Lauri Paolinetti

Lauri Paolinetti

Assistant Professor MPAS, PA-C

Programs and Courses Taught

Master of Physician Assistant
Clinical Diagnostic Methods - Radiology PA628, Emergency Medicine PA 626

About Me

Lauri worked as an Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant at Highland Hospital, Alameda County’s Level 1 Trauma Center in Oakland for 30 years until her retirement in March 2019. She has been principal faculty at the Samuel Merritt University PA Program since 2001. She is the Instructor of Record for the Radiology and Emergency Medicine courses and contributes to several other courses throughout the curriculum. Lauri is a certified Forensic Examiner, specializing in sexual assault cases and has served as an expert witness in Alameda County. She is a co-author of three published studies regarding the examination findings in sexual assault survivors.  She has been a clinical instructor and preceptor in Emergency Medicine since 1995. A California native, Lauri has lived in Oakland since 1985. 


Completed the Stanford University PA program in 1987. Obtained a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree in 2002 from the University of Nebraska. BA in Psychology 1978, University of Redlands

Teaching Interests

Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Clinical Procedures, Communication skills

Scholarly Interests

Forensic Medicine, Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence


Larkin, H., Cosby, C., Kelly, D., Paolinetti, L. “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, 2012

Kelly, D., Larkin, H., Cosby, C., Paolinetti, L. “Derivation of the Genital Injury Severity Scale (GISS): A Concise Instrument for Description and Measurement of External Female Genital Injury After Sexual Assault”. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 20 724-731, 2013

Kelly, D., Larkin, H., Paolinetti, L. “Intra- and Inter-rater Agreement of the Genital Injury Severity Scale”. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 52 172-180, 2017

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

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

Community Service

FACES for the Future

Honors & Awards

Mary Emma Wallace Teaching Award
Stanford University/Foothill College, Primary Care Associate Program                     1998, 1999

2007 Physician Assistant of the Year
Highland Hospital Emergency Department
Oakland, CA

Teaching Award 2017            
Touro University, Joint MSPA/MPH Program