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Faculty and Staff

PA Faculty Experience

The faculty and staff of the Creighton University PA program hail from diverse clinical backgrounds and are committed to the student academic experience.

Their commitment to the profession is demonstrated by their leadership in PA professional organizations at the state and national levels.


Program Director: Stephane P. VanderMeulen, MPAS, PA-C

• Clinical Specialties: Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Family Medicine

• Member, PAEA President’s Commission

• Member, Government & Legislative Committee, Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants

• Past President, Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), 2014-2016

• PAEA Board of Directors, 2010-2016

• Chair, PAEA Awards Committee, 2008-2009


Director of Curriculum: Patty J. Scholting, MPAS, MPH, PA-C

  • Clinical Specialty: Internal Medicine
  • Past President, Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants (NAPA), 2010-2012
  • Member, PAEA Exam Development Board
  • Executive Board, Nebraska Coalition for Patient Safety, 2006-2015
  • PAEA Government Relations and External Affairs Committee, 2011-2015
  • Item Writer for Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam, NCCPA, 2009-2015
  • NAPA Board of Directors, 2006-2012


Chief Academic Director: Erin J. Hoffman, MPAS, PA-C

  • Clinical Specialty: Pediatrics
  • Member, Finance Steering Committee, Physician Assistant Education Association
  • Past President, Society for PAs in Pediatrics (SPAP) 2011-2013
  • House of Delegates Representative, Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants (NAPA) 2016-2018
  • Chair, NAPA Investment Committee
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics


Chief Clinical Director: Cody A. Sasek, PhD, PA-C

  • Clinical Specialties: Emergency Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
  • Graduate Advisor to the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) 2014-2018
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Journal of Orthopedics for Physician Assistants
  • Peer Reviewer, Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Board of Directors, Nebraska Coalition for Patient Safety, 2014-2016
  • AAPA Task Force on Accreditation of Postgraduate Training Programs, 2015-2016
  • Member, Faculty Development Mission Advancement Commission, Physician Assistant Education Association


Academic Director: Darwin Brown, MPH, PA-C

  • Clinical Specialty:  General Internal Medicine
  • Past President, Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants, 1993-1995
  • Board member, Nebraska Coalition for Patient Safety, 2005 – 2015
  • Conference Council, Physician Assistant Education Association, 2013-2017
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the PA, site visitor 2006 – present
  • Professional Practice Council, American Academy of Physician Assistants, 1995-2001
  • Chair, Conference Education Committee, American Academy of Physician Assistants, 2002 - 2006
  • Commissioner, Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the PA, 2019-2021


Medical Director: William G. Gossman MD FAAEM

  • Clinical Specialty: Emergency Medicine
  • Chairman Department of Emergency Medicine, Creighton University School of Medicine 2015 - Present
  • Peer Reviewer: Academic Emergency Medicine, BMJ Case Report Journal
  • Director, Oral Board Review Course, American Academy of Emergency Medicine, 2010 – Present
  • Managing Editor StatPearls, 2015 – Present


Academic Director: Rachel E. Cushing, MPAS

  • Clinical Specialty: Infectious Diseases
  • Member PAEA
  • Member NAPA, Continuing Education Committee 2020-present
  • Member CHI Advanced Practice Provider Council, Chair of Continuing Education Committee 2018-present


Program Manager/Admissions Specialist: Geri M. Horton, BA

  • Ten years in Physician Assistant education
  • Creighton University Wellness Council member 2018-Current



Administrative Assistant III: Sadie A. Bohnenkamp, BA



Clinical Coordinator:  Donna Czarnecki, BS



Academic Success Counselor: Alynne Wize, MSEd


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