (2011); B.H.S., University of Kentucky (1999); Registered Nurse, Lexington Community College (1994)
Interests: Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Chronic Kidney Disease, Health Literacy, Psychiatry, PA Workforce Issues