2019 Summer Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Sharon Kelley, MS, PhD

Dr. Sharon Kelley serves as CEO for a number of corporations including the Associates in Emergency Medical Education and Alliance for Global Narcotics Training.  She also oversees related corporations in sports and military medicine. While completing her Bachelors in Pre-Medical Sciences, she served as a Tampa police officer which afforded her firsthand experience in recognition of street and prescription drug abuse.  She received her Master’s Degree in Drug Chemistry from the University of Florida and went onto obtain her PhD in Toxicology. She is an affiliate faculty member with the University of Florida Clinical Toxicology Program as well as with the University of South Florida College of Medicine.  She serves as a narcotics consultant for the Florida Attorney General, DEA, Department of Health, Veterans Treatment Court and numerous legal entities. She lectures nationally and internationally to medical, legal and corporate entities, including military and sports organizations, with respect to enhanced recognition and medical / legal management of licit and illicit drug abuse.

General Session Speakers

Hany Atallah, MD

Hany Y. Atallah, MD, is the Chief and Medical Director for Emergency Medicine of the Grady Health System. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine.  His primary responsibility is for clinical service performance in the ED at Grady — inclusive of clinical outcomes, physician performance and professionalism.  He has recently completed overseeing the $75 million renovation of the Grady Emergency Department.

Hany holds degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and a medical degree from New York Medical College.  He is a member of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the American Association of Physician Leadership, and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Hany has received several awards for his role as an educator and an advocate of medical students, emergency medicine residents as well as residents from other services.  In addition, he has extensive emergency department operational experience and has been awarded the GAPA Physician of the Year in 2013, Georgia College of Emergency Physicians Medical Director of the Year in 2014, and was a finalist for the prestigious international Franz Edelman Award for Excellence in Operations Research

He resides in Marietta with his wife, Dr. Louise Chang, and their 2 children

Jennifer Carlquist, PA-C

Jennifer works full time in an interventional cardiology practice doing inpatient rounding and clinic medicine. She also works part time in three emergency rooms. Jennifer was one of the first 250 PAs to get her ER CAQ. She lectures nationally on EKGs and cardiology related topics, and has been published in JAAPA three times. She is one of five PA members appointed to the California state physician assistant board by Governor Jerry Brown. She has been a guest lecturer at UC Davis and Ketchum University on cardiology related topics. Jennifer started her career as a 911 paramedic and worked on the streets for 13 years. In 2015, she received an Excellence In Teaching award by the Monterey County EMS Service. She is also an artist specializing in heart related art and has been featured in the Californian Newspaper in Salinas California in September 2016.

Dudley Phipps, PA-C, CCD, FLS

Dudley Phipps has been at Iowa Ortho since 2003 in various positions including trauma, joint replacement, sports medicine, and spine surgery.  He currently is the Director of the Bone Health Clinic.  He has worked in Emergency Medicine for 5 years, was a paramedic for 16 years and has spent 6 years in utilization review at a major health insurance carrier.  He most recently has published in the May 2018 issue of AAOS Now (Success Story: Managing Bone Health).  Dudley belongs to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the International Osteoporosis Foundation, International Society for Clinical Densitometry, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.  He consults for the National Osteoporosis Foundation and Amgen regarding best practices.  Dudley also serves on the board of directors for the Iowa Bone Club.

Kara Roman, MMS, PA-C

Ms. Roman received her Master of Medical Science degree from Midwestern University in 1997. Prior to PA school, she obtained her undergraduate degree at Houghton College in western New York combining three majors in chemistry, psychology, and elementary education, and graduating with honors in 1990. After teaching elementary school for several years, Ms. Roman followed her passion for science and medicine from the east coast to the Midwest.

Ms. Roman has practiced in family medicine, internal medicine, and urgent care, and currently holds the appointment of Associate Program Director and an Assistant Professor at her alma mater, Midwestern University, in Downers Grove, IL. Ms. Roman has a special interest in women’s health, dermatology, and adolescent medicine. She was honored to receive the Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching in 2001 from the PA students at Midwestern.

Ms. Roman lectures nationally at the AAPA, PAEA, and SPAP annual conferences on dermatology, pediatric, and women’s health topics.

Elyse Watkins, PA-C, DHSc, DFAAPA

Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA is an Associate Professor for the University of Lynchburg Doctor of Medical Science program and Adjunct Professor at Florida State University where she teaches the women’s health module to PA students. She works clinically per diem for Wake Forest Baptist Community Physicians in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Watkins has worked full-time in PA education since 2012. She speaks at state, regional, and national CME conferences on women’s health topics, has published several articles in JAAPA, and has written two books and one chapter in peer-reviewed clinical books. She is active in local, state, and national PA organizations. She has also worked with several state and regional organizations to advocate for greater utilization of PAs in obstetrics and gynecology practices.

She graduated from The George Washington University’s PA program in 1993. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology and a Master of Science in Health Care Management. She earned her Doctor of Health Science with a concentration in Global Health from Nova Southeastern University in 2016.  She was a National Health Service Corps Scholarship recipient and fulfilled her commitment to practice in a Central California migrant clinic in 1995. The majority of her clinical career was spent working in ob/gyn in the Central Valley of California and has completed medical missions to Guatemala and Tanzania.

Daniel Wood, PA-C

Daniel Wood has been in practice as a physician assistant with an emphasis in pediatrics since graduation in 2000.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Akron and his Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska.  Currently, he practices both inpatient and outpatient pediatrics.  He works in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit(PICU) at UT Health in San Antonio.  Also, he is a clinical instructor with the School of Medicine at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas.  He works outpatient at Capital Pediatrics in Austin, Texas.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Mr. Wood has taught extensively on issues involving children including social media use, congenital heart disease, pediatric head trauma, ADHD, Bronchiolitis, and constipation.  He served at the President for the Society of PA in Pediatrics from 2003-2005. He served on the AAPA Leadership Council from 2006-2008.  He is the recipient of the Pediatric PA of the year for 2018.  He also has published peer reviewed articles in Advance for Physician Assistants.  He also works internationally annually providing care to children in the community Quetzaltenango, Guatemala supervising medical students from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio.

***GAPA’s 2019 Summer Conference online registration form is now closed.***
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