Physician Assistant Studies Department

Faculty and Staff

Program Director: Jeffrey Midgley, MS, PA-C

  • MS, Physician Assistant Studies  - Touro College
  • BS, Health Science, Physician Assistant - Long Island University
  • BA, Psychology - SUNY Binghamton

Medical Director: Stephen A. Katz, MB ChB, CPE, FACP

  • CPE - American College of Physician Executives
  • MBChB - University of Birmingham (England)
  • BA, Biology - University of Pennsylvania

Assistant Medical Director: Erin McLaughlin, MD, MPH

  • MPH, Environmental Health Sciences - University of California, Berkeley
  • MD - New York Medical College
  • BS, Biology - Syracuse University

Coordinator of Clinical Education: Shirley Fletcher-Hall, DS, MS, PA-C

  • DS, Physician Assistant Studies - Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University
  • MS, Physician Assistant Studies - Pace University
  • BS, Physician Assistant Studies - Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, City College, CUNY

Coordinator of Clinical Education: Jennifer Winus-Robinson, MS, PA-C

  • MS, Physician Assistant Studies - Touro College School of Health Sciences
  • Physician Assistant Certificate - St Vincent Catholic Medical Centers School of Allied Health
  • BS, Biology - Marymount College

Clinical Assistant Professor: Christopher Barela, MS, PA-C

  • MS, Physician Assistant Studies - Mercy College
  • BS, Health Sciences - Mercy College
  • AAS - Dutchess Community College

Clinical Assistant Professor: Rocchina Pugliese, MS, PA-C

  • MS, Physician Assistant Studies - New York Institute of Technology
  • BS, Biology - Manhattan College

Business Manager: Melissa McCarthy

  • MA, Educational Psychology - Marist College
  • BA, Communications - Marist College 

Clinical Operations Manager: Nicole Baker

  • BA, Communications - The College of Saint Rose

Program Contact Information

Address:  3399 North Road, Allied Health Building, Poughkeepsie, NY  12601
Phone:  845-575-3308
Fax:  845-575-3586

All questions regarding program requirements and other admission related queries (e.g. Info Sessions) should be directed to Graduate Admissions at 845-575-3800.

Updated 09/4/2020

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*The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Marist College Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Marist College. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. 

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2030. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy. 

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at

Updated: 10/1/2020