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Faculty

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.

Their knowledge, expertise, and dynamic teaching create a rich environment for learning and professional growth.

Our faculty members include:

Temple Howell-Stampley, M.D., M.B.A., FACP

Professor and Chair, Master of Physician Assistant Studies
P. Eugene Jones, Ph.D., PA-C Professorship in Physician Assistant Studies
Education: M.D., East Carolina University School of Medicine, 1993; M.B.A. UT Dallas Jindal School of Management, 2015 
Interests: General internal medicine, primary care, physician assistant education, clinical integration of advanced practice providers, quality improvement and patient safety

Carolyn Bradley-Guidry, Dr.P.H, M.P.A.S, B.S.N.

Associate Professor and Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Education: M.P.A.S., University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2006; B.S., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 1998
Interests: Health equity, health professions workforce diversity, hypertension management

Veronica L. Coleman, M.P.A.S., B.S.

Assistant Professor and Director of Admissions
Education: M.P.A.S., Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 2012; B.S. B.S. Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 2010, B.S Louisiana Tech University, 2002
Interests: Plastic and reconstructive surgery, surgical oncology, PA surgical skill development, professionalism and leadership

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

Bethany Grubb, M.P.H., M.P.A.S., B.S.

Assistant Professor
Education: M.P.H., UT Health Science Center, 2014; M.P.A.S., University of Nebraska, 2003; B.S., UT Southwestern Medical Center, 2002; B.S., Baylor University, 1999
Interests: Evidence-based medicine, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Global Health and Leadership, Public Policy

Laurie A. Hill, M.H.S., B.A.

Assistant Professor
Education: M.H.S. Quinnipiac University, 1996; B.A., Southern Connecticut State University, 1990
Interests: Ethics, Palliative Care / End-of-Life Issues, Inter-professional collaboration

Elizabeth Johnston, M.S.

Assistant Professor
Education: M.S., A.T. Still University, 2005; M.S., Brigham Young University, 2003
Interests: Family Practice, Adult Ambulatory Medicine, Medical Education, Health Promotion

David J. Klocko, M.P.A.S.

Associate Professor and Academic Coordinator; Distinguished Teaching Professor
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.

Laura Mattingly, M.H.S.

Assistant Professor
Education: M.H.S. University of South Alabama, 2003
Interests: Primary Care, Chronic Disease Management, Patient Empowerment, and Curriculum Design

Venetia L. Orcutt, Ph.D., M.B.A., B.S.

Associate Professor and Associate Director; Distinguished Teaching Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of North Texas, Toulouse Graduate School, 2007
M.B.A., University of Dallas, Graduate School of Management, 1994; B.S., UT Southwestern Medical Center
Interests: Health workforce, faculty development, educational assessment

Michel Statler, M.L.A, B.S.

Associate Professor
Education: M.L.A., Southern Methodist University, 2000; B.S. University of Alabama in Birmingham, 1980
Interests: Neurology, psychiatry, curriculum development, assessment, faculty development, professional practice issues

Bau P. Tran, Pharm.D., M.M.S., B.S.

Assistant Professor
Education: Doctorate of Pharmacy, University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy, 2000; M.S., St. Francis University, 2008
Interests: General internal medicine, interprofessional development, educational advancement using technology, underserved populations