Dana Sayre-Stanhope, EdD, PA-C Emeritus

Professor, Department Chair

After graduating from the University of Colorado’s Child health Associate/Physician Assistant Program, Dr. Dana Sayre-Stanhope joined the faculty of the University of Florida where she practiced pediatric surgery. She continued this practice in New York with a joint appointment at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and City College of New York Harlem Hospital’ physician assistant program. She was recruited to Quinnipiac University where she founded their physician assistant program and subsequently founded the PA program at Samuel Merritt University. She also served as department chair and division chief for the PA programs at Saint Louis University and Emory University. Professor Sayre-Stanhope has held many leadership positions nationally and internationally serving as Chair of the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistants, President of the Physician Assistant Education Association and is the founding President of the International Academy of Physician Associate Educators. Her areas of interest center on assessment and accreditation, medical education and professional competencies.


  • Ed. D., Educational Leadership, University of Sarasota

  • M.S., Master of Science in Pediatrics, University of Colorado

  • B.S., Bachelor of Science in Pediatrics, University of Colorado

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • 10/2017 International Academy of Physician Associate Educator. ​International Accreditation Standards for Physician Associate Analogs​. Lexington, KY
  • 09/2016 International Academy of Physician Associate Educators. ​International Standards for Physician Assistant Type Providers – Is It Time?​ Birmingham, UK
  • 04/2014 Ottawa Conference/Canadian Conference on Medical Education ​Building Learning Communities in a Changing Curriculum.​ Ottawa, Canada
  • 04/2013 National Annual Meeting, Society of General Internal Medicine, Innovations in Medical Education Poster Presentation, ​Development of Hospital Medicine Educators: Design and Implementation of a Physical Diagnosis Course for Physician Assistant Students,​ Denver, CO
  • 11/2013 African Network of Associate Clinicians Annual Meeting, ​Building a Strong Professional Association​ Lilongwe, Malawi
  • 11/2013 3r​d​ Global Forum on Human Resources for Health, WHO and GHWA, ​Universal Health Care? Not without Associate Clinicians​ Recife, Brazil
  • 11/2011 Canadian Society for International Health/Consortium of Universities for Global Health/Global Health Education Consortium. Global Health Conference: Advancing Health Equity in the 21st Century.​ Clinical Partners, Task Shifting and Training Models: who is that working next to you? M​ ontreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 2010-2018 AIHA Twinning Grant “Partnership with Witwatersrand University”
  • 2010-2015 HRSA Regional Geriatric Grant, Center of Excellence in Geriatric Education (evaluation and participating department 5%), $2, 080,000
  • 2011 -2015 HRSA Atlanta Regional Geriatric Educational Center; consortium of Emory University (lead) Georgia State and Morehouse School of Medicine ($390,000 per year): educational evaluator (5%)