PA Spotlight – Michael Doll, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, FAPACVS

PA Spotlight – Michael Doll, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, FAPACVS

This year, in celebration of our PA professions 50th anniversary, Certified Medical Educators would like to honor 50 exceptional PAs for their professional accomplishments, passion, and dedication. It is with great excitement that we spotlight Michael Doll, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, FAPACVS



Mr. Doll is currently a Physician Assistant of Adult and Pediatric Cardio-thoracic Surgery at Geisinger Medical Center, where he has been for 16 years. He also dedicates his time to clinical education of PA students and is a Clinical Assistant Professor at George Washington University Physician Assistant Program. Mr. Doll also continues to advocate and serve for the PA profession and has assisted in several professional projects and has been published countless times regarding cardio-thoracic health and patient care. Mr. Doll has been appointed as a Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA, Fellow of Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery and an Honorary Member of the Association of Cardio-thoracic Surgical Assistants – United Kingdom.



Birthplace: Bellefonte, PA

PA Program graduated from: George Washington University

Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Mentors who had an influence on you: “My mother, who actually introduced me to the PA profession when I was still an undergraduate student. Previously I had been pursuing a career as a Physical Therapist, but after some clinical experience I found myself wanting more. It was my mother, who did all the work and research and presented this career path for me”

Interesting fact: “I was a walk-on for track and cross country runner at the University of Pittsburgh”

PA Interview Questions:

What are you most proud of from you career: “A moment early on in my career as a PA, I was doing a procedure in a patient with terminal cancer, and afterwords she continued to live long enough to hold her grandson. I am very proud of the impact we have can have on patient’s lives and the interactions we have as provider’s with them and their families”

What advice would you give current PA students: “Always do what is best for your patient and their family. If you focus on just that, everything else will manage to fall into place”

What book would you recommend every PA student should read: House of God – Samuel Shem 

Where do you see our PA profession in another 50 years: “In the next 50, or even in the next 10, I hope that we are a self-guided, self-governed profession that continues to take care of patients in every area of medicine”

Certified Medical Educators salutes Mr. Doll for being an incredible leader, teacher, and PA.

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