VAPA 2021 Summer Conference

Monday, July 26 to Thursday, July 29, 2021

Arthur Vayer, MD, President, MSV

Advocacy Overview
July 26, 2021, 8:00 am

Scott Baute, PA-C

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Scott Baute is a physician assistant who has been working in cardiology for 6 years with the last five years at George Washington University Hospital. Before going into cardiology, he was a physician assistant in interventional radiology as well as outpatient internal medicine. He has given lectures in cardiology at previous VAPA and AAPA conferences. He also regularly teaches physician assistant students, nurses, and medical students and internal medicine residents.
Cardiac Imaging
July 26, 2021, 9:00 am

Alison Garcia, MS, PA-C, DMSc

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A graduate from the inaugural PACE University Masters PA Program in 2010, Alison has since worked in various surgical subspecialties with a primary focus in neurosurgery and stroke intervention. She currently holds clinical positions at both New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Hospital and NYU Langone Brooklyn in New York City while also serving as an adjunct faculty lecturer at the Seton Hall PA Program and clinical preceptor for the Weill Cornell PA Program. Alison recently completed the Doctor of Medical Science program through the University of Lynchburg, where she simultaneously earned graduate certificates in Global/Disaster Medicine, Advanced PA Education, Health Administration, and Executive Leadership. She continues to advocate for international recognition, medical training standardization, and reciprocity for the PA profession as the Opportunities Chair for the PAs for Global Health (PAGH) as well as a member of the International Physician Assistant Educators (IPAE). Her goal is to continue encouraging other PAs to recognize their own capabilities and practice to their highest potential.
Rapid Assessment of the Head Trauma Patient
July 26, 2021, 10:15 am
Seizure Disorders
July 26, 2021, 3:30 pm

Deepak Talreja, MD

Dr. Talreja is Director of the Catheterization Laboratory and Director of the Coronary Care Unit at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital. He is an Assistant Professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School of Medicine and Instructor in Clinical Medicine at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Talreja is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, and the Mayo Clinic.
Structural Heart Updates in 2021
July 26, 2021, 11:15 am

Jeanine Gargiulo, PA-C

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Jeanine Gargiulo is a northern Virginia native who attended Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania where she received her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physician Assistant Science degrees. Jeanine is a VAPA member who has been working at the Anderson Orthopedic Clinic focusing on hip and knee replacement and revision surgery since 2009. She is an active volunteer member of Operation Walk Virginia and has traveled with the team on 4 medical mission trips. Jeanine also participates in clinical research studies in conjunction with the Anderson Orthopaedic Research Institute. This year she completed her Doctorate of Medical Science certificate in PA Education from the University of Lynchburg. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, fostering dogs, and teaching fitness classes at her local gym.
Clinical Pearls - From the Orthopedist to the PCP
July 26, 2021, 1:30 pm

Kristyn Rudisill, PA-C

Advanced Heart Failure: Risk Assessment and Therapeutic Options
July 26, 2021, 2:30 pm

Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

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Elyse Watkins, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA Elyse Watkins has been a clinically practicing PA since 1993. She earned her PA degree from The George Washington University and was awarded a National Health Service Corps scholarship. She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Lynchburg's Doctor of Medical Science Program where she teaches Global Health and Evidence-based Medicine, and is visiting faculty at Florida State University's and Elon University's PA programs where she teaches the reproductive medicine/women's health curriculum. She also teaches the women's health module for the University of Lynchburg's PA program. Dr. Watkins was currently named Editor for the Women's Health section in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. In addition, she speaks at multiple local, state, and national CME conferences on global and women's health issues. Her peer-reviewed publications include articles in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, a chapter in a women's health textbook, a chapter in a pharmacology book, a book on professional practice issues for PAs, and a book on ob/gyn for clinical learners. She is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Association of PAs in Ob/Gyn, PAs for Global Health, the North Carolina Academy of PAs where she is President-elect, the Piedmont Association of PAs where she served for several years as vice president, and the American Academy of Physician Assistants where she is a Distinguished Fellow.
Care of the Breast Cancer Survivor
July 27, 2021, 8:00 am
Update on the Management of Menopause
July 27, 2021, 11:30 am

Kimberly Sapre, MMS, PA-C, EM-CAQ

Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Differences in Acute Pain Treatment in the Emergency Department
July 27, 2021, 9:00 am

Kim Zuber, PA-C

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Kim Zuber, PA-C tried to retire after 35 years of PA practice but instead spends her time traveling and teaching 'all things kidney' with over 130 oral presentations, 48 peer-reviewed articles and 5 guest editorships. She graduated from UCSD with a bachelor's in molecular biology and chemistry, picked up a teaching credential at San Diego State University and taught high school for many years. Deciding that medicine had to be easier than teaching teenagers, Kim attended the St. Louis University PA program. She has been involved in the kidney community for the last 25 years picking up Renal Professional of the Year 2014 for her work. She is an AAPA Distinguished Fellow and was selected as Outstanding PA of the Year in 2014.
CKD Clinical Decisions: The Role of SGLT2 Inhibitors
July 27, 2021, 10:30 am

Stephen Lewia, DMSc, PA-C

Imposter Syndrome: Getting Beyond Your Fears of Failure
July 27, 2021, 1:30 pm

Joshua Sill, MD

Dr. Joshua Sill is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School, in Norfolk, VA. He is the Pulmonary Section Chief and Director of the region's only pulmonary and critical care fellowship program. He has been integrally involved in the COVID-19 preparations for Sentara and EVMS. He works in the designated COVID-19 ICU at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Prior to coming to EVMS, Dr. Sill spent 11 years in the US Air Force, working in the School of Aerospace Medicine. While there he taught in numerous courses including the Department of Defense's Pandemic Influenza and Biological Warfare Preparedness Coarse. He is currently involved in several ongoing research projects and clinical trials related to COVID-19.
Healthcare Disparities Including COVID
July 27, 2021, 2:30 pm

