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Faculty and Staff

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program

Ilaria Gadalla, DMSc, MS, PA-C
Interim Program Director-Physician Assistant Program Chair

Arianne M. Fredrickson, MSPAS, PA-C
Director of Clinical Education – Assistant Professor

James M. King, MSPA, PA-C
Assistant Director of Clinical Education- Assistant Professor

John J. Burns, III, MMSc, PA-C
Faculty Instructor - Associate Professor

Krystal Goodwin, DC
Faculty Instructor - Assistant Professor

Theresa A. Morris, MPAS, PA-C
Admissions Director - Assistant Professor

John Sheffield, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA
Evaluation Specialist - Assistant Professor

Ray Rudolph, MD, MPH, FACS
Medical Director - Associate Professor

Lisa Zammit, MSHS, PA-C, SA
Faculty Instructor - Assistant Professor

Staff
Tricia Gilliland, BS, Administrative Assistant
Kim Hahn, BS, Enrollment Manager
Nartaka Walls BS, Clinical Coordinator

Adjunct Faculty
Joseph Crosby, PhD, RPh
a A. Howard, MHS, PA-C, DFAAPA

 




 

Dr. Ilaria Gadalla, DMSc, MS, PA-C

Interim Program Director and Physician Assistant Program Chair

Dr. Ilaria Gadalla is a Physician Assistant with over 11 years of clinical experience as a Physician Assistant in the fields of Hospitalist Medicine, Cardiology, Internal Medicine, and Nephrology. She has held various leadership roles to include Director of Clinical Education, Program Director, and Physician Assistant Program Chair. She completed a Doctor of Medical Science with the University of Lynchburg in Virginia and graduated with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Albany Medical College in Albany, New York. She previously worked as a Respiratory Therapist and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Gadalla is an active member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants (FAPA), the American College of Cardiology (ACC), a fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, a member of the Society of Hospitalist Medicine (SHM), and a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). She has a variety of leadership experience including serving as a National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) PA Ambassador, the chair of the FAPA Public Relations Committee, a member of the Governance and Ethics Board for PAEA, SHM NP/PA Committee, SHM Practice Management Committee, and on the ACC Cardiovascular Team Physician Assistants Committee. Dr. Gadalla continues to serve the local community as a volunteer clinician at the Caridad Center and a member of the Sunset Palms Elementary School Advisory Council.



 

Arianne M. Fredrickson, MSPAS, PA-C

Director of Clinical Education – Assistant Professor

Ms. Fredrickson is a native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and worked as a neuropsychometric technician for Marshfield Clinic before returning to school. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2011. Upon graduating, she began her clinical career practicing family medicine with urgent care in rural Wisconsin but quickly developed a passion for urgent care and emergency medicine. Ms. Fredrickson worked in emergency medicine in Minnesota and then Texas for over six years before joining the faculty at South University in the summer of 2018. Ms. Fredrickson is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Education Association. Her clinical interests are diverse and include emergency medicine, gastroenterology, endocrinology, and women’s health. She is passionate about teaching strong history and physical exam skills, differential diagnosis development, and clinical procedures. In addition to clinical work, Ms. Fredrickson has enjoyed staffing self-growth seminars for teens and their families, motivational speaking at K-12 schools, and being a preceptor to pre-PA and PA students. She lives in Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband and daughter. Together they enjoy hobbies including camping, fishing, boating, biking, hiking, golfing, and of course, going to the beach!



 

James M. King, MSPA, PA-C

Assistant Director of Clinical Education- Assistant Professor

Mr. King has lived in Savannah for the majority of his time since arriving via the military in 1994. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 1991 while serving in the military. In 2007, he decided to pursue a career in medicine, and began his studies toward that endeavor. This culminated with graduation from South University’s Physician Assistant Program in 2011, after which he entered the field of Emergency Medicine. He joined the faculty of South University as the Assistant Clinical Coordinator in August of 2018. His academic teaching interests include Addiction Medicine, areas of professional development, and focusing on small group instruction. His clinical interests include pre-hospital trauma, Emergency Medicine, and Addiction Medicine. He lives in Savannah with his wife of over thirty years. Their son and family live nearby where he serves a local firefighter. The King family loves dogs.



 

Theresa A. Morris, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor - Admissions Director

Theresa A. Morris is an Assistant Professor-Admissions Director in the South University Physician Assistant program. Previously, she was an adjunct faculty member in the South University Physician Assistant Program, serving as an Online Clinical Education Specialist.

Prior to her return to South University, Morris served on the inaugural faculty of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Physician Assistant Program as an assistant professor. Her duties included lecturing and collateral duties in admissions before becoming the Director of Clinical Education.

