Medical Sciences Faculty

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
Dr. Wm Douglas Urban
Dr. Wm. Douglas Urban
Clinical Assistant Professor, Principal Faculty-Basic Scientist
215, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6832 / wurban@ashland.edu
  • Chemistry/Biology Instructor 9 years
  • Didactic Instructor PA program 4 years
  • Duel state licensed and USDA Accredited Veterinarian
  • Veterinary practice owner over 35 years of a medical and surgical practice
  • Presented nationally to multiple professional conferences regarding prevention of medical errors
  • Teaching responsibilities include didactic year anatomy, physiology, pathology and clinical skills
  • Research interests include medical error prevention and effectiveness of clinical anatomy lab techniques
  • FDA Stage III Clinical Trial Site Investigator
  • Awards include Ohio Science Academy STEM Exemplar

Education

  • The Ohio State University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • The Ohio State University, BS