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Program Director and Clinical Assistant Professor

Katie Hanlon, MMS, PA-C, is a physician assistant currently working in critical care who has joined our PA program as a clinical assistant professor. She works clinically in the Cardiothoracic ICU at UNC Hospitals. Her background also includes critical care in the settings of medical, surgical and cardiac intensive care units at UNC Rex HealthCare in Raleigh, North Carolina, while simultaneously working at an urgent care in Angier, North Carolina.

Prior to this, Katie worked in emergency medicine both in Chicago, Illinois and in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Her clinical interests include ultrasound utilization in the critical care setting, cardiogenic shock, as well as international medicine in third-world countries. Katie has traveled to Haiti multiple times to provide medical care after the earthquake in 2010. Katie is excited to transition to the role as an educator within the PA program. She is dedicated to providing a unique perspective for her students, given her varied background in emergency, outpatient and inpatient medicine.

She further hopes to inspire a passion for international medicine in third-world countries to future generations of physician assistants, as well as advocate for the expansion of the PA role in this setting. Katie is privileged to be joining the PA program faculty and educate the next generation of physician assistants at Carolina.


Office location: Bondurant Hall 3007


Bachelor of Science – Biology – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006

Masters of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies – Midwestern University, Downers Grove, 2009