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Gloria Yueh
Professor and Chair of Biochemistry, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Y. Gloria Yueh, Ph.D., is professor and chair of biochemistry in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Linda Walters
Professor of Anatomy, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Linda Walters, Ph.D, is an anatomy professor in the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Kathleen O'Hagan
Department Chair and Professor of Physiology, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kathleen P. O'Hagan, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Physiology at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Adjunct Faculty, Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences
Kevin Quinn, PT, MPT, MS, ATC, is adjunct faculty in Physical Therapy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Mitchell Emerson
Interim Chair, College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Mitchell Emerson, Ph.D., is Interim Chair in the College of Pharmacy–Glendale at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Shridhar Andurkar
Associate Professor and Chair, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Shridhar Andurkar, Ph.D., is associate professor and chair of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Jennifer D'Souza
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Chicago College of Pharmacy
Jennifer D'Souza, Pharm.D., CDE, is assistant professor of Pharmacy Practice in the Chicago College of Pharmacy (CCP) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Brad Smith
Associate Dean, College of Dental Medicine-AZ
Brad Smith, D.D.S., B.Sc., is Associate Dean in the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
David Luce
Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies, College of Health Sciences
David Luce, M.M.S., PA-C, is assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Donald Jarnigan
Dean, Arizona College of Optometry
Donald Jarnigan, O.D., is the Dean of Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Phil Huang
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Phil Huang, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Tolu Akinwale
Chicago College of Pharmacy, Downers Grove Campus
Tolu Akinwale is a student in the Chicago College of Pharmacy at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Allison Rushing
College of Health Sciences, Downers Grove Campus
Allison Rushing, D.P.T., is a 2012 graduate of the Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) campus.
Sam Funk
Arizona College of Optometry
Sam Funk is a student in the Arizona College of Optometry (AZCOPT) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) campus.
Laura Sibrava
College of Dental Medicine-Arizona
Laura Sibrava, D.M.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Heather Thoreson
College of Pharmacy-Glendale
Heather Thoreson, Pharm.D., is a 2012 graduate of the College of Pharmacy-Glendale (CPG) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Hillary Carnell
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hillary Carnell, D.O., is a 2012 graduate of the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Danny Wu
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Danny Wu is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Jared Techau
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Jared Techau is a graduate from the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Glendale (AZ) Campus.
Safi Mohammed
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Safi Mohammed is a student in the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Diane Baldemor
College of Health Sciences – Downers Grove
Diane Baldemor is a student in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Chessa Calabrese
College of Dental Medicine-Illinois
Chessa Calabrese is a student in the College of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus.
Eder Garavito
College of Health Sciences, Glendale Campus
Eder Garavito is a 2013 graduate in the inaugural class of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program in the College of Health Sciences.

Add the intangibles: curiosity, observation, good judgment, experience, and concern for your patient. A person's life hangs in the balance.

Digging for Clues

The young man's father had fallen several times within a couple of weeks, prompting them to visit a local hospital emergency room. More than one ER, in fact. When nothing was found, the pair was sent home. But the father kept falling. And the son remained concerned.

"Skull CT scans weren't as common as they are today," says Dave Luce, who was on duty in Philadelphia's Episcopal Hospital clinic at a time when the young man brought in his father after another fall. Relying on his training and experience, Luce noticed something during his hands-on examination of the elderly patient. "When I checked his eyes and vision, I could see swelling of the optic disk, and I knew that wasn't good." In short order, this patient was on the operating table. Surgeons drained a subdural hematoma, taking pressure off the brain and saving the man's life.

Today, Luce recognizes how far the medical profession has progressed since his early years in the field. He carries such memorable experiences from his 32 years as a physician assistant clinician into his teaching and mentoring at Midwestern University.

I want to give back to patients and the profession while I'm helping educate new PAs. I love the synergy of teaching and seeing patients."
— David Luce, M.M.S., PA-C, Downers Grove

Serving Patients

"To enter this profession and not see patients is not an option for me," says Luce. "I feel I need to do both as a role model for students. It takes discipline, but it's important." In addition to teaching at Midwestern, Luce sees patients up to eight hours each week at the Downers Grove (IL) Family Practice Clinic and at The Bolingbrook Christian Health Center, a clinic for underserved populations in Bolingbrook (IL). "I want to give back to patients and the profession while I'm helping educate new PAs. I love the synergy of teaching and seeing patients." In MWU's first-year didactic curriculum, Luce teaches Clinical Medicine, Physical Diagnosis, and Medical Writing. He also received his M.M.S. degree from Midwestern in 1999.

All About Community

Luce serves as the faculty facilitator for MWU's Underserved Medicine Club, a group that sponsors community'oriented medical projects, such as a day-long, student-run health fair for an inner-city Chicago community. He also helps organize medical missions to El Salvador — MWU students raise their own funds to make the trip — providing healthcare to underserved populations while working with a local medical professional. And Luce is part of MWU's Collaborative Health Advocate Team, an interdisciplinary effort where students and faculty work together on service learning activities such as diabetes management patient education.

Valuable Mentors

"It's important for me to be able to mentor both students and new faculty members," says Luce. "I've worked hard over the years to improve my own teaching. When I'm having a good day, it's so rewarding to see students 'get' it and participate in lively discussions with each other." Luce also appreciates MWU's emphasis on teaching that complements its solid basic science research opportunities. "As faculty members, our focus is on students and our doors are open. We have a healthy and supportive environment that starts with the University president — she goes out of her way to foster a sense of belonging, of community, and that's just one of the reasons Midwestern University is such a great place."


Luce, M.M.S., PA-CDavid Luce, M.M.S., PA-C, is assistant professor of Physician Assistant Studies in the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University's Downers Grove (IL) Campus. He advises MWU's Christian Medical Association and the Underserved Medical Club and serves as a site visitor for the PA accreditation and review committee.


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