Meet The Team

Faculty

According to Merriam-Webster the definitions for Professor include:

  • A faculty member at an institution of higher education
  • One that teaches or professes special knowledge of an art, sport, or occupation requiring skill
  • One that professes, avows, or declares

The Physician Assistant Program Faculty are dedicated to teaching the art and science of medicine utilizing student-centered, engaging and innovative teaching techniques.  Be prepared to be a mental athlete! Your professors will coach you, challenge you, push you and empower you.  In return you will be able to practice medicine well above the standard of care and ultimately empower your patients who will empower their surrounding communities. Keep checking back frequently as our team continues to grow!

The professors at Charles R. Drew University come from extraordinarily diverse and experienced backgrounds. They understand and embrace an environment: where great research informs great teaching, where working directly within our community is valued, and where student-centered teaching techniques are lauded! Please take a look below to meet some of your future PA Program Professors. Keep checking back frequently as our team continues to grow!

Principal Faculty

Art and Travel Enthusiast

Oncology PA

Fabros  Professor Fabros has great passion for the Physician Assistant profession. She joined Charles R. Drew University (CDU) to share that enthusiasm with students and provide them with the tools they need to succeed in this challenging and rewarding discipline.

She is certified by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She is also licensed by the State of California as a Physician Assistant where she practiced in clinical settings for 14 years prior to joining the CDU faculty.

Professor Fabros holds a Master of Health Sciences degree and Certificate of Physician Assistant Studies from Duke University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine where she graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

In her spare time, Professor Fabros enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children. She also loves traveling, spending time with her extended family, and being outdoors. Professor Fabros stays involved in the community by co-leading her childrens' Girl Scout Troop and volunteering at their school

Principal Faculty

Clinical Researcher

International Healer

Fabros  Professor Hudson is a Physician Assistant and Public Health Practitioner. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in African-American Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara; Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Western University of Health Sciences; and Master of Public Health degree, with an emphasis in urban health disparities from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). CDU is her alma mater and now a place for her to share her passion for holistic health with the next generation of community influencers.

As a Physician Assistant and Public Health Practitioner, she has served the members of the Los Angeles community for over a decade in various healthcare settings; federally qualified health center, county “safety-net” hospitals, non-profit wellness and university-based student health center. She has participated in multiple community based and clinical research projects, spanning from a community kitchen with Sylvia Drew Ivie (daughter of Charles R. Drew) to primary and secondary stroke prevention/intervention research projects with high school students and adults.

As a Los Angeles native, she is intentional and purposeful to serve in her home community to a people who deserve to live healthy and free of preventable diseases. A motto she models - “The greatest achievements are those that benefit others.”

Professor Hudson has traveled to several international medical mission trips in Ghana, West Africa and the Dominican Republic, in service to all mankind. In her spare time, she loves playing with children, traveling, practicing her Spanish language and serving on medical mission trips – often all at the same time.

Principal Faculty

Compassionate Healer

Clinical Researcher

Dr. David Martins Dr. David Martins is a graduate of the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria. He completed his Residency training in Internal Medicine at Charles Drew University and obtained a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research from the Department of Biomathematics in UCLA.

Dr Martins is a Clinical Hypertension Specialist and a graduate of the Healthcare leadership fellowship of the Center for Health Professions in UCSF. He was the Medical Director of T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Clinic for about 10 years and continues to see patients with hypertension at the clinic.

He is a Clinical Researcher and has participated as a Principal Investigator and a Co-Investigator in several National landmark studies on Hypertension and Kidney disease. He has published a significant number of articles on hypertension in many peer reviewed Medical Journals and has contributed several book chapters on hypertension to many professional textbooks in Medicine.

Dr. David Martins is an outstanding teacher and a past recipient of the Best Teaching Resident and the Best Clinician Awards of the Charles Drew University.

DR. DAVID MARTINS was FEATURED IN THE L.A. SENTINEL: “WE ARE ALL HEALERS” click here to read the full article

Dr. Martins serves as Principal Faculty in the PA Program and will be teaching multiple courses for the PA Program, including Cardiology, Neurology, Endocrinology and Pulmonology.

