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Physician Assistant Program

Houston, Texas

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Faculty & Staff Listing

Carl Fasser, PA
Program Director

Carl Fasser, PA-CMr. Fasser served as a medical corpsman in the Air Force and worked as a dialysis technician before becoming a student in the Physician Associate Program at Duke University Medical Center where he graduated with honors. His long career in PA education began shortly following graduation when he assumed the position of academic coordinator for the Duke PA Program and faculty member in the Department of Community Health Sciences, while practicing as a PA in the Faculty Health Clinic. In 1971, he was recruited to Houston to establish Baylor's Physician Assistant Program. Prior to rejoining the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in August 2002, Carl served as founding dean of the School of Health Sciences, and chairman of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston.

He brings a unique perspective on PA education and practice that includes being a founding member of both the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Texas Academy of Physician Assistants, and having served as president of the AAPA, TAPA, and the Association of Physician Assistant Programs. Over the period of three decades, he has received numerous awards recognizing his contributions to PA education and the profession, and has published extensively on various aspects of PA practice.

His academic interests encompass student instruction, interdisciplinary education, and health services research. His favorite academic subjects continue to be gross anatomy, problem solving in medicine, evidence-based medicine, issues in aging, professional role responsibilities, and public health. From a curriculum design standpoint, his interests center on team training in geriatrics, primary care genetics education, and faculty development. The focus of his research is on factors affecting the consultation and referral practices of primary care providers.

Stephanie DeSandro, MS, PA-C
Academic Faculty

Mrs. DeSandro joined the Baylor faculty in July 2008. She graduated cum laude from Texas Tech University in 1995 with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and then moved to California where she worked in Alzheimer Disease research for 5 years. She received her Master's of Science degree as a physician assistant in 2002 from Baylor College of Medicine.

Prior to becoming faculty, she practiced full time in Emergency Medicine at Houston’s Lyndon B. Johnson community hospital as a physician assistant and the assistant director to the emergency medicine midlevels. While still practicing in emergency medicine, her academic role here at Baylor includes coordinating and instructing the Physical Diagnosis and Pediatric courses, coordinating the clinical pediatric rotations, and advising students.

Mrs. DeSandro's medical interests are in the fields of Adult and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Katherine Erdman, MPAS, PA-C
Assistant Director

Kathy Erdman, MPAS, PA-C

Ms. Erdman joined the faculty in April of 2001. She graduated with high honors from the University of Texas Medical Branch Physician Assistant Program in 1995, and earned her Master’s degree with a specialization in Internal Medicine from the University of Nebraska in 2002. She began her PA career in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine, and for the past several years she has practiced Emergency Medicine at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital. In addition to her full-time responsibilities at Baylor as Assistant Director of the PA Program, Ms. Erdman also serves as the Academic Coordinator, Director of the Clinical Medicine course, and Coordinator of the Internal Medicine Outpatient clinical rotation. She was named the Texas Academy of Physician Assistant "Physician Assistant Educator of the Year" for 2005.

In the course of her clinical work in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Emergency Medicine, Ms. Erdman has served as clinical preceptor for many students from the Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas Medical Branch PA Programs. Prior to her entry into the PA profession, Ms. Erdman earned a degree from the Art Institute of Houston in Graphic Design and subsequently worked as a medical illustrator, as an art teacher for grade school, junior high, and high school students, as a graphic artist and illustrator for the Houston Post, and as a freelance artist.

Ms. Erdmans' medical interests include rheumatology, sports medicine, the role of inflammation in various medical illnesses, and the psychological/psychiatric effect of chronic illness.

Elizabeth Elliott, MS, PA-C
Academic Faculty

Mrs. Elliott joined the faculty in February 2011. She graduated from the University of Texas in 2000 with a degree in Spanish Civilization and worked as a paramedic in Austin for several years prior to receiving her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Baylor College of Medicine in 2006. Since graduation, she has worked in pediatric critical care at Texas Children’s Hospital, where she served as a clinical preceptor and had didactic teaching responsibilities for the Baylor PA students. Her faculty responsibilities include coordinating the Pediatrics module during the didactic curriculum, as well as the clinical rotations in Pediatrics.

