Medical Sciences Faculty

Jo Hanna D'Epiro
Jo Hanna D’Epiro Ph.D., MPH, PA-C
Director of Didactic Education, Clinical Assistant Professor
131, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6831 / jdepiro@ashland.edu
  • Joined: June 2020
  • Teaches: Clinical Medicine, Clinical Skills
  • Research Interest: Use of technology for continuing education and lifelong learning
  • Clinical Practice Areas: Eating Disorders, Women’s Health, Preventative Care

Education

  • The Ohio State University- Ph.D. in Workforce Development and Education
  • The Ohio State University- Masters in Public Health
  • Alderson-Broaddus University- Bachelors of Science, Medical Science (PA)
Melissa Irwin
Melissa Irwin DMSc, PA-C
Physician Assistant Program Director, Chair of Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Assistant Professor
134, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6829 / mirwin5@ashland.edu
  • Joined: July 2019
  • Teaches: Clinical Medicine- Endocrinology content, PA Practice, and Professionalism
  • Research Interest: Telehealth and prevention of chronic disease
  • Clinical Practice Areas: Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Cardiothoracic Surgery

Education

  • University of Lynchburg Doctorate of Medical Science -PA Education Focus
  • Drexel University-Master of Health Science – Physician Assistant
  • University of Dayton- Bachelors of Science in Biology
Caitlin Jones
Caitlin Jones MS-PAS, PA-C
Director of Clinical Education, Clinical Assistant Professor
132, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6849 / cjones71@ashland.edu
  • Joined: July 2020
  • Teaches: Clinical Medicine – Behavioral Medicine content, Patient Assessment, Clinical Skills, SCPE rotations
  • Research Interest: Yoga and mindfulness therapy in the treatment of anxiety and depression
  • Clinical Practice Areas: General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Integrative Medicine

Education

  • Ohio Dominican University, Master of Science in PA studies
  • The University of Akron- Bachelors of Science in Biology
Jason Straus
Jason Straus MD, FACS
Physician Assistant Program Medical Director

419.521.6854 / jstraus5@ashland.edu
  • Joined: March 2020
  • Clinical Practice Areas: Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, Surgical Critical Care
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery-General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care

Education

  • Orlando Regional Medical Center- Fellowship
  • Wright State University School of Medicine – Residency
  • St. George’s University School of Medicine- Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Miami – Bachelors of Arts