Physician Assistant Program - Southwest Florida

Brenda Diaz, M.S., P.A.-C.

Brenda DiazAs a native New Yorican (born in New York City to Puerto Rican parents) Professor Diaz witnessed firsthand the challenges of healthcare delivery in the inner city. It was there where she attended the City University of New York/Harlem Hospital Physician Assistant program and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1989. Since graduation she has served as a Family Medicine physician assistant in underserved inner city and rural communities in New York City, Florida and Texas. She has a passion for teaching and has trained many physician assistants over the years as a clinical preceptor in Family Medicine. In August of 2009 she completed a Masters degree in Science with a concentration in Education and Leadership from A.T. Still University.

She has been involved in different caucuses of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and she is currently the chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee of the Physician Assistants for Latino Health (an official caucus of the AAPA).

On September 7th, 2010 she transitioned into fulltime academia and joined the faculty at Nova Southeastern University/Southwest Florida Physician Assistant Program. Currently, she is the module director for Hematology, HIV/AIDS and Gastroenterology, and lectures on different subjects in Dermatology, Endocrinology, Surgery and Geriatrics of the Clinical Medicine and Surgery lecture series. She is also the course director for Cultural Issues in Healthcare and Evidence Based Medicine.

She is the faculty advisor for the Sean Grimes Physician Assistant Student Society. On April 17th, 2012 Professor Diaz was honored with the Nova Southeastern University Student Life Achievement Award as Co-Curricular Advisor of the Year.

She has special interests in Community Medicine, Cultural Competency and Collaborative Learning. It is her goal to train able, culturally sensitive and compassionate clinicians who will use their skills and knowledge to improve the quality of life and healthcare delivery in their respective communities and not just as a means to make a living.