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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