Deborah Summers, MS, PA-C

Deborah Summers

Deborah Summers MS, PA-C

Vice Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Associate Program Director

Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies


BSHS, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

MS, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Research Interests

  • Physician Assistant Education
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Uveal melanoma
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Quality of Life in patients with life-threatening illnesses


Physician Assistant educator with clinical experience as a physician assistant in Geriatrics, Home Visits, Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology specializing in Uveal Melanoma, Skin Melanoma, Liver Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer, and Inpatient Subacute Rehabilitation. Served as preceptor for Physician Assistant students and mentor for shadowing experiences for Pre-Physician Assistant students.

Selected Scholarly Activity

Summers D and Finn L. Incorporating Interprofessional Collaboration into Team Decision-making. Poster presentation at 2019 Lilly Conference, Designing Effective Teaching, Bethesda, MD, May 30-June 2, 2019.

Summers D. Kellar B and Enam N Novel Learning Strategies to Increase Student Engagement in Interprofessional Education. Poster presentation at 2018 Lilly Conference, Designing Effective Teaching, Bethesda, MD, May 31-June 2, 2018.

Summers D and Finn L. Impact of a Geriatric Team Experience on Pharmacy and Physician Assistant Students’ Confidence in Medication Appropriateness. Poster presented at American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Washington, DC, October 3-5, 2018.

Nair NCJ, Williams NC, Cui, Summers D, Mastrangelo M, Hubosky S, Shields CL, Shields JA, Sato T: Adjuvant Sunitinib in High-Risk Patients with Uveal Melanoma: A Pilot Study. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, June 1-5, 2012, Chicago, IL.

Nair NCJ, Williams NC, Cui C, Summers D, Mastrangelo M, Hubosky, SG, Shields CL, Shields JA, Sato T: Conjunctival Melanoma: bladder and upper urinary tract metastases. Journal of Clinical Oncology 29(9):e216-e219. March 20, 2011.

Carr BI, SummersD, L. Menefee S, Pierpoint, C, Yeo E, Lavu, H: Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2009 ASCO Annual Meeting Proceedings (Post-Meeting Edition). Vol 27, No 15S (May 20 Supplement), 2009: e20692.

Contact Information

Office location: IPEX, Room 217
Mailing address: Box #27
University of Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495
Office Phone: 215-596-8675
Office Fax: 215-596-7147

d [dot] summers [at] usciences [dot] edu