Kerry L. Whitaker, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Kerry L. Whitaker, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Physician Assistant Program Director
Department Chair


Dr. Kerry Whitaker is a licensed and certified physician assistant (PA) medical practitioner with more than 22 years experience in the areas of clinical medicine, medical education, and leadership. He is an experienced University Physician Assistant Program Department Chair and Program Director with a demonstrated history of working in the medical education industry leading a PA program to a top performer. He has significant experience in establishing, fostering, and maintaining community and university stakeholder collaborations and partnerships at the local, state, and national levels. He is skilled in Clinical Research, Nonprofit Organizations, Customer Service, Medical Education, Strategic Planning, and Patient/Clinical/Student Education, among others.

Dr. Whitaker graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Physician Assistant studies from Kettering College of Medical Arts in 1997. Dr. Whitaker is board certified in medicine and earned special recognition in surgery by taking the surgical boards at the time of graduating his PA education. He went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Clinical Leadership with a concentration in Practice Management and Research from The George Washington University in 2004 and was conferred a Doctorate in Health Science degree from Nova Southeastern University in 2014 with his capstone in Medical Simulation in Physician Assistant Education.

Clinically, Dr. Whitaker has experience in Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at the University of Florida as well as in the private practice setting in southwest Florida as well as in Vascular and Interventional Radiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as maintaining a current clinical practice in Vascular and Interventional Radiology with Medical Center Radiology Group in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Whitaker has published peer reviewed articles, performed medical research, written grants, and has been teaching medicine for the last 10 years, including faculty development in teaching. Additionally, he has delivered presentations at state and regional conferences, held local and state leadership positions, and currently teaches Organizational Behavior and Leadership at the doctorate level as an online adjunct member with two Doctorate of Medical Science programs.

Dr. Whitaker became a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in 2015. He has also earned honors with the Alpha Eta, National Honor Society, inducted as an NSU Alumni Member, August 2015 and the Pi Alpha, National Honor Society, inducted Faculty Member, August 2015. He was also recognized by the Florida Department of Health, Saint Johns County for innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Responsiveness and Excellence for his volunteer work at a special needs shelter in Saint Johns County in 2016 during Hurricane Matthew.

In his spare time, Dr. Whitaker enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with his family.