Greg Thomas, PA-C Emeritus, MPH

A PA for more than 40 years, Greg Thomas currently serves as Director of PA Relations with the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Previously, he worked for nearly 20 years with the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), most recently as Senior Vice President of education, membership, and resource development. Greg received his PA education at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, and a masters degree in public health with focus on health care administration from the University of Texas School of Public Health also in Houston, TX.
Updated from NCCPA: Pulling Back the Curtain
July 28, 2021, 7:30 am

Michelle Kerr, MSPAS, PA-C

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Michelle Kerr has been a Physician Assistant for 25 years, practicing initially in primary care and then expanding to urgent care. She has been at Atrium Health in NC for 10 years practicing clinically in urgent care, and additionally holding a leadership position within the organization. Michelle serves as an Assistant Specialty Medical Director responsible for 5-7 of the 35 Atrium Health Urgent Care locations, and as Chief APP (Advanced Practice Provider) for the entire Urgent Care division, advocating and representing over 150 APPs. She actively teaches, updates, and reviews standard of care expected within the Atrium Healthcare system. She serves on several system-wide and interdisciplinary committees and strategy groups. Michelle continues to serve as adjunct faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology's PA program for over 20 years, still returning yearly to lecture even after moving to NC. She was quoted in the regarding vaccines in articles that ran in August 2019 and August 2020.
Getting to Yes: Practical Strategies for Navigating Immunization Decisions with Older Adults
July 28, 2021, 8:30 am

Dan Jerrems, PA-C

Dan is a graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland and got his PA training at Johns Hopkins University. He is a past president of the Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants and was instrumental in getting legislation passed through the Maryland General Assembly giving PAs the right to prescribe. Dan has worked in a variety of clinical settings, the last eleven years of which as a spine specialist, currently with LifeBridge Neurosurgery in Baltimore, Maryland. Dan became curious as to the scientific basis for the claims made by various diet proponents and so will be talking today about "low carb, low fat, paleo, keto, plant-based: what do the studies show?"
Cervical Radiculitis: Update on Evaluation and Treatment
July 28, 2021, 10:00 am

Robert Dunne, DC, FNP, PA-C, DFAAPA

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Dr Dunne is a practicing Physician Assistant in both Internal Medicine and Chronic Wound Care in Williamsburg, VA. He holds certificates as a PA and Family Nurse Practitioner, and holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He has served in both the Army (15yrs) and the Navy (16yrs) as a PA, and has retired as a Lieutenant Commander. He has broad experience in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Hospitalist Medicine, and onboard the USS America, an aircraft carrier. He has been on the Faculty at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Five Branches Institute of Chinese Medicine, and Cabrillo College. He has been a Speaker for several Pharmaceutical Companies. Besides this conference, he will be speaking at the Veterans Caucus “Topics in the Tropics” conference in Cancun, Mexico this December.
Chronic Wounds: Recognition and Treatment
July 28, 2021, 11:00 am

George Gillian, MD

Dr. Gillian is a General Surgeon with fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery. He has been a guest lecturer and proctor on a national and international basis for more than 15 years. He has developed a special interest in anti-reflux surgery and subsequently been the Director of 3 different Heartburn Centers since 1998. Our center was one of the first in the East Coast to offer impedance technology with our evaluations. He has performed more than 1000 anti-reflux procedures and is currently the only surgeon allowed to perform the LINX procedure for reflux control in DC and Virginia. He has also done over 100 Trans Oral Incisionless Fundoplications since 2010. He is going to talk about filling in the gaps in GERD management as it currently exists.
When is Anti Reflux Surgery Appropriate? Is LINX better than Nissen?
July 28, 2021, 2:00 pm

Rohit Adyanthaya, MD

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Dr. Rohit "Roh" Adyanthaya is a Retinal Specialist at Virginia Eye Consultants. He completed fellowship training from Johns Hopkins Hospital and Valley Retina Institute. He has published articles in numerous peer reviewed journals and has presented and spoken at National level meetings. He is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia.
Common Retinal Diseases
July 29, 2021, 7:30 am

John Lynch, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Mr. Lynch travelled extensively during a 30 year career in the Federal Government. He currently works in a family practice setting in the Tidewater area. He holds a master of science degree in biosecurity and emergency planning from Saint Louis University and is currently a PA Fellow in Lynchburg University's Doctor of Medica Science Program. Mr. Lynch is a member of the International Society of Travel Medicine and a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Potential Pandemics on the Horizon
July 29, 2021, 8:30 am

James Cannon, DHA, MBA, PA-C, DFAAPA

James Cannon, DHA, PA-C, DFAAPA of Chesapeake, Va., is the chair elect of the NCCPA and was elected to the board in 2008 where he has served in various roles including treasurer, secretary and committee chair. He Is a commander in the U.S. Coast Guard and director of field operations over seeing the non-clincial operations of 45 clinical sites across 13 regions, and managing an annual budget in excess of $400 million. As a certified PA and psychiatry CAQ holder, he clinically practices in substance and Tele-psychiatry in addition to adjunct teaching at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction in Minneapolis, MN. James is also clinically active in a small Chesapeake, VA wellness practice where he works part-time on a clinical team with his supervising physician. He is married to Jina Cannon, a pediatric emergency nurse and has a daughter in attending college in Texas.
Depression and Anxiety in the Context of COVID
July 29, 2021, 9:30 am