Faculty Profile

Tana Summers
Assistant Professor/Assistant Program Director
Master Physician Assistant

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 underserved Latino communities.
Tana began working at SMU as an adjunct faculty in the fall of 2005, and became a full time core member of the PA faculty in 2008. She became the Academic Coordinator in 2008 through 2015, and is currently the Assistant Program Director of the PA Program.

BS - Santa Clara University

MS - Baylor College of Medicine

Women's Health

Primary Care Medicine

My most rewarding teaching and clinical experiences have been those abroad, on medical trips to Peru, Dominican Republic, and Panama with students; watching students grow, sharing in their experiences, and providing care to those who truly need brings the teaching of medicine and the practice of medicine together in a very real way.

Medicine I & II
Physical Diagnosis
Obstetrics & Gynecoology

Pre-Clinical Preparation - PA Boot Camp

Faculty of the Year 2009

California Academy of Physician Assistants
American Academy of Physician Assistants
San Francisco Bay Area Physician Assistants


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