Physician Assistant Studies

Physician Assistant Program Faculty, Staff, Adjunct Faculty and Clinical Instructor PA-C Faculty Appointments

Patricia A. Hogue , PhD, PA

Patricia A. Hogue, PhD, PA

Department Chair, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Professor

Dr. Hogue was appointed in 1993 as a member of the Medical College of Ohio PA advisory board that served to direct the process to start a PA Program.  The advisory board hired the PA Program Director (Anthony Miller) in 1995.  The first class matriculated into the program in 1996.  Dr. Hogue was hired as the Faculty Clinical Coordinator in early March, 1997 and the first class graduated in 1998.  Dr. Hogue was promoted to Program Director and Chair of The Department of Physician Assistant Studies in May, 1999. Since 2015, Dr. Hogue is no longer the program director but remains as the Department Chair, Program Faculty and the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion for The College of Medicine and Life Sciences. Dr. Hogue is a graduate of Hahnemann/Drexel Physician Assistant Program in 1987, received her Master of Science degree from The Chicago Medical School/Finch University of Health Science - 1995, and completed her PhD doctoral coursework at University of Toledo- Department of Public Health - 2007, major - Health Education and minor - Contemporary Gerontological Practice.  Prior to becoming a PA, Dr. Hogue practiced as an Associate Degree Registered Nurse (RN).  Dr. Hogue brings extensive prior clinical experience to the UT PA Program in internal medicine, cardiology, neurology - Parkinson Disease, family medicine and student health.    Dr. Hogue is active professionally in the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants (OAPA), American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Diversity and Inclusion with many prior and current community board appointments.  Dr. Hogue is also a longstanding member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated.  Her research interests include minority and women health issues, healthcare disparities, social determinants of health, and older adult health.


Paul L. Schaefer, MD, PhD

Paul L. Schaefer, MD, PhD

Program Medical Director, Associate Professor, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Dr. Schaefer was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Schaefer is now an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, along with Medical Director of the PA Program. Dr. Schaefer obtained his MD from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, received his PhD from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and completed his residency in Family Medicine at the former Medical University of Ohio (now The University of Toledo).  Dr. Schaefer's research interests include mental health and depression.


Linda Jo Dill, PhD, PA-C

Linda Jo Dill, PhD, PA-C

Interim Program Director and Assistant Professor

Dr. Dill joined the University of Toledo as a full-time faculty member in July of 2014.  Dr. Dill was appointed as the Interim Program Director in January 2017.  Professor Dill graduated from Des Moines University, Des Moines, Iowa Physician Assistant Program in June, 1990 with a Bachelor of Science, received her Master of Science from Alderson-Broaddus College, Philippi, West Virginia in June 1990, and received her Doctorate of Philosophy in June, 2008 from Capella University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Dr. Dill served as core faculty and Academic Coordinator for seven years at York College, City University of New York, Jamaica, New York.  Dr. Dill's research interests are medical malpractice issues and student learning.  


Carolina Wishner, MD, MPH

Carolina Wishner, MD, MPH

Assistant Program Director, Academic Coordinator and Assistant Professor & Faculty Advisor for the PA student national organization (SAAAPA)

Dr. Wishner became a full-time PA Program faculty in 2014. Dr. Wishner was appointed as the Assistant Program Director in January 2017.  Dr. Wishner has served as Clinic Director of the National Police in her native country, The Republic of Panama, and the physician for the Panamanian Olympic Committee. She has prior experience working on large scale disasters by way of her efforts at Chernobyl in the mid-1980’s. As a result of this position, Dr. Wishner provided much needed care at the scene of Ground Zero in 2001.  Dr. Wishner received her Doctor of General Medicine in 1990 from The First Institute of Medicine, Russia, Ukraine, a Master of Public Health in 2012 from Bowling Green/University of Toledo Consortium. Dr. Wishner has provided an integral part of the development of the Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center, as well as serving as one of the teaching faculty.  Dr. Wishner is actively involved in the Interdisciplinary Professional Education (IPE) initiative, where there are 18 disciplines represented.  Dr. Wishner's research interests are in disaster medicine and public health issues.  Captain Wishner recently retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Reserve Public Health Officer.


NATALIE WALKUP MPAS, PA-C

Natalie walkup MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Professor Natalie Walkup served as full-time faculty in the PA Program from 2011 to 2016.  Professor Walkup was appointed as the Assistant Program Director in 2014.  She recently took a leave of absence in December 2016 and returned as part-time faculty May 1, 2017.  Professor Walkup practices as an OB/GYN and oncology physician assistant.  Professor Walkup graduated from Duquesne University PA Program, Pittsburgh, PA in 2003.  Professor Walkup is currently completing her PhD course work in Public Health Education. Professor Walkup served as the faculty advisor for the PA student national organization (SAAAPA) as well as organized the yearly 5K run for charity.

 


JULIE REGO MSBS, PA-C

Julie rego MSBS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Professor Julie Rego graduated recently (2016) from the University of Toledo PA Program.  Professor Rego graduated from The Bowling Green University with a Bachelor Degree in Health Science Biology.  Professor Rego received many awards for leadership and academic achievement.  Julie currently is employed at the University of Toledo Medical Center in the Emergency Department.  Julie was hired as part-time PA faculty May 1, 2017 and will work closely with Professor Walkup to co-teach the three diagnostic and therapeutic courses over three semesters.

