David Paulk, EdD, PA-C, DFAAPA
Program Director, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)
David Paulk comes well equipped to lead the new Physician Assistant Program. In addition to his many years as a practicing clinician he has served as clinical coordinator in the Rutgers University/University of Medicine and Dentistry PA Program, academic coordinator in the Arcadia University PA Program, and as the founding director of Ohio Dominican University’s PA Program.
Paulk is widely published in the field of child maltreatment and sought out nationally and internationally as a speaker on this subject. Because of his work in this area, the National Exchange Club recently honored him at both their national and Georgia state conferences. He has also received Arcadia University’s Vitetta Professorship for his work and research in child maltreatment prevention and intervention. Paulk has also co-authored the Physician Assistant Review Guide, currently under revision for a 2nd edition, published by Jones and Bartlett, and is a contributor to the seventh edition of The Resident’s Guide to Primary Care.
In addition to being active in the Assessment Council of the Physician Assistant Education Association he has been asked to serve on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention Panel of Experts seeking consensus guidelines for the acute diagnosis and management of mild traumatic brain injury in children and adolescents. Paulk is the only PA selected as one of its experts.
Paulk spent a number of years as a paramedic before attending PA school at Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia. He holds a master’s degree in health education from West Virginia University and a doctorate in education from Rutgers University. He is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Thomas A. Massaro, MD, PhD
Medical Director, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)
Thomas A. Massaro is the Harrison Foundation Professor of Medicine and Law, Emeritus at the University of Virginia. At UVA, Dr. Massaro held appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences in the School of Medicine, in the School of Law and in the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. He also held several senior administrative positions including Chief of Staff of the Health System and Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs from 1997 to 2002, and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education from 2001 to 2006. He was formerly division chief of the Pediatric Critical Care and the Emergency Medical Transport Services. He has served as an attending physician in the UVA PICU, NICU and SICU. Since 2005 he has been involved in medical education in the developing world, serving as Founding Dean of the new School of Medicine at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, Botswana (2009-2012).
Dr. Massaro received his M.D. from the University of Wisconsin, his business degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and his engineering degrees from MIT, Cornell, and the University of California, Berkeley. His residency and fellowship training were completed at the University of Colorado in Denver. He received board certification in Pediatrics, Neonatology, and Critical Care Medicine.
In addition to clinical teaching, Dr. Massaro has taught courses on Law and Medicine, Children’s Health Care, Health Care Management, Health Policy, Management of Non-profit Organizations, International Health Policy and the Legal Implications of Biomedical Technology.
Dr. Massaro’s early research contributions were in biomedical engineering but recently his focus has been on international health care strategy and reform. He was active in the health insurance reform process in the Czech Republic. He reviewed the medical savings account system in the Republic of Singapore and interprets that approach for the American and other national health systems. He served as a consultant for the New Zealand Ministries of Finance and Health as they introduced business and free market principles into their health care system.
His publications in medical informatics addressing the social and cultural constraints on the introduction of computer technology into the medical setting are well known. His book, The Business of Critical Care, describes the management skills necessary to direct high technology patient care teams in the contemporary environment. He has served on the editorial board of the AAMC journal Academic Medicine. In the past, his research has been supported by grants from the NIH, NSF, The Colorado Heart Association, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Whittaker Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund and a number of private firms.
Sherry Secrest, PA-C
Director of Clinical Education, Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)
Sherry Secrest received her BS degree in statistics from Virginia Tech in 1990 and began her career as an educator working as a process control and industrial engineer and corporate trainer. Her experience as a management consultant in the Carillion Health System included both clinical and administrative project development, data analysis, facilitation, and implementation. She obtained her PA bachelor’s degree from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2006. She then worked for two years in family and internal medicine. In 2011 she obtained a master’s in PA studies from the University of Nebraska and is currently pursuing her PhD in public health and epidemiology from Walden University. Since 2008, Secrest has been practicing in the Veteran’s Administration (VA) Medical System in Salem. She is the women’s health and primary care coordinator and considered a subject matter expert called upon to teach others in the VA system. Her stated core values are “integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all that I do.” Murphy Deming administrators are pleased to welcome Secrest, who possesses a passion for medicine and teaching along with an obvious true commitment to identifying and serving those in need.
We are in the process of hiring additional faculty and staff — we expect a team of more than 30 professionals supporting our programs when at full capacity. Potential faculty members are encouraged to reference our website for current employment searches.