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Michael De Rosa

Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Associate Professor MPA, PhD, PA-C

Programs and Courses Taught

Medical Physiology and Mechanisms of Disease I & II

About Me

I was born and raised in southern California and moved to the bay area in 1997. I currently live in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland and love the rich culture of this community. I have taught at SMU since 1999 when I gave the first ever lecture in the PA program. I deeply enjoy teaching in higher education, particularly in a medical field with students who truly want to learn. In 2009 I was one of the founders of our annual trips to Panama. This has been a life changing experience for myself and many students from SMU other schools. I hope to continue this work as soon as possible. Currently I work as a PA in Family Medicine. My personal interests are sports, particularly baseball and cycling, music, and spending time with my son.


I attended Occidental College in Eagle Rock, CA, earning a baccalaureate degree in Psychobiology. From Oxy, I went to UCLA and completed a doctorate in Neuroscience. After beginning my teaching career at SMU, I returned to school at Touro University of California in Vallejo to complete masters degrees in Physician Assistant and Public Health.

Teaching Interests

Human Anatomy, Physiology, Pathophysiology

Scholarly Interests

Research related to our work in Panama, effectiveness of educational and clinical approached, international IPE experiences and development of our work in the community.



Peer Reviewed

Gorman SL, DeRosa M. Short-term global health medical service trip positively effects interprofessional skills and attitudes.(platform) National Academies of Practice Annual Meeting and Forum. Philadelphia, PA, March 17, 2017. Submitted

M De Rosa, S August, S Gorman, R Durham. Interprofessional global health clinical education. In Preparation.

Gorman SL, DeRosa M, August S, Durham R. Global health clinic provides unique interprofessional education benefits. National Academies of Practice Annual Meeting and Forum, Baltimore, MD, April 8, 2016. (platform).

M De Rosa and S August. Analysis of the efficacy of pictorial medication instruction over written Spanish medication instructions in the Ngôbe-Buglé population of Battata, Panama. In Preparation.

Michael J De Rosa. A mathematical model for the diagnosis of cheating: A case report. Platform presentation at Physician Assistant Education Association, Annual Education Forum, November 4, 2012.

Richard Rocco, PhD, M De Rosa MPH, PhD, PA-C and S August, MPH, FNP. A Battery-Operated LED Microscope for Portable Field Use. Platform presentation at Ninth Annual Global Health & Innovation Conference, Yale University, April 21-22, 2012

August SL, De Rosa MJ (2012) Evaluation of the Prevalence of Urinary Tract Infection in Rural Panamanian Women. PLoS ONE 7(10): e47752. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047752

Michael J De Rosa MPH, PhD, PA-C and Suzanne August, MPH, FNP. Development of Master in Global Health Initiatives Program at Samuel Merritt University. Poster presentation at 19th Annual GHEC Conference/ 1st Latin American and Caribbean Conference on Global Health, Cuernavaca, Mexico. April 2010.

Garry Johnson and Michael J. De Rosa. Laos, Haiti and Panama: Service Styles and Ethics. Platform presentation at 12th Annual Conference of the Bay Area International Health Interest Group, “Global Health: Translating Ideas Into Action.” March 7, 2010. UCSF.

Erin Collins RN, FNP, Michael De Rosa MPH, PhD, PA-C and Suzanne August MPH, FNP. Prevention of urinary tract infections in indigenous Panamanian women: development of a patient education tool. Poster presentation at 12th Annual Conference of the Bay Area International Health Interest Group, “Global Health: Translating Ideas Into Action.” March 7, 2010. UCSF.

MJ De Rosa 2006. Multiple Choice Examinations: Are we reinforcing the acquisition of incorrect information? Platform presentation at American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Meeting, June, 2006

Duong T, De Rosa MJ, Poukens V, Vinters H, Fisher RS (1993) Neuronal cytoskeletal abnormalities in human cerebral cortical dysplasia. Acta Neuropathol 87(5):493-503.

Vinters HV, De Rosa MJ, Farrell MA (1993) Neuropathologic study of resected cerebral tissue from patients with infantile spasms. Epilepsia 34(4):772-779 De Rosa MJ, Farrell MA, Vinters HV (1992) Assessment of the proliferative potential of 'balloon' cells in cortical dysplasia associated with intractable childhood epilepsy. Neuropathol Appl Neurobiol 18: 566-574

De Rosa MJ, Secor DL, Barsom M, Fisher RS, Vinters HV (1992) Neuropathologic findings in surgically treated hemimegalencephaly: immunohistochemical, morphometric, and ultrastructural study. Acta Neuropathol 84: 250-60.

Farrell MA, .De Rosa MJ, Curran JG, Secor DL, Cornford ME, Comair YG, Peacock WJ, Shields WD Vinters HV (1992) Neuropathologic findings in cortical resections (including hemispherectomy) performed for the treatment of intractable childhood epilepsy. Acta Neuropathol 83: 246-259

Vinters HV, Fisher RS, Cornford ME, Mah V, Secor DL, De Rosa MJ, Comair YG, Peacock WJ, Shields WD (1992) Morphologic substrates of infantile spasms: studies based on surgically resected cerebral tissue. Childs Nerv Syst 8(1): 8-17.

Invited Articles

“California Changes Regulations to Allow PA Preceptors,” CAPANews, March/April 2013 Michael De Rosa.

“What an ER Is Not,” CAPANews, January/February 2013, Michael De Rosa.

“Crayolas, Pipelines and Authentic Diversity,” CAPANews, November/December 2012, Michael J De Rosa.

“CAPA Has Been Welcomed to the Table,” CAPANews July/August 2012, Michael De Rosa and Teresa Anderson.

“Health Care Reform and PA Education: Challenges and Opportunity,” CAPANews June/July, 2011, Michael J De Rosa.

“PA Education and the Global Imperative,” CAPANews, November/December 2010, Michael J De Rosa.

“What’s Going on At … USC,” CAPANews, January/February 2011, Michael De Rosa.

“What’s Going on At … Stanford University School of Medicine, Foothill College Primary Care Associate Program,” CAPANews March/April 2011, Michael J De Rosa.

“What’s Going on At … Touro University,” CAPANews, July/August 2010, Michael De Rosa.

“What’s Going on At … Loma Linda University,” CAPANews May/June 2010, Michael J. De Rosa.

“What’s Going on At … University of California, Davis,” CAPANews March/April 2010, Michael J De Rosa.

“What’s Going on At … San Joaquin Valley College,” CAPANews January/February 2010, Michael J. De Rosa.

“What’s Going on At … Western University,” CAPANews, November/December 2009, Michael De Rosa.

“What’s Going on At … Samuel Merritt University,” CAPANews, July/August 2009, Michael De Rosa and Tana Rhoades.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

American Academy of Physician Assistants Physician Assistant Education Association

Community Service

PAEA Government Relations Steering Committee (Chair) Hands for Global Health (President) Kerry's Kids (Board member) FACES for the Future