Michael Whitehead, DHSc, RPA-C, DFAAPA
Chair and Clinical Associate Professor
Dr. Whitehead is a native of Adams, NY. He has been a graduate PA for 30 years. He received his PA training in the US Army, having proudly served for 20 years including tours and duty in Europe, the Middle East, Somalia, and Haiti. His undergraduate degrees are from Creighton University and Chaminade University of Honolulu. His Master’s degree is from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and he earned his doctorate degree from Nova Southeastern University.
His academic experience includes precepting PA students before becoming a full time faculty member of Wingate University’s PA program. He also is an adjunct instructor for The Arizona School of Health Sciences’ Doctor of Health Science program. In addition, he has had a number of articles published in peer-reviewed PA journals.
His clinical background is in primary care, having worked in the civilian sector as well as the military. His teaching interests include Dermatology, GI, Orthopedics, and medical ethics. He and his family live in Potsdam with 2 golden retrievers.
Dr. Whitehead’s teaching philosophy centers on the learner. The faculty cannot force a student to learn. We can only provide the tools to facilitate that learning. What a student gains from their PA training is most often a function of the effort they give. It is also paramount that all PA students understand that their education is just beginning and will continue every day as a graduate PA.