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Mailing Address

Samuel Merritt University
Physician Assistant Department
450 30th Street
Oakland, CA 94609

Core Faculty

Assistant Professor/Department Chair

Assistant Professor/Assistant Clinical Coordinator

Vicki graduated from Samuel Merritt University's MPA program in 2004.  In 2007 she returned to SMU as an adjunct instructor and shortly thereafter became an Assistant Clinical Coordinator.  Most recently she has become SMU's Clincal Coordinator.  She has spent the past 25+ years here in the Bay Area after she was stationed at Moffett Field while in the Navy as an Air Traffic Controller.  After

Assistant Professor/Clinical Coordinator

Russel  is originally from Southern California. He earned a BS in Exercise Physiology from Winona State University and completed the Master Physician Assistant program at Samuel Merritt University in 2003.  He returned to SMU in 2004 to assume the role of the Clinical Coordinator and has been serving the program in some capacity or another ever since.

Assistant Professor/Medical Director

Tomás A. Magaña, MD, MA, FAAP is Assistant Professor/Medical Director in the Masters Physician Assistant Department at Samuel Merritt University.

Assistant Professor

Physician Assistant, specializing in Emergency Medicine
Practice: Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital, Oakland, since 1989
Specialty practice: Sexual Assault Examiner since 1992
Graduate 1987, Stanford Primary Care Associate Program, Physician Assistant
Graduate 2002, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Master Degree, Physician Assistant Studies

Assistant Clinical Coordinator

Practicing  Clinical Physician Assistant since 1986 in a variety of settings, including in-patient, out-patient, emergency/urgent care, civilian and military facilities.  Assistant Clinical Coordinator at Samuel Merritt University since July 2011.

VA Martinez, Department of Surgical Services-current

Assistant Professor/Assistant Academic Coordinator and Clinical Coordinator

Julia is originally a Bay Area native, growing up in nearby Alameda. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of San Francisco. After completing this she had the travel bug, so she moved to England where she lived for the next four years and she did a variety of jobs and a good deal of world wide travel.

Assistant Professor/Academic Coordinator

Tana is originally from Portland, Oregon. She earned a BS from Santa Clara University and a MS from Baylor College of Medicine, where she completed her Physician Assistant training in 2001. She completed a medical Spanish immersion program on the border of Mexico working with underserved patients, and spent the first 6 years of her career working among poor Latino populations.

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