John Cavenagh, Ph.D., PA-C, Chairman
Dr. Cavenagh is a 1976 graduate of the Yale University Physician Associate Program.
In 1977, he graduated from the inaugural class of the Norwalk Hospital/Yale University
physician assistant surgical residency. He holds the degree of Master of Business
Administration from Marymount College in Arlington, Virginia. He has also earned
the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership/Systems with a concentration
in Health Care Studies from Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has over
40 years of health-related experience. He has held various positions as a physician
assistant clinician, health care executive and medical educator. He has previous
faculty experience in the emergency medical training programs at George Washington
University and Community College of Beaver County Pennsylvania. He began teaching
at PCOM in 1998, lecturing to the PA program inaugural class. He currently serves
as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. He is
a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Society of Physician
Assistants in Emergency Medicine and the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants.
He is a nationally board certified Physician Assistant and is currently licensed to
practice as an osteopathic Physician Assistant in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Jill Cunningham, MHS, PA-C, Assistant Professor
Jill Cunningham is a 2003 graduate of Drexel University's Master of Health Sciences
in Physician Assistant Studies. She brings to the program a clinical background in
Internal Medicine which she gained after 5 years of practice with Jefferson Medical
Care in South Philadelphia. While in practice, Jill served as a preceptor to Physician
Assistant students and developed and maintained the office Coumadin clinic in addition
to her daily outpatient responsibilities.
Jill comes from a diverse background, with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from
LaSalle University and experience in editing and advertising. She also worked as a
Massage Therapist in various settings including: fitness facilities, spas and a chiropractic
wellness center, before returning to graduate school.
She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, a nationally board
certified Physician Assistant and currently licensed to practice as a Physician Assistant
in the state of Pennsylvania. She maintains her clinical practice in the field of
Marilyn DiFeliciantonio, MLS, PA-C, Co-Director of Clinical Studies
Marilyn DiFeliciantonio spent many years as an educator before her graduation from
the Hahnemann University Physician Assistant Program in 1989. She brings to the program
a clinical background in Correctional Medicine, Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow
Transplantation. During her many years as a clinician with the Department of Neoplastic
Diseases at Hahnemann University Hospital she also took part in various research studies
in the field of cancer treatment.
Her interest in education and knowledge of the field of Oncology led her to be a lecturer
on that topic for a number of Physician Assistant programs in our area. Her prior
experience as a clinical preceptor for senior Physician Assistant students, medical
students, and post-graduate residents adds value to her role as one of our clinical
coordinators. Her interest and involvement in community education has led her to being
involved as a professional speaker for the American Cancer Society and a number of
women's groups on the topic of breast, ovarian, and other cancers. She is a member
of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Pennsylvania Society of Physician
Assistants. She is a nationally board certified Physician Assistant and currently
licensed to practice as a Physician Assistant in the state of Pennsylvania.
Sean Guinane, MS, PA-C, Director of Outcomes, Assessment, & Technology
Sean Guinane has been a faculty member with the college since 2009, and currently
serves as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Outcomes Assessment and Technology.
Sean brings a clinical perspective from practice in family medicine and urgent care
to the classroom for physician assistant students, as well as an appreciation for
clinical learning, having served as a preceptor for both PA and medical students while
in practice. Sean completed a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from University
of the Sciences in Philadelphia in 2003, and a Master’s degree in Health Science –
Physician Assistant Studies from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2004.
Additionally, Sean is nearing completion of a Doctor of Health Science degree with
a focus in education from A.T. Still University, with a research interest in the transition
to practice for new physician assistants. Sean a nationally certified physician assistant
and licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He is a member of the American
Academy of Physician Assistants, the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants,
both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey societies of physician assistants, and the LBGTPA
Paul Krajewski, MS, PA-C, Director of Clinical Studies
Paul Krajewski is a graduate of the inaugural PCOM Physician Assistant class of 2000.
He has a diverse background in Orthopedic Surgery, as well as General Surgery, and
Emergency Medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Stroudsburg University
in Health and Physical Education, a Masters of Education from Temple University with
a concentration in Sports Medicine and a Masters of Science Degree in Physician Assistant
Studies from The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has a wealth of
experience as an Athletic Trainer as well as in the field of Sports Medicine. He has
served as a clinical preceptor for physician assistant students in the disciplines
of emergency medicine and general surgery. He has returned as an adjunct instructor
to PCOM PA program throughout the years. He is a member of the American Academy of
Physician Assistants, a nationally board certified Physician Assistant and currently
licensed to practice as a Physician Assistant in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania
and Delaware. He currently continues clinical practice in Orthopedics in a large area
Laura Levy, MMS, PA-C, Assistant PA Program Director
Laura Levy has been with the Department of PA Studies since 1999. She brings to the
program a wealth of knowledge and experience in family medicine and women's health
issues. This professional experience has given her an excellent background in preparing
students for all aspects of primary care practice. She has been instrumental in developing
curricula and acts as an advisor to the Sara Somers Rupert Student Society Class officers.
Ms. Levy is currently pursuing a doctorate in Health Sciences. She earned a Master
of Medical Science degree from Saint Francis College, a Bachelor of Science from Hahnemann
University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Sociology from Indiana University
of Pennsylvania. Ms. Levy has authored articles on plantar fasciitis and medical
simulation. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the
Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants. She is a nationally board certified
Physician Assistant and currently licensed to practice as a Physician Assistant in
the state of Pennsylvania..
