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About Karen Graham-Burnet, Ph.D.

As a PA for over 20 years, Dr. Graham-Burnet has clinical practice experience in geriatrics, neurology, and primary care. She held faculty positions in the PA programs at the University of Toledo (2005-2009) and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (2009-2021) prior to joining the developing PA Program at Cedarville University in the fall of 2021. She has taught a variety of courses in PA programs and particularly enjoys helping students develop evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning skills. Her research agenda is focused on PA faculty development and retention. Dr. Graham-Burnet is active in PA organizations at the state and national level and is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.


Present Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, Cedarville University School of Allied Health

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Government Relations Steering Committee, Physician Assistant Education Association
2018 - Present Chair, Subcommittee for Poster Peer Review, Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants
2010 - Present Fellow Member, Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants
2000 - Present Fellow Member, American Academy of Physician Assistants
2018 - 2021 Member, Society of Point Care Ultrasound
2010 - 2020 Department Editor, Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants
2010 - 2020 Program Liaison, Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants
2016 - 2018 Secretary/Treasurer, Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants
2013 - 2017 Member, Physician Assistant Education Research Council
2013 - 2015 Member, Employment Guide Committee, Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants
2010 - 2012 Member, Physician Assistant Education Writing Subcommittee
2007 - 2009 Member, Physician Assistant Education Education Subcomittee
2005 - 2009 Fellow Member, Ohio Academy of Physician Assistants
2007 - 2008 Program Historian, Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History
2002 - 2005 Associate Member, American Medical Directors Association
2000 - 2005 Fellow Member, Iowa Academy of Physician Assistants
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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants - 2017
  • Article of the Year Award, Physician Assistant Education Association - 2015
  • Didactic Program Faculty Award, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse - 2011
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Toledo Department of Physician Assistant Studies - 2009
  • Award for New Faculty Excellence, Physician Assistant Education Association - 2007
  • Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, Medical University of Ohio - 2006
  • Outstanding Pain Management Award, Mercy Pain Services - 2003
  • Dennis R. Oliver Student Recognition Award, University of Iowa - 2000
  • Academic Achievement Award, Pensacola Christian College - 1998


Ph.D., University of Toledo
B.S., Pensacola Christian College
M.P.A.S., University of Iowa

Contact Information

School of Allied Health
Cedarville University


Journal Articles (18)

Conference Presentations (11)