 


SUZANNE LUEBKE MS, PA-C

SUZANNE LUEBKE MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty, Clinical Coordinator

Professor Suzanne Luebke was hired as full-time PA faculty on May 8, 2017.  Professor Luebke graduated from Kettering College of Medical Arts in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.  Professor Luebke also received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University.  Professor Luebke practices currently in geriatric behavior medicine but brings extensive clinical experience to the UT PA Program in behavioral medicine, primary care, and internal medicine.  


 

 


BOUTHYNA ISSA MD, MPH

BOuthyna IsSa MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty

Dr. Issa received her MD degree from The University of Damascus and completed her residency in the Department of Surgery at The Damascus Hospitals.  Dr. Issa received her Master of Public Health with an epidemiology major from the University of Toledo/Bowling Green University Consortium.  Dr. Issa volunteered her time and service to provide many clinical medicine lectures.  She also serves as a clinical skills and medical history proctor/instructor for the University of Toledo's Physician Assistant Program and an interviewer on the Admissions Committee since March 2016.  Dr. Issa will teach courses and join the PA Program as a full time faculty on July 1, 2017.

 


ROBYN GANDY, PHD

Robyn Gandy, phd

Assistant Clinical Coordinator, Assistant Professor, Accessibility Specialist Student Disability Services

Dr. Gandy rejoined the Physician Assistant program faculty in March of 2017. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Lourdes University, a Master’s degree in Human Factors Psychology from the University of Dayton, and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Toledo.  Dr. Gandy’s dissertation explored split brain patients and the function of the different areas of the corpus callosum in humans. Dr. Gandy’s professional career in higher education started at Mercy College of Northwest Ohio, where she established and served as the Coordinator of the Student Success Center.  She then worked at the University of Toledo in the capacity of Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, Director of the Academic Enrichment Center, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and Coordinator of Student Disability Services.  Dr. Gandy also worked at Lourdes University, where she held the position of Associate Dean of Academic Services and Associate Professor in the Psychology Department. Her research interests include student learning, information processing, learning disabilities, student retention, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, epilepsy, and neuroendocrine tumors.

 


Jolene Miller, MLS

Jolene Miller, MLS

Assistant Professor, Director of Mulford Library

Professor Jolene Miller joined the department in 1997 and served as Scholarly Project Coordinator from 2000 - 2008.  Professor Miller's administrative appointment is in the Mulford Health Science Library, where she is the Director of the Mulford Library.  Professor Miller received a Bachelor's degree in biology from the Ohio State University in 1991, a Master of Library Science from Kent State University in 1994, Graduate Certificate in Medical and Health Sciences Education from the Medical College of Ohio in 2003, and has taken graduate coursework in research and measurement at UT.


RONI HOSKINS, AAB

RONI HOSKINS, AAB

Program Administrative Assistant 

Roni was hired in 2015 as Administrative Assistant II for the PA program. She has been employed at the University since 1998 in several administrative roles. Roni Hoskins graduated from the University of Toledo with an Associate of Applied Business degree with a focus in Computer Software Specialist Technology.


KRISTI HOFFMAN ROBERTS, BA

KRISTI ROBERTS-HOFFMAN, BA

Administrative Clinical Coordinator

Kristi has more than 25 years of progressive experience in the administrative field.  Kristi has served as a manager at a State Farm Insurance Agency for seven years.  Kristi's most recent responsibilities for her prior position with the College of Nursing were to process all of the clinical contracts for both undergraduate and graduate nursing programs, as well as accreditation work for the Ohio Board of Nursing.  In addition, she provided administrative support for the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Department Chair for the undergraduate programs, and the Program Director for BSN and RN-BSN programs. Kristi earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toledo and an Associate's degree in accounting from The University of Toledo ComTech campus. 


Adjunct PA Course Faculty

ANDREW D. BEAVIS, PHD.

Andrew D. Beavis, pHd

Pharmacology - Three Semesters 
Professor & Education Director

CAROL BENNETT-CLARK, PHD

Carol bennett-clark, PhD

Anatomy Course
Professor

JACOB BIESZCZAD, MD

Jacob Bieszczad, MD

Radiology Course & Rotation
Assistant Professor

GEORGE T. CICILA, PHD

george T. Cicila, PHD

Physiology & Basic Genetics Courses
Associate Professor

WALTER EDINGER, PHD

Walter Edinger, PHD

Medical Ethics Course
Associate Professor

BARBARA SALTZMAN, PHD

Barbara Saltzman, PHD

Research & Statistic Course
Assistant Professor

JOHN WRYOBECK PHD, ABPP

John M. Wryobeck,
PHD, ABPP

Behavioral Science Course
Associate Professor 

   

PA Program Alumni - University of Toledo Medical Center Clinical Instructor Faculty Appointment in The PA Program:

NOHA ELNAGAR, MD, MSBS,  PA-C

NOHA ELNAGAR, MSBS,

MD, PA-C

Endocrinology
Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor

STEVEN HAMMERSMITH, MSBS, PA-  C

STEVEN HAMMERSMITH,
MSBS, PA-C

Internal Medicine
Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor

ANDREW JETER, MSBS, PA-C

ANDREW JETER,
MSBS, PA-C

Internal Medicine
Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor

ANDREW JURGENSON, MSBS, PA-C

ANDREW JUGERSON,
MSBS, PA-C

Internal Medicine
Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor

DENVER RUSSELL, MSBS, PA-C

DENVER RUSSELL,
MSBS, PA-C

Internal Medicine
Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor

BEN TOBIAS, MSBS, PA-C

BEN TOBIAS,
MSBS, PA-C

Internal Medicine
Physician Assistant Clinical Instructor

 

Last Updated: 7/10/17