Laura Juárez, MCMSc, PA-C

Laura Juárez, MCMSc, PA-C

PA Program - Academic Coordinator - Assistant Professor

P: 787-473-3038

Born and raised in Oklahoma City,  Laura Juarez is the daughter of two educators and grew up with a passion for teaching and learning.  She attended Brigham Young University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and immediately began teaching as adjunct faculty at Utah Valley University.  During this time, she earned a Master in Public Health degree from the University of Utah with an emphasis in global health.  After volunteering for several medical missions in places such as India, Haiti, and Thailand, her love of public health led her to study medicine.  She was accepted to the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program where she focused on care for the underserved and those in rural and low-resource settings. This included time practicing primary care on the Navajo Reservation in the Four Corners area and with the Utah Aids Foundation and Clinic 1A at the University of Utah HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease clinic. Professionally she has worked as a Physician Assistant in general surgery (Intermountain Medical) and orthopedic surgery (Yale New Haven).  She is a fellow of the Physician Assistants in Orthopedic Surgery (PAOS), member of the Southwest Surgical Congress, and American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants (AASPA).  Certified as a Stop the Bleed instructor, US Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Medical Assistance Team PA (DMAT PR-01), and American Red Cross instructor. Presently she serves as Academic Coordinator for the first Physician Assistant program in Puerto Rico in collaboration with San Juan Bautista School of Medicine. Her passion for teaching is now centered on the cognitive science of medical education. At home she is an army wife and a mom to two weenie dogs.