Instructional Faculty

Community Advocate

Psychologist

Dr. Beavers Dr. Beavers is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the College of Science & Health for the PA Program. He will be involved with teaching Behavioral Medicine with an emphasis in Urban Trauma and precepting students during a Behavioral Medicine rotation at His Sheltering Arms Inc., a women’s trauma/substance abuse disorder inpatient program, where he serves as the clinical director. Dr. Beavers also serves as President/CEO of the Futures Integrated Health Care System., a women’s trauma/substance abuse disorder inpatient program, where he serves as the clinical director. Dr. Beavers also serves as President/CEO of the Futures Integrated Health Care System.

Dr. Beavers will be assisting with the development of a PTSD-Urban Trauma clinical rotation elective and will be the primary presenter at an annual PA Program PTSD-Urban Trauma Symposium.

Dr. Ronald Beavers is the President and CEO of the Positive Imagery Foundation, a community-based program. He was born in Los Angeles and joined the LA Veterans Resource Center in 1997. The LA Veterans Resource Center has been serving the combat veteran and their families from Vietnam and other armed conflicts for over 10 Years. After the Persian gulf Operation Desert Storm and Shield, now Operation Iraq Freedom, there was a critical need for direct community-based services to veterans and their families that overwhelmed the VA service health care system. The Veteran Service Outreach Program-VSOP was created to fulfill part of this need. Dr. Beavers served on the CAPP project, addressing disparities in mental/health care, foster care, and adoption care among African American and Latino communities within the DFCS. Dr. Beavers serves as a community professional with the Culturally Competent Academy at San Diego State University, helping implement the Affordable Health Care act in San Diego County.

Dr. Beavers graduated from La Salle University with an M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Suma cum Laude, and soon after obtained a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Magna Sum Laude from La Salle.

Select Publications include:

  • Psych-discourse the Association of Black Psychologists: “A Warrior Gone Home”

  • Health and Wellness Magazine – Feature article: “Jegna” A Healing Warrior

  • Text: Evidenced based Cognitive Behavior Therapy Model: “Recovering A-NEW” A Culturally Competent Cognitive Behavior Treatment Model. (2010 Copyright) Dr. Ronald Beavers All Rights Reserved

Principal Faculty

Glacier Hiker, Ballerina, Dreamer

Trauma Surgery PA

Dr. Beavers Katie Thompson began her career in medicine as an EMT in South Central Los Angeles and Inglewood, where she served the emergency medicine needs of the community for seven years. While she had a passion for emergency medical services and firefighting, she wanted to be able to form a deeper connection with patients and have a stronger emphasis on health education and empowerment, so she turned to PA and it was love at first sight! She earned a Master of Clinical Health Services from the University of Washington MEDEX in 2016 and has spent the last three years working in the specialties of emergency medicine, urgent care, and trauma surgery. She is also a forensic examiner with a strong background in the comprehensive and compassionate care of survivors of sexual trauma, domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking. She loves world travel and the opportunities to experience different cultures that it brings, developing her skills en pointe as an adult beginner ballerina, and being outdoors as much as possible. Katie serves as Principal Faculty for the PA program and teaches a variety of courses in the curriculum, including the sexual assault curriculum.

Instructional Faculty

Mystery Seeker

Molecular Biologist

Dr. Jorge N. ArtazDr. Jorge N. Artaza is an Associate Professor in the College of Science & Health and faculty for the PA Program. Dr. Artaza also holds appointments in the Department of Internal Medicine and Health & Life Sciences at CDU and Department of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Artaza will be involved in teaching many courses within the PA Program including Microbiology & Infectious Disease, Diagnostic Skills & Procedures, Hematology/Oncology and Medical Spanish.

Dr. Artaza received his M.S. degree in Biochemistry and his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology, both from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina. He was a Fellow at the Methodist Center for Reproduction and Transplantation Immunology, Methodist Hospital of Indiana, where he was trained in Histocompatibility & Immunology of pregnancy. He was a visiting scientist at UCLA in a training program in Histocompatibility, Molecular biology, DNA oligotyping, and PCR technology at the UCLA/Tissue Typing Laboratory.

Dr. Artaza worked independently as a Hematologist / Immunologist at various prestigious institutions in Buenos Aires, Argentina, such as the Israeli Hospital "Ezra", the Italian Hospital, and the Otamendi & Miroli hospital.

Dr. Artaza was a postdoctoral fellow at the Division of Endocrinology at CDU. He is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Glenn Foundation Endocrinology & Aging Grant Award (Endocrine Society), the Glaxo Smith-Kline Endocrinology Scholar Award (AFMR), Endocrinology Scholar Award (AFMR) and the Travel Grant Award (Endocrine Society, RCMI and NIH Summit). His research interests are focused on understanding the process of fibrosis, a leading cause of organ failure and inflammation. He has identified previously known factors such as Myostatin, Follistatin and Vitamin D as responsible for promoting or inhibiting fibrosis.

