Physician Assistant program faculty and staff

Faculty and Staff

Pangela Dawson

Pangela H. Dawson, Ph.D., PA-C

Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean, Founding Program Director

Dr. Pangela Dawson joined Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in August of 2017 as the Founding Program Director for the Physician Assistant Program in the department of Family Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Education Policy Studies and Evaluation in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky. Her dissertation focused on utilizing community-based educational and health-promotion strategies to assist domestic violence survivors in marginalized communities. During this time, she also completed a certificate of study in Gender and Women’s Studies. Her academic training includes a bachelor of arts from Oberlin College and a master of science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Dawson began her academic career at the University of Kentucky in the department of Physician Assistant Studies, where she served as director of Clinical Education. Her role included overseeing 300 regional, national and international clinical sites and over 700 rotation experiences for students during the clinical year. Dr. Dawson later received academic appointments at the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) School of Osteopathic Medicine as the director of the Physician Assistant and Master of Biomedical Sciences programs. She also served as Clinical Coordinator at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA). In this role, she worked to collaborate with community affiliations across south Texas and throughout the San Antonio metropolitan area.

As a practicing physician assistant, Dr. Dawson specialized in orthopedic pediatrics and chronic pain management and rehabilitation. Her current research interests include identifying early indicators for student success and enhancing cultural proficiencies in medical education. 

 

Ijeoma Amobi

Ijeoma Amobi, DMSc, PA-C

Instructor, Assistant Clinical Director

Dr. Ijeoma Amobi has been a practicing Physician Assistant (PA) since 2015. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Temple University in 2011. She also received a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Wagner College in 2015 and a Doctorate in Medical Science from University of Lynchburg in 2019.   

Dr Amobi has worked in many specialties and medical services including emergency medicine, trauma, observation units, urgent care, and the intensive care unit (ICU). Dr Amobi worked on the front lines as an emergency medicine and ICU PA during the COVID-19 pandemic in New York, Texas and Maryland.  

Dr Amobi is also actively involved in academics and PA education. She served as the Assistant Director of Medical Education for Physician Assistant Students at the University of Maryland Prince George Hospital from 2017 to 2020. Throughout her clinical years, she also served as a preceptor to many PA students. Today she is currently serving as the Assistant Clinical Director of the Morehouse School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program, Principal Faculty, Co-director of fundamental courses offered in the didactic phase of the PA curriculum, HRSA PALS grant affiliate and is an active member on many MSM PA committees.  

Dr Amobi is licensed to practice medicine in several states and is board certified by National Commission on Certification of Physician (NCCPA)

Donny Ard
 

Donny Ard, Ph.D., MHA, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Associate and Academic Director

Dr. Donny Ard joined Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in May of 2020 as the Associate and Academic Director for the Physician Assistant Program in the Department of Family Medicine.  He received is Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration on Community Health Education and Promotion from Walden University.  His dissertation focused on the understanding impact a family of history of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus had on positive behavior changes in the African American community.  His academic training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Oakwood University (College), and master’s in health administration from University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant studies from Touro College in Bay Shore, NY.

After graduating from PA School, Dr. Ard always knew he would give back to the profession by lending his time in educating others who were in PA school.  Dr. Ard began as a guest lecturer and adjunct faculty with Anne Arundel Community College/University of Maryland Collaborative PA Program.  With a desire to do more and have a larger impact on the student’s educational experience, he became a Senior Lecturer for the school in 2017 and served as a council member on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  Shortly after Dr. Ard took a leadership role with Howard University during the rebuilding phase of their PA Program.   

Dr. Ard has been a practicing Physician Assistant for 16 years.  All of his years of practice have been in General Surgery and several Surgical Subspecialties such as Vascular, Thoracic, and Gynecological Surgery.  Dr. Ard’s current research interest is in community health promotion along with diversity and inclusion within the medical profession. 

Ebony Blackmon

Ebony Blackmon, MSPAS, PA-C

Instructor, Adjunct Faculty

Ms Blackmon is a native of the Louisville, Kentucky.  She earned Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with a minor in Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky in 2009. While in undergrad, she joined Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Prior to starting PA school, she worked as a medical lab technician and earned her EMT certification. She earned her Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Kentucky in 2013. During her matriculation, she served as a College of Health Sciences Ambassador.

Ms. Blackmon has been serving some of the most vulnerable patients as an Emergency Medicine PA at Grady Memorial Hospital since 2014. She has also volunteered to precept NP and PA students. 

Ms. Blackmon joined the Morehouse PA program as adjunct faculty in July 2019. She also serves a student advisor. 

She is licensed by the State of Georgia and certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. 

