The Academic Director is responsible for all curriculum and didactic components of the Physician Assistant program. It is the responsibility of the Academic Director to maintain that all course content meets the requirements of the ARC-PA standards. The Academic Director also oversees all instructional and adjunct faculty within the program.
Dr. Pichardo Murray is a licensed and certified physician assistant and physical therapist. She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a double minor in Chemistry and Psychology. She obtained a second Bachelor’s in Physical Therapy prior to obtaining her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant studies. She has earned a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy and a Doctorate Degree in Education.
In recognition of her achievements, Dr. Pichardo Murray has been inducted into the Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants and Alpha Eta Society for Allied Health Professionals. One of her most prized achievements was being awarded the Golden Apple Award by the Class of 2012.
Dr. Ingrid Pichardo Murray joined the faculty at AdventHealth University (AHU) as an Associate Professor and Academic Director. She graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 2001. For 8 years she practiced in the fields of orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and pediatrics. She embarked into the field of academia in March 2009. She was an integral faculty member at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Orlando campus since the program’s early beginnings. At NSU, Dr. Pichardo Murray was an Assistant Professor and a Clinical Director. As a professor, she had the opportunity to teach Physical Diagnosis I-III, Medical History Taking, Anatomy, Nutrition, and several Clinical Medicine courses. In Clinical Medicine, she developed and taught courses such as: Ear, Nose, and Throat, Pulmonology, Orthopedics, Infectious Disease, and Pediatrics.
During her interim in academia, she has been invited to be a speaker for FAPA conferences and has spoken nationally for board review courses. She has edited several physical therapy books and has recently authored a chapter in a genetics book.