Biography

I was born, raised, and educated in the piney hills of North Louisiana. I received my B.S. in biology from Louisiana Tech University (2006) and both my B.S. in Physician Assistant (2008) and Master of Physician Assistant Studies (2012) from LSU Health. I am currently a student in the health studies Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program at Texas Woman's University. I have practiced in many aspects of medicine including primary care, internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, and rheumatology. Currently, I am an assistant professor and the clinical coordinator in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.  I practice clinically at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems in the Global Diabetes Program - Diabetes Clinic.


I am very active in the community most notably through my fraternal organization, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Rho Nu Lambda chapter. I serve as the Chief Medical Officer and Health & Wellness Chairman for the Southwest Region of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. I view medicine as a ministry. It is an intrinsic duty to promote and deliver quality healthcare.

Education

Undergraduate School
Louisiana Tech University (2006)
Undergraduate School
Louisiana State University Health School of Allied Health Professionals (2008)
Undergraduate School
Louisiana State University Health School of Allied Health Professionals (2008)
Undergraduate School
Louisiana State University at Alexandria (2010)
Undergraduate School
Louisiana State University School of Medicine (2011)

Research Interest

  • Diabetes management, health behavior change, diversity issues in PA education, faith-based health interventions, racial health disparities, chronic disease management

Publications

Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Imposter Phenomenon and Underrepresented Minorities: What Physician Assistant Educators Need to Know.
Sturges D J Physician Assist Educ 2018 Apr
Race Matters in Physician Assistant Education and Clinical Practice.
Sturges D J Physician Assist Educ 2017 Jun 28 2 109-112

Honors & Awards

  • Pi Alpha Honor Society
    Faculty initiation (2017)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM ACADEMY OF HEALTH SCIENCE EDUCATION
    Research finalist - "Pop Culture and Physician Assistant Education" (2016)
  • Associate Academic Clinical Provider
    UTSW Academic Clinical Provider Ladder (2013)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (2018)
  • Physician Assistant Education Association (2014)
  • Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (2014)
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (2008)