Leadership

Associate Dean for PA Education/Program Director

Susan M. Fernandes, LPD, PA-C

Dr. Fernandes is a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine, Divisions of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine.   She completed her PA education at Northeastern University, where she also received a master's degree and a doctorate in law and policy, with a concentration in health policy.  Dr. Fernandes has held numerous leadership positions in her 22-year career, and over the last year has served as a senior consultant for the Stanford School of Medicine Dean's Office, helping to develop and shape the new Master of Science in PA Studies program.  When not providing leadership for PA education at Stanford, Dr. Fernandes provides care to adolescent and adult survivors of congenital heart disease and dedicates time to research focused on improving access to specialized healthcare for adult survivors of pediatric disease.   

Medical Director

Andrew Nevins, MD

Dr. Nevins is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease and has more than a decade of medical education experience at Stanford.  He completed medical school at Cornell University, and did his internal medicine residency as well as his Infectious Disease Fellowship at Stanford.  Dr. Nevins has held numerous leadership positions within the Stanford School of Medicine.  In addition to being Medical Director of the MS in PA Studies program, he is also the Medical Director of the Standardized Patient Program at Stanford.  Dr. Nevins also serves as the Chair of the California Consortium for the Assessment of Clinical Competence, a group of clinicians and medical educators from all nine California medical schools

Associate Program Director

Rhonda Larsen, MHS, PA-C

Ms. Larsen is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Cardiology. She completed her PA education at Duke University, where she also recieved a master's degree in health science.  Ms. Larsen has held numerous leadership positions in her long career, including Associate Vice Chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Medicine at Duke University, where she was also clinically active caring for heart failure patients.  In addition to her leadership role in PA education at Stanford, she also supports clinical research efforts in the area of brain trauma.

Associate Medical Director

Ian Nelligan, MPH, MD

Dr. Nelligan is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Primary Care and Population Health. He is a family medicine physician with a passion for medical education, high quality primary care, and primary care research. He completed medical school at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and residency at University of California San Francisco in Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Nelligan completed the Rathmann Family Medical Education Fellowship at Stanford and is an associate in the Stanford School of Medicine Educators for Care program. He is a champion for innovations in medical education and was a course director for three years in the Stanford health Innovations and Experiential Learning Directive.  He has long standing academic interests in community medicine, global health, working with underserved populations, and medical education.