Expert Insights from Program Leaders
December 05, 2022
Season 3: Episode 53 - PA Michel Statler and UT Southwestern PA Program

We speak with PA Michel Statler from the UT Southwestern PA Program about her path to becoming a surgical PA, her program, and about her perspective on the many aspects of the profession from her role as past-president for PAEA. We also learn from a ...


We speak with PA Michel Statler from the UT Southwestern PA Program about her path to becoming a surgical PA, her program, and about her perspective on the many aspects of the profession from her role as past-president for PAEA. We also learn from a master teacher about how she prepares for delivering lectures.

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Michel Statler, MLA, PA-C

Michel Statler is an Associate Professor for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the PA program at UT Southwestern in Dallas. She graduated from the Surgeon Assistant Program at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Allied Health and worked as a surgical physician assistant for 14 years in cardiac surgery, ENT, and neurosurgery before becoming a PA educator. While previously on the faculty at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern, she earned a Master in Liberal Arts degree at Southern Methodist University and is currently working on her Doctorate in Medical Science degree from the University of Lynchburg. Michel has been the Associate Director for the PA programs at the UT Southwestern in Dallas as well as Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ before becoming the first PA educator to join the staff at the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) in 2010. Michel returned to PA education as Program Director for the PA Program at Rosalind Franklin University in 2013 until she left to rejoin the faculty at UT Southwestern in 2019. As an educator, Michel has received several teaching awards, has been an invited speaker at state and national meetings, published in peer-reviewed journals, and been a contributing author to several text and review books. She has served in many capacities with the PA Education Association (PAEA) and currently serves as Immediate Past President for the PAEA Board of Directors.