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Faculty & Staff - Physician Assistant

Physician Assistant Faculty and Staff

Physician Assistant Faculty & Administrative Staff

Department Chair/Program Director – Gerald Glavaz, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C

Gerald (“Jerry”) Glavaz earned his Bachelor of Science from Eastern Illinois University and his Physician Assistant Certificate from Northeastern University in Boston. He completed his Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree at the University of Nebraska, and received his Doctor of Health Sciences degree in 2013. Dr. Glavaz joined the department in 2003 and served as a Clinical Coordinator until he was appointed the Department Chair/Program Director in 2014 . He is a past member of the Physician Assistant Education Association’s Clinical Education Committee. He continues to practice clinically in Occupational Medicine and Orthopedics.

Department Faculty – Yasmin Chene, DHSc, MPA, PA-C

Yasmin Chene earned her Master of Physician Assistant degree from Loma Linda University in 2002. She subsequently completed a fellowship in Rural Medicine in 2003. She completed her doctorate in Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University in 2009. During her time in the program she has performed several roles including clinical and administrative duties. Currently she functions as a PA program faculty at Loma Linda University.  Dr. Chene coordinates Multicultural Competencies for PAs for the LLU PA Program.  Dr. Chene’s areas of interest include interprofessional education and vulnerable populations.

Didactic Director – Frank Sirna, BS, RRT, PA-C

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Didactic Coordinator – Julie Yang, MPH, CHPE, PA-C

After earning her Bachelor's degree in Biology/Biomedical Sciences in 1994, Julie Yang went on to complete her Physician Assistant Studies from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1997. She also received her Master's degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Education and Promotion from Loma Linda University in 2001. She has served as part-time faculty as a didactic coordinator for the Loma Linda PA Program since 2002, and has worked clinically in pediatrics, family medicine, and urgent care. She currently assists in coordinating and teaching in the didactic phase of the program.

Clinical Director – Ghina Katrib, MPA, PA-C

Ghina Katrib received a Bachelor's degree in Respiratory Care/Health Fitness Management Promotion and Education from Columbia Union College in 1994. She obtained a Master's degree in Physician Assistant Sciences in 2003 from Loma Linda University and has worked in several fields including urgent care, orthopedics and dermatology. She returned to Loma Linda University in 2007 as the Associate Didactic Coordinator and transitioned to the Associate Clinical Coordinator for the Physician Assistant program before becoming the Clinical Director. Her responsibilities include coordination of the clinical year and teaching Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation in the didactic year. Professor Katrib also teaches Physical Diagnosis for the Emergency Medical Care Bachelor’s degree program as well as for the Radiology Assistant program.

Catherine Oms, PA Faculty

Didactic Coordinator-Catherine Oms, MPA, PA-C

Catherine Oms was raised locally and graduated from Loma Linda Academy in 1997. She received an Associate's Degree in Nursing from Southwestern Adventist University in 1999. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from Cal State University, San Bernardino in 2003. She obtained her Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Sciences in 2007 from Loma Linda University and has worked in several fields including, Pediatrics, Women's Health, and Family Practice. She completed the OB/GYN Residency Program for PA's from Arrowhead Medical Center in 2009. She returned to Loma Linda University in 2011 as full time faculty and is currently the Didactic Coordinator for the Physician Assistant Program. Her responsibilities include coordination of the didactic year and teaching Physical Diagnosis and Women's Health.

Medical Director- Wessam Labib, MD, MPH

Wessam Labib graduated from the University of Illinois, Chicago, Family Medicine Residency program in 2008, while simultaneously, receiving a Master’s of Public Health in Health Policy and Administration that same year.  In 2009, he completed a Geriatric Medicine Fellowship at UCLA and a Medical Student Education Fellowship from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in 2012. Currently he practices Family/Geriatric Medicine at the Loma Linda University Family Medical Group and is the Director of the Adult Specialty Clinic (ASC) - Memory clinic.  He is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine and School of Nursing. He is also the Geriatric Medicine Rotations Director – Family Medicine Residency.  He is the Director of Medical Student Education – Department of Family Medicine and was appointed the PA program Medical Director in 2016.  He is passionate about education and believes strongly in the value of the multidisciplinary approach to education and to health care.

 

Department Faculty-Wayne Dewri, MPAS, PA-C

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Department Faculty- Anthony Sutton, MSM, PA-C

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Clinical Coordinator- Courtney McConnell, MPA, PA-C

Courtney McConnell received her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Clinical Exercise Science and Minor in Sociology from California State University, Fullerton in 2009. She obtained her Master's degree in Physician Assistant Sciences in 2014 from Loma Linda University and has worked in General Pediatrics since graduation.  She returned to Loma Linda University in 2015 as full time faculty and is currently the Clinical Coordinator for the Physician Assistant Program. Her responsibilities include coordination of the clinical year and lecturing in Preventive Medicine and Genomics in the didactic year. Professor McConnell also coordinates the Inter-Professional Education Workshop during the didactic phase of the program. She plans to pursue her doctorate degree in 2017.

Physician Assistant Staff

Senior Administrative Secretary – Kena Shaddox

Kena Shaddox joined the PA Department in 2010 and has been employed with the University since 1997.  Her primary duty is administrative support for the didactic portion of the program as well as provides overall administrative support to the faculty and staff. Prior to joining the University, Kena worked as a research assistant for 7 years on a double blind study for Colgate Toothpaste that culminated in the introduction of a new product, Colgate Total Toothpaste.

Administrative Secretary- Sandra Bailey

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Project Coordinator- Lillian Luna

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To contact pa@llu.edu with questions about the Physician Assistant program.