Lovest Alexander, Jr., MHS, PA-C (’78), was promoted to associate professor, and was honored by the African Heritage PA Caucus for Black History Month.
Lorraine Anglin, MHS, PA-C (’08), was promoted to assistant professor.
Jacqueline S. Barnett, DHSc, MSHS, PA-C, associate professor and program director, completed her second year of service as a Commissioner for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), and served on the Advisory Board for the National Society of Black Physician Assistants and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Taskforce of ARC-PA. At Duke University School of Medicine, Barnett served on the Steering Committee for the school’s Dismantling Racism Initiative for Health Professions Education and on the Micro/Macroaggression Subcommittee.
Barnett continues to serve as the Principal Investigator for Duke’s HRSA grant, “Transforming Health Care Through Enhanced Clinical Team Training.” 2021 is the final year of funding for the $2.3 million, five-year grant that supports activities to enhance primary care training.
Last year, Barnett presented at the PAEA Annual Forum on the topics of “Creating an Opioid Curriculum Continuum for Students, Preceptors, and Providers,” and “Integrating Cultural Humility and Mindfulness in Test Item Writing,” and at the PAEA National Webinar on the topic of “Primary Care Training Enhancement Grants: Tips and Tricks for PA Faculty.” She also presented at a PAEA Physician Assistant Racial Injustice Faculty Town Hall.
Melinda Blazar, MHS, PA-C (’07), assistant professor, was awarded the Henry “Buddy” Lee Treadwell Award by the Class of 2020. The class chose Blazar for her “courageous leadership throughout the many challenges that 2020 brought upon us during unprecedented times, when there were more questions than answers and there was looming uncertainty in the future of our clinical year.”
Alicia R. Bolden, DMSc, MPH, PA-C, assistant professor, was named clinical coordinator.
Patricia Dieter, MPA, PA-C, professor and chief of the Division of PA Studies, was named Lessons Learned editor of the Journal of Physician Assistant Education. She also was appointed to a three-year term on the Drexel University Alumni Board of Governors.
Wendy Elwell-Paige, M.S., was promoted to assistant director of admissions.
Susan Hibbard, Ph.D., assistant professor, was inducted into Pi Alpha as a faculty member, and was recognized by PAEA’s Support to Advance Research (STAR) Program.
Kate Holeman, B.A., senior program coordinator, was awarded the Stead Society’s Outstanding Staff Award by the Class of 2020, stating that she “dedicated countless hours, including nights and weekends” to ensuring all students received clinical re-assignments in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kim Howard, MHS, PA-C, surgery coordinator, is a provider at Duke Health’s new Esophageal Center.
Nicholas Hudak, MSEd, MPA, PA-C, associate professor, was named Abstracts and Brief Reports co-editor of the Journal of Physician Assistant Education.
Quincy Jones, MSW, LCSW, MHS, PA-C (’09), assistant professor, became interim chair of the PAEA Awards and Honors Committee, and co-chair for the N.C. Medical Society’s Ethical and Judicial Affairs Committee. She also was recognized by PAEA’s Support to Advance Research (STAR) Program.
Perri Morgan, Ph.D., MPH, PA-C, professor, was presented the Article of the Year award by the PAEA for her work on “Impact of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants on Utilization and Costs for Complex Patients,” published in Health Affairs.
Sandro Pinheiro de Oliveira, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine, was inducted into Pi Alpha as a faculty member.
Mara Sanchez, MMS, PA-C, assistant professor, was named academic coordinator, and was recognized by PAEA’s Support to Advance Research (STAR) Program.
Hailey Sherman, M.A., joined the Duke PA program staff as the program coordinator for assessment & evaluation in September 2020. Previously, she was a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill where she studied political science, worked as a research assistant and taught undergraduate courses. At the PA program, Sherman works with the preclinical and clinical year teams to facilitate the collection, analysis and visualization of assessment and accreditation data.
Brandi Tuttle, MSLIS, medical center library liaison to the Duke PA program, received the Partnership Award from the PAEA.