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Lisa Alexander

Lisa Alexander

Professor of Physician Assistant Studies

Office Phone: 202-994-0659
Email: Email
Department: Physician Assistant Studies


  • BA, Providence College, 1976
  • PA-C, George Washington University, 1979
  • MPH, George Washington University, 1989
  • EdD, George Washington University, 2003


Dr. Lisa Alexander is a veteran PA educator and has served the GW PA program for 35 years.  During that time, she has had numerous roles including Program Director and now is principal faculty with the Program, teaching both didactic and clinical students. In addition, she served as the Assistant Dean for Community-Based Partnerships from 1999-2015, where she organized and promoted the School's clinical outreach and service learning activities. She has been the Principal Investigator for multiple funding awards including 15 years of continuous HRSA support for a multi-institutional partnership that promoted primary care training for MD, NP, and PA students from across the region.  Dr. Alexander brings a strong background in PA education, primary care, health services and workforce research, and national policy related to PA practice and utilization. In 2015 she was elected to a 3 year term on the Board of Directors for the PA Education Association(PAEA) and currently serves as President. She is a supervising clinician in the Student HEALing clinic, a volunteer activity staffed by MD and PA students. In 2011, Dr. Alexander received the Margaret B. and Cyril A. Schulman Distinguished Service Award and in 2009, was the faculty recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.


  • Physician Assistant


View publications by this faculty member from January 1, 2013 - present

Alexander LM, Keahey D, Dixon K. Opioid use disorder: a public health emergency. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. October 2018 - Volume 31 - Issue 10 - p 47–52. doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000545072.09344.ee PMID: 30252764 Link

Auth P, Carlson R, Davison M., Assessing the Impact of a Professional Development Program for PA Program Directors, Journal of Physician Assistant Education. September 2018 - Volume 29 - Issue 3 - p 138–143. doi: 10.1097/JPA.0000000000000214

Additional publications published before January 1, 2013 may be available within Himmelfarb Library's database.

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported a financial interest with the healthcare related companies listed below. These relations have been reported to the University and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts.

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