Her practice background includes emergency medicine, family medicine and urgent care. She has a special clinical interest in rheumatology, specifically myositis, and infectious disease.

Morris previously served as a member of the Finance Council for the Physician Assistant Education Association. She has also been involved in medical mission work in Guatemala, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps’ active duty and active reserves.

She’s a member of Pi Alpha, National Honor Society for Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, Society of Emergency Medical Physician Assistants, Georgia Association of Physician Assistants and the South Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants.

Morris graduated with a Bachelor of Physician Assistant Studies from South University and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.




John Sheffield, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Evaluation Specialist - Assistant Professor

John Sheffield joined South University in 2003. While part of the South University Physician Assistant Program he has served as Clinical Coordinator and now as the Evaluation Specialist. His teaching interests include ear, nose and throat pathology, infectious diseases and behavioral medicine.

Sheffield served in the U.S. Army for 21 years before retiring at Fort Stewart in 1994. During his Army career he worked in emergency and family medicine. After his retirement from the Army, he worked as part of a busy otolaryngology practice in Savannah for eight years before joining South University.

He is a member of Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. Sheffield is also a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, a member of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, and the Physician Assistant Education Association, where he serves as Chair of the Internal Medicine/Primary Care End of Rotation Exam review committee. He also is a member of the Assessments Institute.

Sheffield received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma after completing the United States Army Physician Assistant Program in 1990. He earned a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Nebraska.



Ray Rudolph, M.D., MPH, FACS

Medical Director - Associate Professor

Dr. Ray Rudolph joined the faculty of South University in 2005 as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery before becoming Medical Director of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant program.

In 2001, he and Dr. Paula DeNitto established the Center for Breast Care, the first practice in the region dedicated exclusively to the care of women with breast problems. He has done volunteer medical work in Ecuador in the area of tuberculosis and has shared breast surgical techniques in China. Dr. Rudolph is an assistant professor of surgery at both the Georgia Regents University (Medical College of Georgia) and Mercer University School of Medicine. Although Dr. Rudolph retired from the active practice of surgery in late 2014, he remains a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgery.

He was nominated for the Association of Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award in 2008. In 2009, he received the Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program Alumni Achievement Award and also earned the Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award from the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer. Dr. Rudolph was named Surgical Oncologist of the Year in 2010 by the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer/ Savannah Coalition.

At the beginning of his career, Dr. Rudolph served in the U.S. Army and completed his studies as a licensed practical nurse at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. He worked as a chief line medic in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 where he received the Bronze Star for valor. After eight years as an LPN, he entered the Physician Assistant Program at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston and graduated in 1976. His first assignment as a Physician Assistant took him to South Dakota to serve the Sioux Nation at Lower Brule for four years. Dr. Rudolph then had the opportunity to attend the University of South Dakota, where he earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees. He completed his surgical residency training at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia where he joined the faculty upon graduation in 1991. Dr. Rudolph received his master’s degree in public health from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah in 2004.



 

John J. Burns, III, MMSc, PA-C

Faculty Instructor - Associate Professor

John J. Burns, III joined the faculty of South University as the Physician Assistant programs’ Associate Clinical Coordinator in 2001. He has also served as its Academic Coordinator, and Associate Director, and Program Director. Mr. Burns began his clinical career in Family Medicine at Fayette Medical Clinic in Fayetteville, Georgia and in 1999 returned to his hometown of Savannah to begin clinical practice in Endocrinology. His academic and teaching interests include PA admissions, medical communication, endocrinology, ophthalmology and physical assessment. His clinical interests include endocrinology, specifically Type 1 diabetes, and thyroid disorders. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). He currently serves as Lead Faculty for the PAEA Program Directors 101 Workshop, and has previously served as a faculty member for the PAEA Admissions Workshop and as a committee member for the CASPA Advisory Committee. Mr. Burns earned a Bachelor of Science in Education in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia, and is a 1997 graduate of the Emory University Physician Assistant Program.




Lisa Zammit, MSHS, PA-C, SA

Faculty Instructor - Assistant Professor

Lisa Zammit joined the South University faculty full time in the fall of 2011. She has experience in various fields including emergency medicine, hospital medicine, urgent/emergent care, and head and neck surgery. Currently, she works as a clinical trials investigator.

Zammit has been published in Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and continues to write and teach about communication and ethical issues.

Zammit earned her first bachelor’s degree in Microbiology at Northwestern State University, and a second bachelor’s with Surgeon Assistant Certification from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Later, she graduated from George Washington University with a Master of Science in Health Science.

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