 



Sheena Brown

Sheena Brown, Ph.D., MSCR

Associate Professor, Director of Curriculum Innovation and Evaluation

Sheena D. Brown, PhD, MSCR joined the MSM PA faculty in February 2020. She currently serves as the Director of Curriculum Innovation and Evaluation and brings more than six years of experience in PA education.


Dr. Brown received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Systems Pharmacology and Master of Science in Clinical Research from Emory University. She is also a proud graduate of Spelman College where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has over 15 years of translational and clinical research experience in the areas of pediatric asthma, health disparities, and alcohol–induced lung injury.  Dr. Brown has taught Concepts in Medical Science, Biostatistics, Evidence Based Medicine, and Capstone. She also served as the principal investigator and project director of a HRSA-funded Primary Care Training and Enhancement Grant.
 The primary goal of this funding is to increase the number of public health trained PAs providing evidence-based primary medical care to Georgia’s rural and medically underserved communities and increase student diversity through recruitment of persons from rural and/or medically underserved communities, underrepresented minorities (URMs), and veterans. 

 Her current research focuses on diversity in physician assistant education, the effects of neighborhood air quality and access to healthy food on health outcomes in underserved populations, the link between nutrition and asthma-related health outcomes and community-level approaches to eliminating health disparities. She has also authored or co-authored more than 30 scholarly articles and abstracts. 

Currently, Dr. Brown is an active member of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA), American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), where she serves as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Mission Advancement Commission. 

Stephanie Banks, MPH

Stephanie Banks, MPH

Instructor, Director of Community Engagement

Ms. Banks is Public Health Practitioner with a breadth of experience providing leadership in academia; instructing, as well as managing, implementing and evaluating various programs and activities in response to the health, well-being, and education of the indigent and the underserved community at large. Specifically, in the areas of health workforce training and development, service learning, and community resource development.

She is excited to be back in PA education, particularly, as a team member of the Physician Assistant Studies at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Roselle M. Caruth, M.Ed

Roselle M. Caruth, M.Ed

PALS HRSA Grant Program Manager

Roselle Caruth joined Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in July of 2019 as the curriculum manager for the Physician Assistant Program in the department of Family Medicine. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business management and a Master of Education in higher education leadership.

Roselle has always been an advocate for underserved communities. She has a deep passion for student development, education, and learning and supports MSM’s mission to increase the diversity of the health professional and scientific workforce. She is excited to be a part of the PA program at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Keisha Chandler, MPA

Keisha Chandler, MPA

Clinical Curriculum Manager

Keisha Chandler joined Morehouse School of Medicine’s (MSM) Physician Assistant Program in December of 2019. Prior to joining the Physician Assistant Program, she served for three years as the Clerkship Program Manager in MSM’s Department of Surgery.

Her interest in medical education began several years ago as the Program Coordinator for the Aspiring Docs initiative within AAMC. In that role; she provided resources, outreach and advisement to students interested in applying to medical school.

Ms. Chandler received her Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany and her Master of Public Administration from Troy University. She is committed to delivering impactful programs and initiatives to support the success of all learners.

Mieshia Baker Dunn, MBA

Mieshia Baker Dunn, MBA

Program Manager

Mieshia Baker Dunn joined Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in December 2017 as the program manager for the Office of Physician Assistant Studies. She received her bachelor of art degree from Clark Atlanta University and her master of business administration from Keller Graduate school.

Ms. Baker Dunn’s passion for education and helping others began in the role of academic advisement and quickly developed into other areas, including admissions advisor, assistant director of admissions and adjunct faculty. Ms. Baker Dunn is an advocate of education and understands the importance of providing a diverse and enriched learning environment for the 21st century learner of today.

Ms. Baker Dunn is a community advocate and supports MSM's vision of improving health and well-being in surrounding communities. She has developed and supported several community health projects, which include screening for high blood pressure, diabetes prevention, and HIV testing. She currently serves on the Board of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.-Mecca Chapter, which allows her an opportunity to focus on initiatives in the areas of health and education.

Diane Griggs

Diane Griggs, NP-C

Instructor, Principal Faculty

Diane Dennis Griggs is one of the newest professors at Morehouse School of Medicine's, Physician Assistant Program.  As a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, where she parlayed her education and infused it with a degree in nursing.  Diane later pursued and obtained her Master of Science from Georgia State University. 

In achieving her Master's, she obtained certification as a Nurse Practitioner.  She became the first Nurse Practitioner to care for patients in the critical care department at Grady Memorial Hospital. Diane maintained and continuously sharpened her skills by teaching and training physicians, residents, medical and nurse practitioner students at Morehouse School of Medicine and Grady Hospital Surgical Care Unit. 

