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Faculty and Staff

Eric Johnson, Director, Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Eric Johnson is Director of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. Johnson is a Physician Assistant and Clinical Assistant Professor working in critical care and emergency medicine in Columbia. Prior to Stephens, he served as Vice President for the Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants and was the program’s Director for the University of Missouri’s Physician Assistant Residencies in Acute Care Medicine and Hospitalist Medicine. He also was the academic advisor for the University of Missouri’s Pre-PA Association; helping future PAs attain admission into PA school. He earned his undergraduate degree in General Studies with an emphasis in biology, chemistry and philosophy from the University of Missouri–Columbia. He graduated from Missouri State University in 2009 with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. Prior to his career as a physician assistant he was a paramedic and volunteer firefighter with 14 years of experience. He considers himself privileged to have assisted at both Ground Zero on 9/11/2001 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005, as a FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Specialist with Missouri Task Force One.

Cindy Dixon, Assistant Professor   
Cindy Dixon teaches several clinical medicine courses in the Master of Physician Assistant program in which students gain a greater understanding of disease processes, diagnosis, treatment and other skills necessary to become an exceptional clinician in the medical field. Her work experience includes 16 years in the behavioral health field in Missouri and California, and seven years as an EMT/Paramedic in Jefferson and St. Francois counties in Missouri. She taught as an adjunct instructor for psychology, sociology and some science courses at Jefferson Community College, East Central Community College and Missouri Baptist College, all of Missouri. Beginning in 2011, Dixon worked as a physician assistant, primarily in emergency medicine, in Missouri as well as four other states. She has a M.M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from Saint Louis University (2011); a M.A. in Psychology from San Diego State University (1994); and an A.A. in General Studies from Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., where she also completed the EMT and Paramedic Program (2003). 

Dr. Megan Blakemore, Academic Coordinator and Assistant Professor
Dr. Megan Blakemore, a Physician Assistant, is the Academic Coordinator and Assistant Professor with the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. She has worked as a physician assistant with Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Harry S. Truman VA Hospital for the last eight years. Blakemore served as the TAVI coordinator and was instrumental to the development of the program. She holds the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification, has served as a PA mentor and actively participates in the University of Phoenix mentor program. Blakemore received her B.S in Biology from the University of New Mexico in 2005, and she graduated from Missouri State University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2007. Blakemore completed her Doctor of Health Administration in 2013 from the University of Phoenix. Prior to becoming a PA, she served over six years on active duty in the United States Army as a Medical Specialist. 

Heather Matthews, Clinical Coordinator
Heather Matthews is a physician assistant working in hospitalist medicine at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia.  She joins Stephens College as Assistant Professor for the PA program and will serve as the Program’s Clinical Coordinator.  Additionally, she serves as the Assistant Program Director for the University of Missouri Hospital PA Fellowship in Hospitalist Medicine. Matthews attended the University of Missouri for undergraduate studies where she earned a BA in Philosophy. She is a graduate of the University of North Dakota with a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.  Prior to her career as a physician assistant she was a paramedic with 17 years of experience. She has extensive knowledge in team building and tactical medicine and has taught these subjects on a national level.

Dr. S. Hasan Naqvi, Medical Director
Dr. S. Hasan Naqvi is Medical Director for the Stephens College Physician Assistant Program. He is a board certified Internal Medicine Physician and currently working as a hospitalist and Division Director of Hospital Medicine at University of Missouri-Columbia. He earned his medical degree from Allama Iqbal Medical College, Punjab University Lahore, Pakistan. He did his Internal Medicine residency training from Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn NY where he also served as Chief Medical Resident. Prior to moving to Columbia, he has served as Medical Director for Hospital Medicine at Columbus Regional Healthcare Columbus, Ga.; Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine Columbus Campus, Ga.,  and Clinical Assistant Professor, Mercer University School of Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic  Medicine and Mercer University Physician Assistant Program. He is dedicated to medical education and currently working as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Missouri-Columbia, Program Director for Hospital Medicine Fellowship and Medical Director for Hospital Medicine Physician Assistant Fellowship. He is actively involved in clinical research and his interests are patient safety, clinical quality improvement and new drug trials. He is also Fellow of American College of Physicians (FACP) and Fellow of Hospital Medicine (FHM).

Bob Sobule, Assistant Professor and Clinical Lab Manager  
Bob Sobule will be assisting with a number of classes in the Master of Physician Assistant program in the with hopes of instilling in students a greater understanding of mental health issues and finding ways to better meet the needs of Missourians with mental health issues. He is currently completing his post-graduate fellowship in psychiatry with the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Before becoming a physician assistant, he worked for University of Missouri Health Care as an ambulance EMT and an ER tech in the emergency room. Sobule also worked as a teaching assistant in the Shelden Clinical Simulation Center with the MU School of Medicine. He has an M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from Missouri State University and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Missouri. 


Dr. Richard E. Oliver, Adjunct Faculty
Dr. Richard E. Oliver is Dean Emeritus and Founding Dean (2001) of the School of Health Professions, University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to his appointment as dean, he served as Director of the School of Health Related Professions, a position he held since 1986. During his tenure as director and dean, Oliver has held leadership positions with the Midwest Association of Allied Health Deans at Academic Health Centers and the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). Oliver obtained his B.H.S. in Medical Technology in 1971. He holds master’s and doctoral degrees in higher and adult education. He also has completed post-doctoral coursework in the MU School of Law. Oliver is a Past President and a Fellow of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. Oliver serves as an adjunct faculty member as well as a member of the Stephens College Physician Assistant Program’s Advisory Board. He also teaches an introductory course in the Stephens College School of Health Sciences. He is married to Carol Oliver, a 1976 graduate of Stephens College.


Contacts to also know.

Heather Miles, Admissions Counselor
Heather Miles is the Admissions Counselor for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. She earned her Bachelor of Educational Studies and Master of Education in Counseling at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Missouri for six years, Director of Career Services at Stephens College for eight years, and has been in her current role in Graduate Admissions since Fall 2014.

Office of Graduate and Online Admissions

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