Physician Assistant Program - Orlando
Faculty and Staff
David E. Kotun
PA-C, MPAS, Ed.D., DFAAPA
Professor Kotun is the Administrative Director of Clinical Education for the four Physician Assistant Programs. His tasks involve, coordinating the clinical teams, rotations, and computer tracking of clinical year students. Along with that, he manages the student housing throughout the state. He has been in the current position for two years. Prior to that, he was the Clinical Director for the Orlando Physician Assistant program and one of the original faculty members. His prior position was as a faculty member at the University of South Florida College of Medicine for six years, teaching physician assistant, medical, nurse practitioner, and clinical pharmacy students in the classroom and the family medicine clinic. This was his first job on retirement from the U.S.A.F. at Mac Dill A.F.B., Fl. in February of 2000.
His Air Force career lasted twenty-seven years, beginning as a laboratory technician and a laboratory instructor at March A.F.B. in Riverside, California. From there, he went to the U.S.N. Nuclear Medicine School at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland and served at David Grant U.S.A.F. Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas until 1983 when he was accepted into the U.S.A.F. Physician Assistant program at Sheppard A.F.B. in Wichita Falls, Texas. After his first duty assignment at Tyndall A.F.B. in Panama City, Florida, Professor Kotun and his family were sent overseas to England and Germany where he did family medicine at R.A.F. Bentwaters, United Kingdom, then to Sembach A.B. and Ramstein A.B. Germany. He was a medical readiness instructor and evaluator as well as a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (N.A.T.O.) medical readiness inspector. He returned to Florida in 1998.
Professor Kotun graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine with a Bachelors Degree as a Physician Assistant in 1985, then from the University of Nebraska with a Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 1999. He is currently finished with course work and is writing his dissertation for a Doctorate in Education from the University of South Florida. Prior education is Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology from George Washington University in 1981 and he still holds an American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.) nuclear medicine certification. He has an Associate of Science in Laboratory Technology from the Community College of the Air Force awarded in 1982.
He has been on the Board of Directors for the Florida Academy for the last year as the East Central Florida Regional Director. This is his second time on the Board of Directors. He has been a member of the Conference Planning Committee since 1999. He was also the Tampa, Florida area representative for the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants from 2001 through 2006. He is a Fellow Member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and a member of the AAPA Veteran's Caucus.
His office is located in Orlando and he resides in Kissimmee, Florida.