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Maura Polansky

Maura Polansky

Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Office Phone: 202-994-7644
Email: Email
Department: Physician Assistant Studies


  • BA Psychology, University of Texas Austin, 1988
  • MS, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, 1994
  • MHPE, University of Illinois Chicago, 2011


Maura Polansky is an Associate Professor & Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies.   Through these roles, she fosters collaborative practice in teaching, research and service. Ms. Polansky’s clinical background is in cancer care having practiced as a PA for more than 20 years at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center before joining GW SMHS in early 2018.  She currently provides instruction related to oncology within the PA program and provides support for curriculum development for the Post-Baccalaurete Pre-Medicine Program.

Ms. Polansky’s research interests include health professions education and collaborative medical practice. She has published and presented nationally and internationally regarding the clinical practice in oncology, physician assistant education, interprofessional education and collaborative learning. She serves as a peer reviewer for several health professions journals into the Journal of the American Academcy of Physician Assistants, Journal of Physician Assistant Education and Journal of Oncology Practice.

Ms. Polansky has devoted her career to professional service through her leadership in numerous professional organizations. She has been honored with several professional awards and recognitions.


  • Physician Assistant
  • Post-Bacc Pre-Med


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