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Professor Campbell serves as the Program Director of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program. Her knowledge base, clinical experience, and academic preparation make her highly qualified for this position. After high school, Mrs. Campbell enlisted and served in the United States Navy. Upon completion of military duty, she graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Med Biology, and Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry and completed her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Kentucky. She is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program for Educational Leadership (EdD) at the University of the Cumberlands and will complete her studies next year. She has worked as a Physician Assistant since graduation in 2010 at Saint Joseph London Hospital. She has worked in many medical disciplines including Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Hospitalist Medicine and Wound Care.
Professor Tipton serves as the Associate Program Director of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Program. She holds certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is licensed to practice in the state of Kentucky. Additionally, she is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Education Association. Prof. Tipton graduated from the University of the Cumberlands in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree at University of the Cumberlands. Mrs. Tipton’s clinical background as a physician assistant is in family medicine and urgent care.
Brad Hall serves as Assistant to the President for Health Professions Education & Wellness and Clinical Coordinator for the Physician Assistant Program. He has over 20 years of experience in healthcare management in long term care, acute and community health and graduate medical education. As Clinical Coordinator he develops partnerships with providers and healthcare facilities that will provide clinical training opportunities for UC Health Programs. Included in his experience is healthcare disaster preparedness and planning. Mr. Hall completed a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of the Cumberlands in Public Health Administration and his Master of Business Administration degree in December 2013 from the University of the Cumberlands.
Dr. Williams is a practicing physician who serves as the program’s Medical Director. He is board-certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties and holds licensure as an allopathic physician in the state of Kentucky. He is actively involved in the program, providing instruction, evaluating student performance, evaluating curriculum and the program itself. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He serves on various boards and committees as reflected in the faculty roster and has extensive clinical experience. He also serves as Medical Director of the Williamsburg Nursing Home and works for Baptist Health in a family practice. In bringing a wealth of clinical experience to the program, Dr. Williams provides strong leadership in the program and acts as a community advocate for the program. He enjoys hunting with his two sons. He, his wife and sons reside in Williamsburg, KY. Dr. Williams’ office is located on the first floor of the Forcht Medical Wing in Room 137.
Prof. Kendall Gilbert, MPAS, PA-C, RN BSN serves as the Academic Coordinator with teaching responsibilities. He graduated from the University of the Cumberlands in 2012 with a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. He previously graduated from Hazard Community College with an associate degree in Nursing in 2000 and later received a bachelor degree in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University. Prof. Gilbert is certified by the NCCPA and is licensed to practice in the state of Kentucky. Prof. Gilbert has experience in Cardiology as well as in the Hospitalist setting. Prof. Gilbert enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors and watching the UK Wildcats. Prof. Gilbert's office is located on the second floor of the Forcht Medical Wing in Room M227.
Candice “Morgan” Shepherd PA-C, serves as Director of Clinical Education and has academic assignments during the didactic phase. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Medical Biology from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY, after which she became a clinical laboratory technician. She then went on to obtain her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of the Cumberlands. She is a certified physician assistant whose clinical background is in emergency medicine.
Prof. Kenneth Reed, PA-C: Kenneth Reed was graduated from University of Nebraska with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. He has over forty years of medical experience ranging from time spent in the Air Force, Ohio Air National Guard and Kentucky Army National Guard. In addition to family medical practice, he has served in United States Air Force and Army National Guard as a Medical Service Specialist and later as a Physician Assistant. The practical focus of his academic assignments requires a sound clinical background in physical diagnosis, examination and procedural skills, as well as an appropriate academic preparation. In his spare time Ken enjoys playing golf and spending time with family and friends on Norris Lake. Prof. Reed’s office is located on the first floor of the Forcht Medical Wing in Room M135.
Rebecca Kraftick PA-C serves as an adjunct professor. She received her PA training from the University of Kentucky, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 1998. She began her medical career in internal medicine, specializing in cardiovascular disease and risk reduction. She received her certification as a diabetes educator in 2004 and started an insulin clinic within the internal medicine practice. She was a guest speaker for Aventis pharmaceuticals. In 2006, she transitioned from internal medicine to cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. Here her responsibilities included surgical first assist, endoscopic and open vein harvest, bedside procedures, and critical care management. In 2011, she received her Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Texas Pan-American. Currently, Rebecca is a specialty PA with Kentucky One Medical Group where she works in cardiology, pulmonary medicine, and cardiovascular and thoracic surgery.
Ben West PA-C serves as an adjunct professor. He obtained a Bachelor's of Science degree in 1999 from Morehead State University with an area of concentrated studies in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. He worked as a Medical Technologist in the field of genetics and human organ transplantation at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program in 2007 and has since worked in general surgery, orthopedic surgery, family medicine, internal medicine, and cardiology.
Joseph Reed, M.S., PA-C, serves as an adjunct professor. Mr. Reed received a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Nebraska, holds certification from the NCCPA as a certified physician assistant, as well as licensure in Kentucky. He has served as an adjunct clinical faculty for the Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University and a clinical preceptor for the University of Kentucky, College of Allied Health Professions. His professional clinical experience includes work as a physician assistant in medical clinics and a hospital. In these settings he has served as a family medicine practitioner, as a hospitalist, and as first assistant in general surgery, obstetrical and gynecological surgery, vascular surgery and orthopedics.