Program Director

Lucy W. Kibe, DrPH, MS, MHS, PA-C
Program Director

Dr. Kibe Dr. Kibe has served in various capacities as a PA, researcher, and healthcare leader in the US and abroad. She is a graduate of the Drexel University Physician Assistant Program. Prior to that, she received a Doctor of Public Health degree (DrPH) with a concentration in community health and prevention, also from Drexel University, and a master's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Akron. Dr. Kibe is also a graduate of the Insights Leadership Fellowship from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and an inductee of the Alpha Eta Society for academic excellence and leadership achievement.

Dr. Kibe has held several clinical leadership positions, including Chief Medical Quality Officer and Director of Clinical and Wellness Services. She has devoted her life in service to the underserved by working at Federally Qualified Health Centers, serving individuals who are marginalized and/or experiencing homelessness. She has led clinical teams to design and implement protocols for strategic quality improvement for better patient outcomes. Additionally, she has pioneered wellness initiatives to address disease prevention and improve the quality of life for vulnerable patients, particularly those with diabetes and hypertension.

As an educator, Dr. Kibe is a passionate teacher, mentor, and academic leader. She has taught several didactic and clinical courses to PA students. She has also been a clinical preceptor for many PA and NP students and served as the first director of an innovative doctoral degree program in Virginia. Prior to becoming a PA, Dr. Kibe was a public health researcher. She managed several NIH-funded research grants at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include leadership, academic advancement for PAs, and improvement of healthcare outcomes in chronic disease.

Dr. Kibe is an avid advocate for PAs and PA education. She is the chair of the Commission on Research and Strategic Initiatives for the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). As an international scholar and philanthropist, Dr. Kibe leads and coordinates international medical trips for various healthcare professionals and volunteers. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travelling and exploring interior designs.

Medical Director

David Martins, MD
Medical Director

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.

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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.

Faculty

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 explore below to meet our PA Program professors. Keep checking back frequently as our team continues to grow!

Greta Vine-Douglas, MSHS, PA-C
Principal Faculty

Fabros  Professor Vines-Douglas is an alumnus of USC, Western University and CSU Dominguez Hills, Greta Vines-Douglas is a native of Southern California, who grew up in the community surrounding CDU. Known affectionately as “Prof G”, Professor Vines-Douglas specializes in Family Medicine and Pediatrics, having over 20 years of experience practicing medicine in low-income communities in the Southern California area. She brings 8 years of prior experience in PA education and a desire to help create PA’s who are compassionate and fearless as they serve their communities with excellence. She currently serves as Academic Coordinator for the PA program, working with faculty and staff to produce the best and brightest PA graduates in the nation. Professor Vines-Douglas also teaches and assists in several courses within the program as an Assistant Professor.

Jennifer Griffith, PA-C
Principal Faculty

Dr. Beavers Professor Griffith is a strong supporter of patient centered medical care and believes in educating patients on their health and comorbidities to give them the tools to become their own healthcare advocates. This passion led her to physician assistant education in hopes of instilling in a new generation of providers the importance of becoming compassionate clinicians with a dedication to the communities they serve.

Originally a New Englander at heart, Jenn graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University in Boston where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience in 2014. She then went on to receive her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the Pace University – Lenox Hill Hospital program in New York, NY where she graduated valedictorian of her class in 2016. She is a member of both the Pi Alpha and Nu Rho Psi honor societies. She is certified by the National Commission on the Certification for Physician Assistants (NCCPA). She is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), American Academy of Neurology (AAN), Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), and Association of Neurology Physician Assistants. As a certified physician assistant, she has spent her career working in general outpatient neurology and urgent care medicine. She has a special interest in neuroimmunology, dementia, and mental health advocacy. While in undergrad, she founded the Northeastern chapter of Active Minds, an organization dedicated to changing the conversation about mental health on college campuses and bringing awareness to mental health issues.

