Physician Assistant Program - Orlando
Faculty and Staff
Cherilyn M. Hendrix, DHEd, MSBME, PA-C
Dr. Cherilyn Hendrix joined Nova Southeastern - Orlando as an Assistant Professor in May 2012. She is responsible for teaching multiple didactic year courses. Dr. Hendrix has worked clinically as a Physician Assistant since 2003 in general, vascular, and thoracic surgery, and in emergency medicine. Her first career was as a mechanical engineer and program manager, working 20 years for the Harris Corporation in Melbourne, Florida, and Annapolis Junction, Maryland. She earned her master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Upon degree completion Dr. Hendrix became an instructor with the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, teaching graduate level courses in engineering and program management.
She received her physician assistant education at the Anne Arundel Community College PA Program, and upon completion of her PA certificate, Dr. Hendrix successfully completed an intense, one-year general surgery residency at Duke University. While at Duke, she served as an adjunct faculty member with the School of Medicine. After working as a surgical PA in private practice in the Orlando-Daytona area, Dr. Hendrix was lured back to Maryland to teach in the PA program from which she graduated. She switched to emergency medicine, which allowed her to pursue and complete her doctorate degree in Health Education from A.T. Still University. She has written multiple publications promoting methodology to enhance critical thinking and sound clinical reasoning during PA education at the master's degree level. She served on the Maryland Board of Physicians as secretary of the Physician Assistant Advisory Committee, and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Education Association. Happy to be back in Florida and no longer shoveling snow, this Satellite Beach native now calls Orlando her new home.