Dr. Artaza received the 2014 UK Society for Endocrinology’s Journal Award. For the best paper published in Journal of Molecular Endocrinology during 2014. The Society for Endocrinology promotes the advance of endocrinology and recognizes and rewards progress in the field through its Awards.

Contact Information:
Jorge Artaza, PhD, MS
Program Faculty & Associate Professor
P:(323) 563-4915
E: jorgeartaza@cdrewu.edu  

Principal Faculty

Seeker of Social Justice

HIV/AIDS specialist

Dr. Jorge N. Artaz Professor Findley is Principal Faculty in the PA Program. His first educational experience in the allied health sciences began in the United States Army as a 91B: Medical Specialist. Throughout his four years in the army, he obtained EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate and EMT-Paramedic certifications. Upon his departure, he began taking prerequisites for PA school at Malcolm X College in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois and also worked as a paramedic. Following his graduation from Malcolm X College, Findley started working at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago in the inpatient and outpatient HIV service departments.

Professor Findley has since moved to Los Angeles, where he obtained a Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences degree with honors from CDU and has worked at the neighboring OASIS Clinic/Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center. He earned his master’s degree in Physician Assistant Sciences from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Click here to read “Poetry by Prof. Findley”

Instructional Faculty

Wearer of Many Hats

Medical Socialist

Dr. Mohsen Bazargan Dr. Mohsen Bazargan is a Professor at Charles R. Drew University and UCLA School of Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Bazargan is the President of Academic Senate, and the Director of Research at the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Program at CDU. Dr. Bazargan will be teaching Research Methods for the PA Program, a course that includes a mixture of biostatistics, epidemiology and research methods.

Dr. Bazargan is a Medical Sociologist with extensive training in the fields of aging, research methodology, evaluation, and statistics. He is currently Assistant Editor for the Journal of the American Geriatric Society.

He received his Ph.D in Medical Sociology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has been a member of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science faculty since 1993, and was previously on the faculty of Xavier University. Dr. Bazargan’s research related activities are concentrated around the health status and health disparities experienced by racial/ethnic minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged populations. He has conducted several large population and community based surveys on access and utilization of health services by underserved minority older adults.

Dr. Bazargan has authored more than 92 scientific papers many of which address access to care, barriers to medical care, use of health services, racial disparities, and health outcomes among elderly African American populations. During the last ten years, he has been funded by several federal agencies including the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), the Administration for Children and Family (AHF), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to conduct research and interventional studies among minority populations.

Instructional Faculty

LGBTQ Advocate

Dermatology PA

Professor PurmortProfessor Berger is a firm believer in “paying it forward” when it comes to medical education. Her passion for creating culturally competent clinicians brought her to Charles R. Drew University (CDU) where she educates students in improving the healthcare of the LGBTQ population. Her goal is to decrease health disparities that exist in the LGBTQ community and increase LGBTQ inclusion by incorporating proper training into Physician Assistant curriculum.

She is certified by the National Commission on the Certification for Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and licensed by the state of California. In addition, Kerin is an associate member of numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Physician Assistants, California Association of Physician Assistants, Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants, and the LGBT Physician Assistant Caucus.

Kerin holds a Master’s of Health Sciences degree and Certificate of Physician Assistant Studies from Quinnipiac University. She received her Bachelor’s of Arts in Chemistry and a minor in Biological Anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton University. Kerin works full-time at the Los Angeles LGBT Center providing sexual health education, transgender care, and HIV prevention and post-exposure treatment. In addition, she works part-time in a dermatology clinic. She worked as an adjunct professor in dermatology at Bryant University in Rhode Island and precepted Physician Assistant students from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Kerin has been to 39 states, most of which have been with her dog Rilo and her wife Jordan. She loves hiking, biking, reading, and exploring the many landscapes of California.

Instructional Faculty

Transformational Speaker

Black Belt

Model

Professor PurmortDr. Nathan can turn the world on with his smile. Now an Adjunct Professor in the College of Science & Health for the PA Program, the quote, “Look at me now,” best describes Dr. Nathan’s journey from a child who acted out, was diagnosed with a learning disability, and was frequently teased, to a young man who has his doctorate degree, is the CEO and founder of a corporation, and compliments himself before anyone else gets the chance.