The ambition to evolve now places her in the role of training the next generation of healthcare providers. 

 

Charlene Justin

Charlene Justin, MMSc, PA-C, OT

Instructor, Principal Faculty 

Charlene Justin has been a health care practitioner since 2003 when she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy from Florida International University. She worked in a variety of specialties ranging from pediatrics to upper extremity rehabilitation prior to attending Stanford University Primary Care Associate Program and graduating in 2013.

As a PA, Ms. Justin has worked in several surgical subspecialties as well as family medicine and urgent care. Her past experience in academia includes serving as a faculty member at Yale Physician Associate Program.

Her primary academic interests include simulation, medical interviewing, and the translation of these skills into the clinical curriculum. One of her fundamental goals is the promotion of academic excellence through student mentorship and was thus the recipient of the Jack Cole Society Award at Yale.

She enjoys collaborating on projects and presentations that enhance the profession and has presented at a variety of conferences. Her research interests include the formation of professional self-identify amongst underrepresented groups, sense of belonging in PA education and enhancing the PA curriculum through medical simulation.

Ms. Justin currently serves on several committees at Morehouse School of Medicine in conjunction with being an active member on several external committees related to medical education. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and has been licensed in several states.

Debra Nickell

Debra Nickell, Ph.D, MBA, PA-C

Interim Clinical Director

Mieshia Baker Dunn joined Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in December 2017 as the program manager for the Office of Physician Assistant Studies. She received her bachelor of art degree from Clark Atlanta University and her master of business administration from Keller Graduate school.

Ms. Baker Dunn’s passion for education and helping others began in the role of academic advisement and quickly developed into other areas, including admissions advisor, assistant director of admissions and adjunct faculty. Ms. Baker Dunn is an advocate of education and understands the importance of providing a diverse and enriched learning environment for the 21st century learner of today.

 

Folashade Omole, M.D., FAAFP

Folashade Omole, M.D., FAAFP

Professor, Medical Director

Dr. Omole is a professor and the Sarah and William Hambrecht Chair of the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) department of Family Medicine. She received her degree in physics from the University of Lagos, and her medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, lle-lfe, Nigeria. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and a licensed medical acupuncturist. Dr. Omole is an educator to the core, she served as the clerkship director, as well as the residency program director, and was instrumental in expanding the class size from 5-5-5 to 6-6-6-6. She has been a PI and Co-PI on several projects and grants, and has authored and co-authored several manuscripts, with her recent collaboration resulting in the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Clinical Practice Guidelines for Allergic Rhinitis, as well as for Tinnitus. She is the faculty advisor and medical director of the MSM Health Equity for All Lives (HEAL) student-run free clinic, and also serves as the director of Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Omole is an active Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) member and served as the treasurer and Chair of Finance. She is a recipient of several awards, including being an inductee into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, GAFP Educator of the Year, Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine recipient, GAFP Physician of the Year, and recently, the MSM President and Dean's Service award.

Dr. Omole’s research interests are chronic disease management (diabetes), data-driven patient health outcomes, acupuncture, and aging, especially sex in the elderly.

Corey Smith

Corey Smith, MBA

Program Coordinator

Corey Smith is originally from Palo Alto, California, home of Silicon Valley where he was reared and educated. He completed his undergraduate studies in International Marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University and attended Strayer University for his graduate studies in Project Management. He joined Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in March of 2019 as the Program Coordinator for the Physician Assistant Studies Program in the department of Family Medicine.

His academic career began as an elementary and middle school teacher within the Tangipahoa Parish School System. During his academic career he has taught music and performing arts and has been involved with curriculum design and implementation for the Hammond Magnet School and International Baccalaureate School. His teaching philosophy was very simple, “students do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care.” He has served on numerous advisory boards, including the Hammond District 3 Council, and on several community committees, and other academic organizations.

He entered higher education serving as the Minority Recruiter for his alma mater, Southeastern Louisiana University. He has served as Senior Admissions Representative for Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Atlanta and as the Assistant Director of Admissions for The Art Institutes of Atlanta, Georgia and Dallas, Texas.

He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated where he has served in several leadership capacities. He is currently on the board of directors of two nonprofit organizations and has additional duties as secretary and financial officer. He also consults non-profit and religious organizations and is currently working on a fiction novel.

Tyra Willingham

Tyra Willingham, MPH

Curriculum Manager

Tyra Willingham joined Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in December 2018. She serves as the Curriculum Manager for the Physician Assistant Studies Program . Tyra received her bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Texas Southern University and a master’s in Public Heath from Lamar University. She currently enjoys spending time with her family and exploring innovative ways to live a healthier lifestyle. She has a true passion for helping people and continues to use her skills and experience to make a difference in the community.