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St. Bonaventure University has hired Dr. Keith Young to build a graduate program in physician assistant studies. He begins work June 1.
Young is a clinical associate professor of physician assistant studies at Clarkson University. He also serves as chair and program director of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.
“Dr. Young’s appointment to this critical role is the first step in our plans to add a graduate practitioner degree to our growing portfolio of undergraduate programs in our School of Health Professions,” said Dr. Joseph Zimmer, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
“To be able to recruit a program director of the quality of Dr. Young will help us achieve our goal of creating and sustaining high quality physician assistant programming,” Zimmer said.
St. Bonaventure established a School of Health Professions in the fall of 2016, hired Dr. Doug Pisano in June of 2017 as dean of the school, and now offers two undergraduate majors: health science and public health.
St. Bonaventure is also recruiting directors to build programs in nursing and occupational therapy.
Young is a member of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
“Dr. Young is a perfect match for our school,” said Pisano. “He is an expert in PA program development, a seasoned educator, and has a keen sense of our Franciscan ideals that we want our graduate health professionals to bring to their practices.”
Before coming to Clarkson, Young was an adjunct instructor and acting assistant clinical coordinator in the physician assistant program at Le Moyne College and an instructor in the respiratory care programs at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, Mohawk Valley Community College and Onondaga Community College.
He has also worked as a physician assistant in family practice and in emergency medicine, and as a neonatal respiratory care specialist, respiratory therapist, home care consultant and paramedic.
Young received his associate’s degree in applied science in respiratory therapy from SUNY Upstate Medical Center, his bachelor of science in health professional education from SUNY Empire State College, his associate’s in applied science and his physician assistant certificate from Essex Community College, his master of physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and his doctor of health science at A.T. Still University.
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