Physician Assistant Faculty
Department Chair/Program Director – Gerald Glavaz, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C
Gerald (“Jerry”) Glavaz earned his Bachelor of Science from Eastern Illinois University and his Physician Assistant Certificate from Northeastern University in Boston. He completed his Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree at the University of Nebraska, and received his Doctor of Health Sciences degree in 2013. Dr. Glavaz has served as a Clinical Coordinator since joining the department in 2003, overseeing the clinical education phase of the program. He currently is a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association’s Clinical Education Committee. He continues to practice clinically in Occupational Medicine and Orthopedics.
Department Faculty – Yasmin Chene, DHSc, MPA, PA-C
Yasmin Chene earned her Master of Physician Assistant degree from Loma Linda University in 2002. She subsequently completed a fellowship in Rural Medicine in 2003 and soon after accepted a position as the Associate Clinical Coordinator for the LLU PA Program. She completed her doctorate in Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University in 2009. Currently she functions as the PA Sciences Department Co-Chair for Loma Linda University. She also oversees the operations and practices clinically at the SACHS Frazee Clinic, a family practice clinic for the underserved community in San Bernardino, California. Dr. Chene coordinates the following courses for the LLU PA Program: PA Professional Issues, Multicultural Competencies for PAs and Cultural Immersion for PAs. In addition, she also contributes to the didactic and clinical phases of the program in the following courses: Physical Diagnosis, Diagnostic Methods and Clinical Skills. Dr. Chene’s areas of interest include interprofessional education and vulnerable populations.
Program Consultant– David Lopez, EdD, RRT
Associate Program Director – Christy Eskes, DHSc, MPA, PA-C
Christy Eskes holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Physician Assistant degree from Loma Linda University. She completed her Doctor of Health Sciences degree with a concentration in Advanced Physician Assistant Studies from A.T. Still University in 2012. Dr. Eskes joined the department in 2009 as the Didactic Coordinator and has been the Director since 2010. Her clinical experience as a PA has been primarily in the area of Family Medicine, and she continues to practice in a primary care clinic for the underserved community in San Bernardino, CA. Her responsibilities at the program include overseeing the didactic and clinical curriculum, maintaining program accreditation, advising students, teaching and coordinating the Evidence-based Medicine and Capstone sequence, and providing various lectures in Multicultural Competencies and Clinical Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Eskes serves on the Project Access subcommittee for the Physician Assistant Education Association as well as Conference Curriculum Committee subcommittee.Clinical
Medical Director – Benny Hau, MD
Dr. Benny Hau has been the Medical Director for the Physician Assistant program since the inception of the program in 1998. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Yale University and his Medical Degree from Loma Linda University. He is board certified in Family Practice and completed his internship and residency at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Fontana, California. Soon after finishing his residency, he became the Medical Director of the Urgent Care at Loma Linda University. He has also been Medical Director of the Loma Linda University Family Practice residency clinic and Associate Director of the Loma Linda University Family Practice Pre-doctoral program.
In addition to his responsibilities with the Physician Assistant program, Dr. Hau owns several private practice clinics in Southern California where he extensively works with physician assistants. Recently, he has been active in multiple research projects with the Physical Therapy program at Loma Linda University. He also is the lead advisory board member for several of the medical vocational schools in the area. He is also on the Board of Directors for the national non-profit organization, Fathers and Families.
Didactic Coordinator – Frank Sirna, BS, RRT, PA-C
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Associate Didactic Coordinator – Julie Yang, MPH, CHPE, PA-CAfter earning her Bachelor's degree in Biology/Biomedical Sciences in 1994, Julie Yang went on to complete her Physician Assistant Studies from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1997. She also received her Master's degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Education and Promotion from Loma Linda University in 2001. She has served as part-time faculty as an associate didactic coordinator for the Loma Linda PA Program since 2002, and has worked clinically in pediatrics, family medicine, and urgent care. She currently assists in coordinating and teaching in the didactic phase of the program.
Clinical Director – Ghina Katrib, MPA, PA-C
Ghina Katrib received a Bachelor's degree in Respiratory Care/Health Fitness Management Promotion and Education from Columbia Union College in 1994. She obtained a Master's degree in Physician Assistant Sciences in 2003 from Loma Linda University and has worked in several fields including urgent care, orthopedics and dermatology. She returned to Loma Linda University in 2007 as the Associate Didactic Coordinator and currently is the Associate Clinical Coordinator for the Physician Assistant program. Her responsibilities include coordination of the clinical year and teaching Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion and Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation in the didactic year. Professor Katrib also teaches Physical Diagnosis for the Emergency Medical Care Bachelor’s degree program as well as for the Radiology Assistant program.
Associate Didactic Coordinator-Catherine Oms, MPA, PA-C
Catherine Oms was raised locally and graduated from Loma Linda Academy in 1997. She received an Associate's Degree in Nursing from Southwestern Adventist University in 1999. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Kinesiology from Cal State University, San Bernardino in 2003. She obtained her Master's Degree in Physician Assistant Sciences in 2007 from Loma Linda University and has worked in several fields including, Pediatrics, Women's Health, and Family Practice. She completed the OB/GYN Residency Program for PA's from Arrowhead Medical Center in 2009. She returned to Loma Linda University in 2011 as full time faculty and is currently the Associate Didactic Coordinator for the Physician Assistant Program. Her responsibilities include coordination of the didactic year and reaching physical diagnosis and women's health.
Physician Assistant Staff
Administrative Secretary – Kena Shaddox
Kena Shaddox joined the PA Department in 2010 and has been employed with the University since 1997. She provides overall administrative support to the faculty and staff. Prior to joining the University, Kena worked as a research assistant for 7 years on a double blind study for Colgate Toothpaste that culminated in the introduction of a new product, Colgate Total Toothpaste.
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