Anne Walsh, a nationally certified PA, earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia (B.A. Biological Sciences ‘88) and the University of Kansas (B.S. Cytotechnology ‘89), before graduating cum laude from the University of Southern California Primary Care Physician Assistant Program (’00). A recipient of numerous scholarships and honors, she was elected Co-President of her class. In 2004, she completed her Master of Medical Science degree at Nova Southeastern University, where her thesis explored the link between diabetes and chronic liver disease.
Anne has spent her clinical career in Family Medicine and Gastroenterology; in 2003, she joined the faculty of the Keck School of Medicine of USC. As Instructor of Clinical Family Medicine for 15 years, Anne taught the medical students during their Family Medicine Clerkship and the PA students during their Clinical Skills and Topics in Medicine-Gastroenterology courses. She also served as Interim Program Director of the USC PA Program from 2010-11 and accompanied students, faculty, and alumni on 2 PA Advocacy visits to Capitol Hill. In July 2018, Anne left USC to join the faculty of Chapman University’s PA Program full-time as Clinical Associate Professor. Having precepted dozens of PA and medical students in the clinical setting, Anne believes that her involvement in medical education helps her to provide patient care of the highest quality, while maintaining an active clinical practice affords her relevance in the classroom. She practices part-time at Forman Family Medicine and is very grateful to all her patients over the years who have generously welcomed learners as members of the care team.
Before becoming a PA, Anne was a Cytotechnologist for 10 years, in the Department of Pathology at the University of California Irvine Medical Center, and in the Cytotechnology Program at the University of Kansas Medical Center; she remains a registered Specialist in Cytotechnology (SCT). Anne has published 8 primary care textbook chapters on GI topics including Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Diverticular Disease, and Hepatitis C, as well as several educational research and medical review articles. She is a peer reviewer for Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Annals of Family Medicine and an invited lecturer locally and nationally. She is a long-time member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), serving on the Medical Student Education Collaborative and chairing the Interprofessional Education Collaborative. In 2014 she was honored as a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and inducted into the Pi Alpha Honor Society. She has served on numerous state/national committees, including the California Academy of Physician Assistants Board of Directors, the Physician Assistant Education Association– External Liaison to STFM, and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Exam Committee. Her clinical interests include gastrointestinal and liver disorders, women’s health, and laboratory medicine; her academic interests include patient safety and interprofessional education.
Anne is originally from Kansas City, Missouri; she has enjoyed living in Orange County and providing health care to fellow Southern Californians since 1990. She and her husband George enjoy spoiling their many pets including dogs, turtles, and fish.