Imani Williams, PA
Principal Faculty
CDU Alum

Imani WilliamsProfessor Williams is a graduate of Charles R. Drew University, a veteran instructor of CDU with over three decades in General and Trauma Surgery in South Los Angeles. She has dedicated her career to working in underserved communities, which has provided her the opportunity to give back to her community. Providing quality healthcare, training and teaching the future healthcare providers of tomorrow has taught her to be more humble. She joins the PA Crew to take over the Emergency Surgery curriculum.

Emily WhiteHorse, PhD, PA-C
Curriculum, Assessment and Accreditation Coordinator

Margarita Loeza, MD Dr. WhiteHorse started teaching over 30 years and remains devoted and committed to education and passionate about fostering excellence in the preparation of future physician assistants. She started her professional career as a high school teacher and athletic trainer for seven years before becoming a physician assistant. Dr. WhiteHorse has 13 years of clinical practice experience in orthopedics, general surgery, and occupational medicine in private practice, hospital, and clinic settings. Over the past 25 years, Dr. WhiteHorse has worked in PA education in various roles across the country, including faculty member, academic coordinator, clinical coordinator, and associate program director. She holds a bachelor’s, master's and doctoral degrees in education.

For the past 10 years, Dr. WhiteHorse has focused her attention on finding ways to provide faculty development and mentorship to those new to PA education and working with programs to support review and revision of curriculum and assessment, and preparation for accreditation.

Her interest in holistic medicine has resulted in several publications in professional journals, a book chapter, and national conference presentations. She served as the PAEA representative to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy in Washington, DC, in 2001 and the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine 5 Year Strategic Planning Meeting in Seattle in 2004. Dr. WhiteHorse was the first PA to serve on the Board of Trustees of the American Holistic Medical Association from 2003 to 2007.

Jorge N. Artaza, MS, PhD
Instructional Faculty

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.

 

Moshen Bazargan, PhD
Instructional Faculty

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.

Margarita Loeza, MD
Instructional Faculty

Margarita Loeza, MD Margarita Loeza, MD is a graduate of the University of California School of Medicine at San Diego. She attended Occidental College where she completed a degree in Biology. Dr. Loeza trained at the San Bernardino County Hospital in the department of Family Medicine. During residency, she was chosen to serve as the Associate Chief Resident. After residency, she returned as a volunteer to the Venice Family Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health Center, where she and her family were patients. In 2001, Dr. Loeza started as a staff physician at the Venice Family Clinic and is currently the Chief Medical Information Officer. She works closely with clinic leaders to maintain and the electronic health record and implement telehealth. Part of her job includes being the sole provider at the VFC school-based teen clinic at Santa Monica High School providing confidential services.

Outside of VFC, Doctor Loeza volunteers. She is the faculty advisor for UCLA Flying Samaritans who run a monthly clinic in Tijuana. Dr. Loeza helps deliver free health care along with other volunteers to a small community. Because she is a proponent of social justice, Dr. Loeza volunteers at Homeboy Industries on a monthly basis performing laser tattoo removal on former gang members so they can be gainfully employed. She is a mentor to disadvantaged medical and pre-health students. Dr. Loeza joined Alliance in Mentorship to inspire young Latino students to study medicine. Dr. Loeza is currently faculty at the PA program at Charles R Drew University, a board member of Doctors for Global Health and an Executive Board Member for Latino Physicians of California. Dr. Loeza is the daughter of Mexican Immigrants, a first-generation college. Most importantly, she is the mother of Ricky Loeza.  

Sharon Mohale, PA-C
Instructional Faculty

Sharon Mohale, PA-C Professor Mohale grew up in Lesotho, Southern Africa, and moved to the United States 29 years ago. She graduated from Chatham University Master of Physician Assistant Studies program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in December 2005. She has worked as a physician assistant for 15 years - 13 years in Dermatology, and 2 years in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. After graduating from PA school, she spent time working in several offices of the Pittsburgh Primary Health Care Services underserved clinics, while teaching part time as adjunct faculty in the Chatham University PA program. She is currently working in medical dermatology, while working as part time faculty at Charles Drew University PA program since May 2019.