He has his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and specializes in urban trauma, bereavement, and personal development. He conducted his doctoral research on the occurrence of Tupac Shakur’s concept of Thug Life in the lives of inner city Black men. Dr. Nathan is the CEO of Thug Child Consulting, LLC (www.thugchild.com), the author of “Fit for the Throne,” and a 2nd-degree Blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do. He is obsessed with becoming the best version of himself and being in top physical, mental, and spiritual condition.

Instructional Faculty

Super Uncle

Radiologist

Dr. Kiarash VahidiKiarash Vahidi (Kia) is a board certified radiologist, with subspecialty training in Breast Imaging and Abdominal Imaging and serves as Adjunct Assistant Professor for the PA Program. He completed medical school and his radiology residency training at the University of California San Francisco. He subsequently finished Breast Imaging and Body Imaging fellowships at USC/LA County hospitals. After completion of his subspecialty training he worked in the private practice setting for two years at which time he decided to re-join the academic radiology setting. Kia now works full time at the West LA VA where he practices Abdominal Imaging and is the head of Breast Imaging. He also holds a faculty appointment at UCLA and enjoys working with the UCLA residents daily at the VA and given his relationship with the residents has recently been appointed as the VA residency site director.  Kia has always had an interest in teaching and has experience in medical education, especially in radiology. On his spare time Kia loves spending time with his 5 nephews and 1 niece! He is also a humble artist, amateur furniture refurbisher and proudly boasts of a ‘green thumb’.  We are thrilled to have Dr. Vahidi join the PA Team to teach students various imaging modalities both in the classroom and in the clinical setting!

Instructional Faculty

Amateur Decoupager

Geneticist

Dr. Suzanne Porszasz-Reisz Dr. Suzanne Porszasz-Reisz is an Associate Professor at Charles R. Drew University and Adjunct Assistant Professor at David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. Dr. Reisz teaches Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Human Genetics, and her newly developed course, Clinical Biotechnology. She has an NIH awarded, major research grant and is a co-investigator in clinical research grants. Dr. Reisz will be teaching genetics for the PA Program.

Dr. Reisz earned two MS degrees (Biology and Clinical Research) and two PhDs (Genetics and Molecular Biology). Over the course of her career, she has taught in Budapest, Helsinki, and Los Angeles, California. She has mentored over twenty graduate level students and many undergraduate students. Dr. Reisz was the two-time recipient of the “Instructor of the Year” award from Pecs University Medical School in Hungary.

Her earlier research interest was on molecular mechanism of chemical carcinogenesis, and currently her research projects cover the areas of skeletal muscle atrophy, aging, and obesity. She has developed animal models to investigate these symptoms. She has research experiences at three medical universities, and was invited as a visiting scientist to France, Finland and the United States. She has authored 25 research papers in peer reviewed journals including Science, a book chapter, 52 abstracts at national and international meetings; is an inventor with a U.S patent; and is currently a member of seven professional societies.

She loves hiking, swimming, doing art (painting and decoupage) and listening to music. Her favorite opera is Donizetti, which features Anna Bolena. Her favorite song is Imagine by John Lennon. Her favorite instruments are the drums and the piano. Most of all, she loves to teach and do research!

Instructional Faculty

Animal Aficionado

Master Linguist

Dr. Suzanne Porszasz-Reisz Nick Arce is a Certified Healthcare Interpreter who works as the Director of Patient Relations and Interpreter Services at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital, and Community Hospital Long Beach. In this role, he collaborates with hospital leadership to improve the patient and family experience and reduce language barriers.

Throughout the past decade, Nick has served as a Board Member for the California Healthcare Interpreting Association, taught healthcare interpreting at California State University, Fullerton and medical translation at Denver University. He holds a Master of Arts in Spanish Linguistics and Literature, Master of Library and Information Science, and Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpretation Studies.

During his undergraduate career, Nick studied abroad at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain and enjoyed lots of great tapas and vino tinto! 
Nick is an art and animal lover, foodie, and world traveler! A few of his favorite places include Barcelona, Spain; Cape Town, South Africa; and Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. 

When he’s not busy working, he loves hiking, going to concerts, and binge-watching shows on Netflix.

Professor Arce is an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the PA Program and will be teaching Medical Spanish. We are delighted to have him join our crew!