Marshall University welcomes new additions to physician assistant program

Marshall University welcomes new additions to physician assistant program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Three individuals have joined Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in preparation for the university’s new physician assistant program, which is currently in development. 

Denise M. Chambers, M.S., PA-C, joins the school as a member of the physician assistant program and director of clinical skills. Chambers has nearly 30 years of experience as a physician assistant, most recently at St. Mary’s Women and Family Care in Barboursville. She has also worked at HIMG and St. Francis Hospital in Charleston. In her new role, Chambers oversees the Clinical Skills Lab for both the School of Medicine and physician assistant (PA) program and will be intricately involved in the development of the new program.  She has a bachelor’s degree in medical science and a Master of Medical Science, both from Alderson Broaddus College in Philippi, West Virginia.

Jaclyn Kiser, M.S., PA-C, has also joined the physician assistant program. Kiser joined Marshall Health in 2012 as a physician assistant in the department of orthopaedic surgery. She has also worked in heart and pulmonary care at Southern Ohio Medical Center and family practice at Wheelersburg Medical Associates. Kiser earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky, and her M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Kiser will also be involved in the development of the program, as well as assume significant teaching responsibilities once the program starts.

K. Dean Wright, PA-C, has been named clinical coordinator of the program and will be administering the supervised clinical experience phase of the Physician Assistant Program. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Medical Science from Alderson Broaddus College, followed by a postgraduate surgical residency at Norwalk Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine in Norwalk, Connecticut. He has nearly 40 years of experience as a physician assistant, including 25 years practicing in the Huntington area for HIMG, Marshall Health and St. Mary’s Medical Management. Most recently, he has worked in plastic surgery service at the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center in Huntington.

“These individuals bring to the program a tremendous breadth and depth of knowledge based on years of experience as practicing physician assistants across various specialties,” said Physician Assistant Program Director Ginger Boles, M.S., PA-C. “Their enthusiasm to help us build an extraordinary program at Marshall is palpable and will, undoubtedly, result in a dynamic learning experience for our future students.”

The physician assistant program is currently undergoing the initial accreditation process through the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. For more information about the program, please contact Boles at or 304-691-1979.


Media Contact: Sheanna M. Spence, Director of External Affairs, School of Medicine, 304-691-1639

Date Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019