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Stephanie Storgion, MD, FAAP, FCCM
Department Chair, Medical Director, Professor

Dr. Storgion received her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. She was a Resident and Chief Resident in Pediatrics at Medical College of Ohio and Affiliated Hospitals and completed her Pediatric Critical Care fellowship training in Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Storgion is board-certified Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She joined the faculty of University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in 1987. She currently serves as Medical Director of the Transitional Care Unit, which she developed in 1990. She has participated in many multicenter studies over the years and currently supervises data collection for the Virtual PICU database.

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Kristopher R. Maday, MS, PA-C
Program Director, Associate Professor

Kristopher Maday is an associate professor and current program director for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Physician Assistant Program.  He has been a practicing PA since 2007 and has experience in trauma, surgery, critical care, emergency medicine, and nutritional support.  He has been a full-time academician since 2011 and has won several institutional and national awards for PA education and teaching.  He has authored numerous peer reviewed articles and has presented many times at the national AAPA CME conferences.  He serves nationally for the PAEA End of Rotation Exam Writing Committee and is a current member on the editorial board for the JPAE.  He is a fervent advocate for incorporating social media into higher education, and hosts a podcast and blog for PA students, as well as contributes to the AAPA blog on his signature segment “Professor’s Corner”.

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Joseph WIllmitch, MSPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor

Mr. Joseph G. Willmitch has been a certified Physician Assistant since his graduation in 1978. He has completed two postgraduate programs, one in surgery at Montefiore Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Medicine Hospital in New York City and he completed his Master of Physician Assistant Science (MPAS) with a specialization in Cardiology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He has worked in the field of Cardiothoracic/Vascular surgery from 1981-1991, and in the field of Cardiology from 1991-April 2016 in Miami, Florida. Mr. Willmitch was one of the first Physician Assistants in Miami-Dade County and was instrumental in introducing the concept of PA's there. He helped launch the Southeastern University PA Program (now Nova-Southeastern) and was on their initial Admissions, Advisory and Advancement Committees as well as their initial faculty. He was Chairman of Allied Health at Baptist and South Miami Hospitals from 1993-2010 and a member of a system-wide Council for Advanced Practice for Baptist Health of South Florida. He is a Distinguished Fellow in the AAPA and brings with him almost forty years of experience as a Physician Assistant to the University of Tennessee Physician Assistant Program.

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Paul “PJ” Koltnow, MS, MSPAS, PA-C
Director of Admissions, Assistant Professor

As one who truly appreciates the importance of being a "life-long learner" Mr. Koltnow brings to the program a varied background of health care and academic experience. After obtaining a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Memphis, he began his health care career mainly treating at risk youth with substance abuse issues as well as serving the needs of adult psychiatric patients.

Having a strong interest and desire to pursue further medical training Mr. Koltnow graduated from Bethel College with his MSPAS. He spent 7 years in a private pediatric practice as well as practicing Internal Medicine for two years. 

In addition, Mr. Koltnow has a BA in Journalism from Memphis State University and a BS in Psychology from the University of Memphis. He will finish his Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Technology this summer. 

He has proudly served on the board of the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants. He has also taught as adjunct faculty at the University of Memphis and occasionally will use his Journalism skills writing freelance articles for various local publications. Mr. Koltnow’s research interests include technology and pedagogy, particularly using non-traditional means, to enhance critical clinical decision making skills.

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Demetria Davis, MSPAS, PA-C
Assistant Professor

Ms. Demetria Davis joined the faculty at University Tennessee Health Science Center in 2015. She grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and hopes to encourage the youth in the community here to pursue a career in health care.

Ms. Davis obtained her Bachelor of Science from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. She received her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from Alderson Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia. She is a certified physician assistant that has been in practice since 2004. She has clinical experience in family medicine, pediatrics, as well as pain management.

Ms. Davis has a passion for service and volunteers her time with her church youth group and in Shelby County schools. She is actively involved in local parent advocacy groups to ensure quality education for all children.  She is the proud mother of 3 young men and enjoys yoga, spinning, and Zumba.

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Lekha K. George, MBBS, MD
Associate Professor

Dr. George is currently an Associate Professor at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. She is also a clinical faculty at the division of nephrology at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center. She spearheads the clinical teaching initiatives of Physician Assistant training program of the University. Dr. George is American Board of Internal Medicine certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. She is also a teaching faculty for nephrology fellows, internal medicine residents and medical students of UTHSC College of Medicine. She has authored many peer reviewed articles and book chapters. Her research work had been presented at various national and international conferences including annual sessions of American Society of Nephrology and National Kidney Foundation.

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Leigh Anne Pickup, MMSc, PA-C, DFAAPA
Assistant Director of Clinical Education, Assistant Professor

Mrs. Pickup attended Brevard College as a Basketball Scholarship Athlete and graduated as the Valedictorian in 2001.  She then went to PA school at Emory University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Master’s Degree in 2003.   Her PA career began in General Surgery, but quickly transitioned to Emergency Medicine, where she has been since 2005.  She joined the UTHSC PA Program in April of 2016 as the Nashville Clinical Coordinator and is now the Assistant Director of Clinical Education.

The excellent education of a PA, coupled with the flexibility and teamwork approach to medicine, is what drew Mrs. Pickup to a career as a PA.  She is passionate about encouraging PA students to be lifelong learners, excellent communicators, and constant advocates for their patients.  

Mrs. Pickup has served on the board of the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA), the Fellowship of Christian Physician Assistants (FCPA) and is currently a legal reviewer for the Committee on Physician Assistants (COPA) for the State of Tennessee.  She has served as adjunct clinical faculty in the PA Programs at The Medical University of SC, Lincoln Memorial University and Trevecca Nazarene University. 

In addition to the love of her career, Mrs. Pickup adores spending time with her husband, two boys and two huskies.  She also enjoys camping, gardening and running. 

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Cynthina Starke-Cordero
Administrative Support

Cynthina Starke-Cordero is a part of the Administrative coordination team for the department of Physician Assistant Studies, within the College of Medicine.   A UTHSC employee since March, 2006, Cynthina has contributed in an administrative capacity.  Building proficiency in the navigation of the federal grant process while working within the department of Preventive Medicine, prepared Cyndi for her next role in assisting students during their didactic year of PA school and preparing them for the clinical rotations in year 2.

 

Last Published: Aug 28, 2017