Levy Named Chair of Physician Assistant StudiesJuly 27, 2016
Laura Levy, DHSc, PA-C, was named chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, effective July 1. She had served as a faculty member in the department since 1999,
as associate professor, assistant program director, and site director for the Philadelphia
campus. Dr. Levy’s new post comes as John Cavenagh, PhD, PA-C , professor and former
chair, retires on August 4.
Dr. Levy’s professional expertise lies in family medicine and women’s health issues.
She has authored several articles on plantar fasciitis and medical stimulation, and
is a nationally board-certified physician assistant, licensed to practice in the state
of Pennsylvania. Her doctoral research focused on physician assistant educators’ attitudes
toward interprofessional education.
During her time in the department, Dr. Levy has assisted in curriculum development
and acts as an advisor to the class officers of the Sara Somers Rupert Student Society.
In 2007, she received the Christian R. and Mary F. Linback Award for Distinguished
Teaching. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Dr. Levy received her doctorate in health sciences from AT Still University, her master’s
in medical science from Saint Francis College, her bachelor’s in science from Hahnemann
University (now a part of Drexel University), and her bachelor’s in Spanish and sociology
from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
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