Physician Assistant Program - Jacksonville

Faculty and Staff

Deborah Gerbert, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Deborah GerbertPrior to her starting at NSU in July 2008, she was a member of the Pediatric Intensive Care Team at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. She spent 22 years there caring for critically ill infants and children. Prior to this, she was the first PA in the Pediatric Clinic at University Medical Center (now Shands Hospital) in Jacksonville, FL.

Ms. Gerbert is a 1980 graduate of the University of Oklahoma Physician Associate Program. It was there that she developed a love for the politics of the profession. She served as a national student officer and then went on to many years in AAPA committee service. This was followed by 2 years as a House Officer and 2 years as Speaker of the House of Delegates. In 1994-1995 she was AAPA President. Following her time in Academy board service, she was appointed as the AAPA liaison to the American Medical Association. Most recently, she served on the AAPA Clinical and Scientific Affairs Council. She remains a Florida delegate to the AAPA House of Delegates. In the state of Florida she has held numerous leadership positions. She was President of the FAPA in 1984-1985. She has been on the PA Council to the Board of Medicine for 4 years and has been chair of the council for 2 years.

Ms. Gerbert will be course director for the History Taking and Communication Skills course as well as Introduction to the PA profession course. Because of her extensive experience in pediatrics you can expect to see her in the Physical Diagnosis labs instructing in the exam of children and in pediatric lectures.

She resides in Ponte Vedra Beach with her husband, Jeff, and her daughter, Kim.