Faculty Profile

Lauri Paolinetti
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Master Physician Assistant

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

Lauri is a California native, long time Oakland resident and has worked as an Emergency Department Physician Assistant for over 25 years. She began teaching in the Samuel Merritt University Physician Assistant Program in 2001 and has participated in nearly all aspects of the Program throughout the years as an Assistant Professor, core faculty member, former Academic Coordinator and Assistant Clinical Coordinator.  


Emergency Medicine


Sexual Assault examination, prevention

Domestic Violence recognition, prevention

Emergency Medicine
Radiology (Clinical Diagnostic Methods)
Integrating Seminar
Guest lecturer in Medicine and Geriatrics courses
Introduction to Radiology, Nurse Practitioner Program

Larkin, H., Cosby, C., Kelly, D., Paolinetti, L. (2012)
"A Pilot Study to Test the Differential Validity of a Genital Injury Severity Scale, in Development for Use in Forensic Sexual Assault Examinations"
Journal of Forensic Nursing, 8(1), 30-38
-Presenter, 14th Annual Scientific Assembly, International Association of Forensic Nursing, 2006.
“Genital Findings in Sexually Active Women Within and Beyond 72 Hours of Consensual Intercourse”
-Poster, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Meeting, 1999, “Victim Profile and Usefulness of Anoscopy in Sexual Assault Examinations”
-Co-author, Abstract, “Seroprevalence of HIV and Other STD’s in Sexual Assault Survivors”, 12th World Aids Conference, Geneva, Switzerland, 1998
-Presenter, International Association of Forensic Nurses 1995, “Patterns of Anal/Rectal Injury After Sexual Assault”
-Presenter, California Chapter American College of Emergency Physicians 1995 “Sexual Assault in the ‘90’s”
-Poster, American College of Emergency Physicians 1995 Scientific Assembly, “Advances in Sexual Assault and Toluidine Blue”

2012 Journal of Forensic Nursing Research Article of the Year award
2007 Physician Assistant of the Year, Alameda County Medical Center, Highland Hospital Emergency Department
1998, 1999 Mary Emma Wallace Teaching Award, Stanford University/Foothill College, Primary Care Associate Program

American Academy of Physician Assistants
California Academy of Physician Assistants
Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants
Physician Assistant Education Association
International Association of Forensic Nurses


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