Dr. Bridget Calhoun has been named the associate dean for academic affairs and research for the John G. Rangos Sr. School of Health Sciences (RSHS) at Duquesne University, effective July 1.

Currently department chair of the University's Physician Assistant (PA) Studies, Calhoun's new role will focus on advancing the school's new strategic plan and research and scholarship agenda. As associate dean, she will help identify and launch new program offerings and work to enhance the school's interdisciplinary and collaborative research efforts and scholarly endeavors. She will continue to hold her current position.

"We are very pleased to have Bridget take on this new role," said RSHS Dean Dr. Fevzi Akinci. "As demand grows for health care professionals, we must continue to explore educational and research opportunities that attract students and further strengthen our capabilities to deliver a world-class educational experience. Bridget's expertise as an educator and established scholar makes her the perfect choice to lead that charge."

A national leader in PA education, Calhoun has worked as an accreditation consultant for other PA programs throughout the country, and as an expert witness on the practice of physician assistants in medical malpractice cases. A PA since 1992, she has been selected as a facilitator for the faculty workshops offered by the Physician Assistant Education Association. Calhoun's current research focuses on infectious diseases, including AIDS.

Calhoun became the chair of the Department of PA Studies at Duquesne in 2002. She earned a doctoral degree in infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and her master's and bachelor's degrees from St. Francis University.


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July 08, 2019