Her medical interests include well-child care, child development, child safety, and effective communication between children, families, and healthcare providers.

Elissa Love, MHS, PA-C
Academic Faculty

Ms. Love received her Master's degree as a physician assistant in 1996 at Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to her return to Baylor, she practiced in a general internal medicine clinic in Katy, Texas for over eight years. During this time, she also served as a clinical preceptor for Baylor PA students. Ms. Love joined the faculty in September 2005 as an instructor in the Physician Assistant Program and clinician at the Baylor Family Medicine clinic. Ms. Love’s academic responsibilities include didactic instruction and advising, as well as coordinating the Community Medicine practicum during the clinical year.

Her special interests include: women's and children's health issues, preventive care, and effective caregiver/patient communication.

Wendi Stewart, MS, PA-C
Academic Faculty

Mrs. Stewart received her Master’s degree as a physician assistant in 1996 from Baylor College of Medicine. She joined the faculty as a full time instructor in July 2008. Prior to joining the faculty of the PA Program, Mrs. Stewart practiced in the discipline of orthopedic surgery for 13 years and taught the orthopedic module within the Clinical Medicine course of the BCM PA Program for the past seven. Mrs. Stewart's academic responsibilities include didactic instruction in Problem Solving in Medicine, student advising, as well as coordinating and supervising the Surgery and Emergency Medicine rotations during the clinical year of the curriculum. Mrs. Stewart's medical interests are in the field of surgery and clinical orthopedics.

Vicki Waters, MS, PA-C
Assistant Director for Experiential Learning

Vicki Waters, MS, PA-CMs. Waters joined the faculty full-time in May of 2000 after serving as a preceptor, adjunct lecturer, and student society advisor since 1997. She is a graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program. She practiced in emergency medicine at Lyndon Baines Johnson Hospital in Houston prior to her faculty appointment.

Ms. Waters is interested in organizational, health policy and leadership issues. A former Student Academy board member, she currently serves on the AAPA Leadership Advisory Commission and the Physician Assistant Foundation's Programs Committee.

Jeannette Adams, B.B.A.
Executive Assistant

Jeannette AdamsJeannette Adams is executive assistant to the Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences. In this role, she coordinates the Allied Health Education Executive, Allied Health Curriculum, Allied Health Student Promotions, and Allied Health Faculty Appointments and Promotions Committees. She monitors the School’s budgets and completes necessary SAP entries for monetary transactions. Ms. Adams serves as liaison between the Nurse Anesthesia and Physician Assistant Program faculty, staff, and students.

Yvonne Baier, B.B.A.
Senior Administrative Coordinator

Yvonne Baier, B.B.A.Yvonne Baier has been with the PA Program since 1998. She started at BCM in 1988, working in the Office of Student Affairs with PA students. She works closely with the PA students during their first year of the program and schedules the didactic lectures and workshops.

Susanne Denk, B.S.
Senior Administrative Assistant

Susanne Denk joined us in December 2010, after having worked at the GI section at BCM for three years. She serves as the senior administrative assistant for the School of Allied Health Sciences. Ms. Denk assists with SAP financial transactions by completing purchase orders, check and cash requests, and travel reimbursements. She also assists with special projects, such as the Master's Paper project, and maintenance of the website.

Patricia Kelley, B.A.
Lead Project Coordinator

Patricia Kelly, B.A.Patricia "Pat" Kelley has been an employee of Baylor College of Medicine since 1990. She came to the Physician Assistant Program with eight years experience working with resident physicians and post-doctoral fellows. Pat works with the clinical PA faculty coordinating the clinical phase of the PA student training. This involves communication with private community physicians across the state of Texas, as well as with providers, clinics and hospitals in greater Houston and in the Texas Medical Center.

Diana Romero
Administrative Coordinator II

Diana RomeroDiana Romero provides administrative support for the faculty and staff of the School of Allied Health Sciences and the Physician Assistant Program. She performs a variety of duties that include answering the office phone lines, monitoring office supply inventory, preparing reports and correspondences for faculty members, and completing data entry for accreditation purposes.

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