Gregory McDonald, D.O., Medical Director
Dr. McDonald has been with the program since 2001 and has served as Medical Director
since October of 2006. He is board certified in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology. Dr.
McDonald has taught 100% of the pathology component of the program since 2001 and
continues to do so today, teaching in 3 of 5 semesters of every didactic phase cycle.
Dr. McDonald is an alumnus of the PCOM DO class of 1995.
Nancy McLaughlin, DHSc, PA-C, Assistant PA Program Director - GA Campus
Dr. Nancy McLaughlin is the Assistant Program Director and Georgia Campus Site Director
in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic
Medicine in Suwanee, Georgia. Dr. McLaughlin served 10 years in the United States
Army as a medic, orthopedic technician, and a physician assistant. After departure
from the Army in 2006, she relocated to Atlanta, Georgia where she practiced in plastic
surgery. Prior to joining the faculty at PCOM, she was on faculty at Mercer University's
PA Program in Atlanta, Georgia where she served as the Admissions Chairperson and
Dr. McLaughlin earned a Bachelor's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the
Interservice Physician Assistant Program at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas in
2001. She completed a Master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University
of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska. She earned a Master's degree in Healthcare Administration
from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri and a Doctorate of Health Science from
Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Christine Mount, MS, PA-C, Director of Didactic Studies
Christine Mount joins PCOM faculty after working clinically as a Physician Assistant
for the past six years. She has a bachelor of science degree in Health Sciences and
Athletic Training from the State University of New York College at Cortland. She
worked clinically in sports medicine as an athletic trainer for a year before returning
to graduate school. She then attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of
NJ and Seton Hall University Physician Assistant program, graduating with the degree
of master of science in 2001. Christine's clinical medicine has been in a variety
of clinical settings. She has worked in a private neurologist office, emergency department
and trauma center of an inner city hospital and a state run facility for individuals
with developmental disabilities. Christine has participated as a clinical site preceptor
for physician assistant students, medical students, and medical residents in the Emergency
Department. She has been very involved in medical ethics serving on committees at
multiple facilities regarding end of life issues and allowing patients to die with
dignity. Christine also does monthly patient education lectures to families dealing
with new onset dementia to help provide them with knowledge regarding this condition
and available community resources. She is a nationally board certified physician
assistant and licensed to practice as a physician assistant in Pennsylvania and New
Jersey. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the New
Jersey State Society of Physician Assistants. She continues to practice clinically
in emergency medicine for a large inner city hospital and trauma center.
Tia Solh, MPAS, PA-C, Academic Coordinator
Tia Solh joined the faculty of the Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies
in March of 2015. She was previously a faculty member of the PA program at Nova Southeastern
University – Orlando, FL.
She attended Wayne State University of Michigan on an academic scholarship, where
she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science. After college,
she worked for several years in the Cytogenetics laboratory of the Detroit Medical
Center before matriculation into Wayne State’s Physician Assistant program. While
in PA school, she was a two-time recipient of Wayne State’s Graduate Professional
scholarship. She graduated with her M.P.A.S. degree in 2006.
She has spent half her clinical PA career in Emergency Medicine, and has also worked
in the fields of Blood and Marrow Transplant, Infectious Disease, and Internal Medicine.
She also served as a preceptor to PA students in the emergency department prior to
entering PA education. She currently resides in Georgia with her husband who is an
Jennifer Windstein, MS, PA-C, Assistant Professor
Jennifer Windstein joined the Physician Assistant program here at PCOM in April 2010.
She is a 2005 graduate of the Wagner College Physician Assistant Program in Staten
Island, New York where she received her Bachelor of Science and Physician Assistant
Certificate. Upon graduating from PA school, Jennifer obtained a position at a private
gastroenterology office in northern New Jersey while pursuing her Master of Science
in Physician Assistant Studies at Wagner College with a concentration in education.
She then went on to work for the next three and a half years at a private family practice
in Staten Island before coming to the Philadelphia area. While working in family
practice she was a preceptor for PA students and worked as an adjunct professor at
Wagner College's PA program in the general medicine course. She has also worked in
PM &R and currently works part time in a family medicine office in New Jersey.
She is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants,
is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and is licensed to practice
in New York and New Jersey.
Jemal Marie Bankhead, Supervisor
Jemal Bankhead comes to the Department with an extensive administrative background the
majority of which was spent in Reinsurance Broking. She attended Drexel University
and Temple University where she took several classes in Mathematics, Chemistry and
Jemal is the mother of five children and spends most of her free time with her family
and participating in a Bible Teaching volunteer work. She also enjoys sports. art
Laura Baumgarten, Administrative Assistant
Laura Baumgarten is the Administrative Assistant for the Physician Assistant Studies
Department. Laura is an LPN and previously worked for the last three years in an integrative
medicine clinic. Before returning to clinical practice, Laura worked at Mercer University
in the Physician Assistant Program. Laura was instrumental in the development of the
PA program at Mercer.
Laura received an Associate's degree from Gwinnett Tech College in Nursing and also
has an Associate's degree in Accounting. Laura is an avid tennis player and enjoys
cooking and traveling.
Nadine Miller, Secretary
Nadine Miller comes to PCOM with over ten years of Administrative experience, two
of which are in Physician Assistant education.
Nadine has three small children and likes spending her time caring for her family,
cooking, baking and reading.
Candace Dempster, Secretary
Candace Dempster comes to PCOM from the University of Pennsylvania Health System with
over 15 year of medical office experience. She is also a certified Medical Assistant.
Candace is the mother of two girls and she likes traveling to Maryland to visit her
family for long weekends and holidays.