 

Arnel M. Joaquin, MD
Clinical Liaison

Margarita Loeza, MD Arnel M Joaquin, MD graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in Manila, Philippines and completed his residency at the Wayne State University Internal Medicine Program in Detroit, Michigan. He did a 2-year fellowship training in Geriatrics at the UCLA School of Medicine. Dr. Joaquin has been involved with Charles R. Drew University as the chief of geriatrics and program director of the geriatric fellowship program. Being very active in academic medicine, he has trained fellows, residents, medical and PA students in the inpatient, outpatient, skilled nursing facilities, and non-institutional settings. Dr. Joaquin is currently the internal medicine residency program director at the College of Medicine and the internal medicine coordinator for the PA program at the College of Science and Health. His main areas of practice are primary care in adults and geriatric patients.

Chizobam O. Ani, MD, MPH
Clinical Liaison

Chizobam O. Ani, MD, MPH, PhD  Dr. Ani completed his medical degree at University College Hospital Ibadan Nigeria. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Loma Linda University. He also graduated from Wichita State University Kansas and University of Kansas with a Master of Public Health degree. His primary area of research has focused on cardio-metabolic diseases and cancer prevention for the underserved, minority communities. Dr. Ani has participated in several research studies and authored/co-authored a number of research articles concerning the prevention and improvement of primary care services for under-privileged patients suffering from chronic diseases.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Nick Arce, MA, MS, CPXP, CHI, CMI

Nick Arce Professor Arce graduated from California State University of Long Beach in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpersonal Studies. In 2008, he earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree. Additionally, he completed a Master of Arts degree in Spanish Linguistics and Literature. He is also a certified medical interpreter. Professor Arce teaches vocabulary, grammatical principles, and sentence structure needed by those in the medical field. His focus is primarily on methods to take a medical history, perform physical examinations, and counsel patients in Spanish to enhance the patient-healthcare provider relationship. Professor Arce supports future physician assistants, nursing and radiology technologist’s language and cultural competency.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Manuel St. Martins, MD, JD

Manual Saint Martins, MD, JD Dr. Saint Martin attended Stanford University for three years and majored in biology. He graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1982. After two years of residency in general surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dr. Saint Martin completed a psychiatry residency at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center. He is board certified in general psychiatry and has offices in New York City and Los Angeles. Dr. Saint Martin attended Southwestern University School of Law while a resident physician in psychiatry and he graduated in 1989. He is licensed to practice law as a member of the state bars of California, New York and New Jersey, and the federal bars for the Central District of California and the Eastern District of New York. His law practice concentrates on probate and estates, health care law and elder law. Dr. Saint Martin has had a long career in various areas of psychiatric practice including clinical psychiatry and teaching, as well as work as a psychiatric expert for various courts.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
John Uyanne MD, MS, FACP

John Uyanne MD, MS, FACP Dr. Uyanne completed his medical degree from the University of Benin Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and his fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Angela Villasenor Pharm D, BCACP, AAHIVP, APh

Angela Villasenor Pharm D, BCACP, AAHIVP, APh Dr. Villasenor graduated from Cal State University Long Beach in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with a Minor in Chemistry, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language. In 2014, Dr. Villasenor earned her PharmD from Loma Linda University with aspirations to enter the ambulatory care field. Dr. Villasenor became a certified by the American Academy of HIV Medicine in 2017 while working as the Pharmacist-in-Charge in Aids Healthcare Foundation Pharmacy in Hollywood, CA. She earned the West Coast University “Preceptor of the Year” award in October 2018 while serving as an Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience preceptor for the School of Pharmacy.

