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.
Temple Howell-Stampley, M.D., M.B.A., FACP
Professor and Chair, Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Graduate School: M.D., East Carolina University School of Medicine, 1993
Interests: General Internal Medicine; Primary Care; Physician Assistant Education; Clinical Integration of Advanced Practice Providers; Patient Centered Medical Home; Quality Improvement and Patient Safety; EPIC Workflow Optimization
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
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
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