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.

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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.


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 Vines-Douglas, MSHS, PA-C
Academic Coordinator
Assistant Professor

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.

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Jennifer Griffith, MSPAS, PA-C
Clinical Coordinator
Assistant Professor

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 undergraduate, 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.

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Yufu Kuo, DC, MS
Associate Academic Coordinator
Assistant Professor

Yufu KuoDr. 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.


Samuel Paik, PA-C
Associate Clinical Coordinator
Assistant Professor

Sam PaikSam Paik, PA-C graduated from South University in 2013 and has been working in the Emergency Room since graduation. He worked initially with Genesis Health Systems in Illinois for two years and then spent eight months in Baja, California working with migrant farm workers. There he ran a small clinic and provided medical education to the community, as well as health classes to 5th and 6th graders. He then moved to the sunny paradise of southern California and has been working in lower income areas in LA county to a large Spanish speaking patient population. Cross cultural medical missions have always been important, as well taking him to countries all over the world, including Central and South America, Kenya, and Eastern Asia. Sam Paik has a passion for social justice and in the realm of medicine, ameliorating health care disparities.

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Otis Zeon, MD
Lead Clinical Coordinator
Assistant Professor

Otis ZeonI have a long-lasting love and calling for teaching. I started teaching during my undergraduate years at the College of St. Scholastica, where I graduated with a double major in Fine Arts and Biology. I received a Master of Biological Sciences degree from Drexel University and proceeded to attend medical school. I graduated with an MD degree from St. George’s School of Medicine and continued to receive a Master of Business Administration degree. I have had an extensive work in Behavior Health and volunteering in my communities, including working as a counselor in the State of Delaware and doing and externship at the Delaware Psychiatric Center. My long-term goals are to serve in a leadership capacity of a medical institution, and to volunteer a quarter of my time providing healthcare to underprivileged and underserved communities. While in medical school, I started the development of a universal medical software and system which I believe will help close the gap with healthcare delivery and disparity. I enjoy spending time with my family, along with good music, traveling, art and foods.

Martha Bob-Manuel, MD
Assistant Professor

Martha Bob-Manuel, MDMartha Bob-Manuel is a graduate of Aureus University School of Medicine in Aruba. She enjoys providing mentorship and guidance to students. She completed her clinical clerkship/externship in Chicago, Illinois at Swedish Covenant Hospital and Essen Medical Group New York. Martha has practical experience in Tropical Medicine from Nigeria. She has participated in medical tourism expeditions to countries in the Caribbean and Africa. For years she volunteered at Badlani and Associates and provided health services to a wide variety of patients in underserved communities in South Chicago. Martha received a diploma in Effective College Instruction from the American Council on Education (ACE) and the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) in 2022.

Moshen Bazargan, PhD
Instructional Faculty

Yufu KuoDr. 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.

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Imani Williams, PA
Adjunct 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.

Nick Arce, MA, MS, CPXP, CHI, CMI
Adjunct Faculty

Nick ArceProfessor 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.

Sharon Mohale, MPAS, PA-C
Adjunct Faculty

Sharon MohaleSharon Mohale is a board-certified physician assistant who specializes in medical dermatology. Sharon has worked in medicine since 2006, and as a dermatology physician assistant for the past 13 years. She has a passion to share her medical expertise with PA students through classroom instruction and mentoring.

Arnel M. Joaquin, MD
Clinical Liaison Faculty

Margarita Loeza, MDArnel 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 Ani MD. MPH. PhD
Clinical Liaison Faculty

Chizobam O. Ani, MD, MPH, PhDChizobam Ani M.D., M.P.H. PhD is an internist and epidemiologist. He is a graduate of the University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Loma Linda University. He also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Wichita State University and the University of Kansas in addition to a PhD in Epidemiology from Loma Linda University. Dr. Ani’s primary research interest is focused on cardiometabolic diseases particularly risk factors and interventions to mitigate these risks among minority ethnic communities. He is currently working on several studies aimed at understanding the unique role of diabetes on cardiomyopathy and heart failure among ethnic minorities.