While implementing a chronic pain management and addiction services program at AltaMed, she became a Board-Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist (BCACP) and licensed Advanced Practice Pharmacist (APh). With the goal of diversifying her clinical skills, she recently joined the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in 2020 as a clinical pharmacist to assist in the expansion of MAT and new services focusing co-morbidity management.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Vinod K. Dhawan, MD, FACP, FRCP(C), FIDSA

Vinod K. Dhawan, MD, FACP, FRCP(C), FIDSA Dr. Dhawan received his M.D. degree in 1972 in India and completed his Internship (1975-76) and Internal Medicine Residency Training (1976-78) at Cook County Hospital, Chicago. He received Fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at Cook County Hospital, Chicago (1978-79) and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles (1979-80). He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Geriatric Medicine, Infection Control and Epidemiology, HIV Medicine, and Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. He holds Fellowships in the American College of Physicians, Infectious Disease Society of America, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He has received several awards for his teaching excellence. He has authored several book chapters and peer-reviewed publications related to his research interests in antimicrobial therapy and infective endocarditis.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Yufu Kuo, DC, MS

Yufu Kuo, MD Dr. Kuo was born in Taiwan and came to the United States when he was 17. Dr. Kuo received his bachelor's degree in Biology at Ohio State University, master's degree in Mathematical Biology at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and doctoral degree in Chiropractic at Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles. Dr. Kuo has performed research in topics such as mathematical modeling of grasshoppers and wolf spiders in an ecological study, and the effects of hip osteoarthritis and chiropractic manipulation.

In addition to practicing Chiropractic, Dr. Kuo has taught anatomy and physiology with cadaver lab at several colleges, including Cleveland Chiropractic College, LA, Cerritos College, LA Trade Tech College, and Mt. San Antonio College. Furthermore, Dr. Kuo has taught several advanced courses such as musculoskeletal diagnosis, physical diagnosis, and clinical nutrition.

Staff

Deneé Easy, MA

Program Manger

Deneé Deneé Easy serves as the Program Manager for the Physician Assistant Program at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Deneé completed her Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Public Health in addition to her Masters of Arts in African American Studies: Urban Health at the University at Albany, in Albany, New York. Deneé spent most of her undergraduate, graduate, and post graduate years working in different realms of Higher Education Administration including: fraternity and sorority life, student activities, programming, research and development, and campus management.

Holly Johnson, MPH
Program Coordinator

Deneé Holly Johnson is the Program Coordinator for the Physician Assistant Program at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Holly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and her Master of Public Health degree from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Shortly before joining the Physician Assistant Program, she served as the Clinical Coordinator of the Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) at CDU. Holly truly loves the CDU mission and is grateful for the opportunity to promote it through her past service in the Division of Research and her current service to the PA students.

Stefanie Elizarraras, BS
Program Assistant

Deneé

Stefanie Elizarraras is the Program Assistant for the Physician Assistant Program at Charles R. Drew. Stefanie graduated from the University of Phoenix and received her Bachelor’s of Science in Health Administration.

 

Revecca Millán, BS
Laboratory Coordinator

MILLAN Revecca Millán assists with laboratory needs for the Physician Assistant and Biomedical Sciences Programs at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Revecca completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Classical Civilization at UCLA. As a student she spent her time volunteering in student run organizations (Chicanos and Latinos for Community Medicine and CDU/Carver Elementary Science Enrichment Program) and community organizations (PADRES Contra El Cancer) as a means to provide health and educational services to underserved communities.

Thalia Jimenez, MS
Laboratory Technician

MILLAN Thalia Jimenez is the laboratory technician for the Physician Assistant Program and Health and Life Sciences Department at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Thalia completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology with a minor in Biochemistry at CSU, Dominguez Hills and her Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences at Charles R. Drew University.

Martha Bob-Manuel, MD
Academic Support

Martha Martha Bob-Manuel serves as the Academic Support Staff for the Physician Assistant Program. Dr Bob-Manuel obtained her medical degree from Aureus University School of Medicine in Aruba. She completed her clinical clerkship in Chicago, Illinois at Swedish Covenant Hospital with some tropical medicine experience in Nigeria. She volunteered with Badlani and Associates and provided health care services to a wide variety of patients across lifespan.