Physician Assistant Program - Jacksonville
Faculty and Staff
Donna Smith, PA-C
Professor Smith graduated from the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program, Lexington Kentucky, in 1983. During her education, she was named "Outstanding Physician Assistant Student". She remained in Kentucky for several years after graduation, focusing her practice as a PA to family medicine in rural Kentucky areas. While in Kentucky, she served twice as a delegate to the national American Academy of Physician Assistants convention. She also held various positions in the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants, including Continuing Medical Education Chairperson.
In 1996, Professor Smith accepted a position as Physician Assistant with Mayo Clinic Jacksonville. During her career at Mayo, she worked in Urologic Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, and Neurosurgery. She enjoyed administrative responsibilities including serving as supervisor for many of the surgical PA's, Mayo committee work, and research. She was instrumental in developing a vestibular disorders clinic within the department of Otorhinolaryngology-Head and neck Surgery, and through that evaluated patients with neurotologic problems. Clinical responsibilities at Mayo also included maintaining her own patient calendar, surgical first assisting, pre and post op care, hospital rounds and first call.
She received academic rank of "Instructor Mayo Medical School" for Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Professor Smith has served as a preceptor for Physician Assistant students, medical students and residents throughout her career.
Professor Smith joined the Faculty of Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Program, Jacksonville campus, as Assistant Professor, in July 2009. After quite a few years as a clinician, she has become passionate about teaching. Her hope is to educate and inspire PA students by using her years of acquired knowledge and experience. (And perhaps a few interesting stories to tell….from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, to the prestigious Mayo Clinic...) She clearly recalls the impact her past professors had on her education, her career, and ultimately her life. Hard work with great rewards, on the part of the student and the professor. Professor Smith is delighted to be a part of the NSU team!
In her free time, she enjoys life living at the beach with her family.