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Allen S. Funnyé, MD, FACP
Clinical Liaison Faculty

Allen S. Funnyé, MD, FACP

Allen S. Funnyé, MD, FACP received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and medical degree from Howard University.  He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Associate Professor of Medicine at Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in both the College of Medicine and College of Science and Health. He holds professional memberships in the American College of Physicians and the American Geriatrics Society.

He has published articles on HIV and the elderly and has a book chapter in “Antibiotic Therapy for Geriatric Patients” (T. Yoshikawa ed.) on the treatment of HIV in older adults including comorbidities and prevention; a book chapter in “Infection Management for Geriatrics in Long-Term Care Facilities” (T. Yoshikawa ed.) on Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection in the Nursing Home; and has published a review article on syphilis and HIV co-infection. His other interests include behavioral disorders in dementia, functional assessments in mild cognitive impairment and prevention of progression, and the role of vitamin d deficiency in both osteoporosis and alveolar bone loss.

Glenda Lindsey, MD
Clinical Liaison Faculty

Glenda LindseyDr. Glenda Lindsey graduated from Carleton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. She completed her medical degree at University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine. Dr. Lindsey trained at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in the department of Pediatrics. She completed her fellowship in Ambulatory Pediatrics at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She also completed a fellowship in Medical Education at UCLA School of Medicine. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair in the Department of Pediatrics at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

Dr. Delia Santana, PhD, RN, MSN, MPH, CNS, PHN
Campus Nursing Officer for Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

Delia SantanaDr. Delia Santana is the Assistant Provost for Clinical Affairs and Hospital Partnerships, and Campus Nursing Officer at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). Dr. Santana operates all Clinical Affairs and COVID-19 operations for CDU. Dr. Santana increases CDU’s national visibility by connecting with clinical sites to share our University vision and mission and to both expand and form new clinical partnerships. Dr. Santana is a past Acting Dean and Chief Nursing Administrator for the Mervyn M. Dymally School Nursing where she effectively provided leadership through the CA Board of Registered Nursing approval of the Nurse Practitioner Programs. Additionally, she led the school through its WASC approval of the new Doctor of Nursing Practice program and its inaugural launch in September 2021.

Before coming to CDU, Dr. Santana served with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health for 17 years as a Public Health Nursing Administrator in Service Planning Area 8 (South Bay area) covering over 23 cities and a population of over 1.5 million residents. In this capacity, she played a pivotal role in the leadership of public health nurses in the control and prevention of infectious diseases and disease outbreaks.


Holly Johnson, MPH
Program Manager

Holly Johnson, MPHHolly 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.

Ruby Montenegro, BA
Program Assistant

Ruby Montenegro, BARuby Montenegro is the Program Assistant for the Physician Assistant program at Charles R. Drew University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration from California State Dominguez Hills University. Ruby serves on the Charles R. Drew University Staff Council, where she coordinates major events for the University. In her spare time, Ruby enjoys hiking, rock-climbing and traveling to new places.

Revecca Millán, MS
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 (CDU).

Revecca completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Classical Civilization at University of California, Los Angeles. 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. Her experience inspired her to pursue her Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences at CDU. The title of her Master thesis is The Role of COMB-4 on the Activation of the BMP/SMAD/RUNX2/OSTERIX Pathway in the Prevention of Osteoporosis. Additionally, through her extracurricular activities Revecca serves as the Garden Coordinator at CDU. She coordinates garden sessions for CDU students in order to improve student success and wellness by raising awareness of gardening activities to reduce and mitigate the effects of student burnout.

Talegria Brown, PhD
Research Associate

Talegria Brown, PhDDr. Talegria Brown is a Research Associate for the Physician Assistant Program at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Brown received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Boise State University, where she was a McNair Scholar. Upon receiving her bachelor’s degree, Dr. Brown immediately began her doctoral journey surpassing entering a master’s program. Dr. Brown received her Ph.D. in Public Health from Florida International University from the Department of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention. While in graduate school, Dr. Brown worked for the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 investigation team as a Biological Scientist. She is a McKnight Dissertation Fellow, and a first-generation college graduate. Her research background is focused on chronic disease prevention, health disparities in minority communities, and the role of diet, physical activity, and stress in chronic disease prevention. Dr. Brown plans to develop culturally tailored interventions to alleviate the hypertension health disparity in the Black community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.