College of Medicine Graduate Programs


Patricia A. Hogue Patricia A. Hogue, PhD,  PA-C, Associate Dean of Diversity, Department Chair, Associate Professor. Dr. Hogue was appointed in 1993 as a member of the Medical College of Ohio PA advisory committee that served to start the new PA Program and hire the Program Director.  After a robust faculty search, Dr. Hogue interviewed and was hired as the Faculty Clinical Coordinator in early March, 1997 and was promoted to Program Director and Chair of The Department of Physician Assistant Studies in May, 1999. Dr. Hogue is a graduate of Hahnemann/Drexel Physician Assistant Program, received her Master of Science degree from The Chicago Medical School/Finch University of Health Science, and completed her PhD doctoral coursework at University of Toledo- Department of Public Health, major - Health Education and minor - Certificate in Contemporary Gerontological Practice.  Dr. Hogue brings extensive clinical experience to the UT PA Program in internal medicine, cardiology, Parkinson Disease - movement disorders and Family Medicine; currently practicing part-time at UTMC in the Department of Family Medicine.  She 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 The Links, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  Her research interests include minority and women health issues, healthcare disparities, social determinants of health, and older adult health.

Paul SchaeferPaul Schaefer, MD, PhD - Program Medical Director - Family Medicine; Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean of Medical Education.  Dr. Schaefer was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine.  He 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).  His research interests include mental health and depression.



April GardnerApril Gardner MSBS, PA-C is an Assistant Professor, Program Director and Academic Coordinator in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.  Ms. Gardner joined the University of Toledo as a full-time faculty member in August, 2007.  She is an alumnus of the Medical College of Ohio Physician Assistant Program (now the UT PA Program) and previously served as adjunct faculty while practicing clinically in family medicine, cardiothoracic surgery, and urology.  She is a fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants.  Her research interests include urology, geriatric medicine, osteoporosis, and eating disorders.


Natalie WalkupNatalie Walkup, MPAS, PA-C is an Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director and Assistant Academic Coordinator in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.  She joined the University of Toledo as a full-time faculty member in August of 2011.  Mrs. Walkup graduated from Duquesne University with her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies.  She has practiced clinically in Aesthetic and Maxillofacial Surgery, Tick Borne Diseases, Gynecology and Gynecology / Oncology.  Mrs. Walkup believes in serving the rural and underserved populations and has been involved in medical missions to Gabon, Africa.  Her research interests include the role of patient education in disease prevention, infectious disease, spirituality and wellness, and women’s health.


Carolina WishnerCarolina Wishner, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.  Dr. Wishner joined the faculty in 2014. Dr. Wishner has served as the Director of the Clinic of the National Police in her native country the Republic of Panama as well as 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's research interest are in disaster medicine and public health issues.  

 Linda Jo DillLinda Jo Dill, PhD, PA-C is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She joined the University of Toledo as a full-time faculty member in July of 2014.  Dr. 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 has served as the full core faculty member and academic coordinator for seven years at the York College, City University of New York, Jamaica, New York.  Dr. Dill's research interests are Medical Malpractice Issues and student learning.  


Pamela DeWaltPamela DeWalt, M.O.L. is the Administrative Clinical Coordinator in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.  She joined the faculty in March of 2011.  Ms. DeWalt is no stranger to this community.  She began her career at the University of Toledo in 1993, when The University of Toledo Health Science Campus was The Medical College of Ohio.  Ms. DeWalt was a foundation accounting specialist and a fiscal planning officer/accountant.   She received her Bachelor of Arts (1996) from The University of Toledo; Master of Organizational Leadership degree from Lourdes College in 2010. Ms. DeWalt is currently enrolled and completing her MBA from The University of Toledo.  Ms. DeWalt's research interest includes leadership styles and practices, female leadership roles, and work-life balance.


Jolene MillerJolene Miller, MLS is an Instructor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.  Ms. Miller joined the department in 1997 and served as Scholarly Project Coordinator from 2000 - 2008.  Her administrative appointment is in the Mulford Health Science Library, where she is the Assistant Director of Mulford Library.  She received a Bachelor of Biology degree 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 then-Medical College of Ohio in 2003; and has taken graduate coursework in research and measurement at UT.


Meenakshi K. KawMeenakshi K. Kaw, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor and the Academic Clinical Educator in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.  Dr. Kaw joined the University of Toledo PA Program as a full-time faculty member June 1, 2016.  Prior to becoming a faculty member in the PA Program, Dr. Kaw held the position of Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology from June 2013 to June 2016.  Dr. Kaw was also a collaborating researcher on the breast cancer research initiatives and taught in the Human Donation and Medical Science Programs.  Dr. Kaw completed her MD degree from the Medical College University of Kashmir, India, July 1984, her Postgraduate diploma in clinical pathology, September 1988 and a residency in pathology at the Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India June 1992.  Dr. Kaw completed a Masters of Science in Occupational Health (MSOH) in 2002; PhD in Molecular Basis of Disease, 2007; Post-doctoral Fellowship, 2013 all from The Medical College of Ohio/University of Toledo. Dr. Kaw's research interest includes hypertension and cancer.  

Last Updated: 7/19/16