Dr. Melissa Kagarise PA-C
Title: Associate Professor
School: Health Sciences
Academic Department: Health Science
Academic Department: Medical Science
Office Location: 3rd Floor, Library and Learning Commons
Dr. Kagarise is physician assistant, having graduated from Saint Francis University in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in physician assistant sciences. She began her clinical career as a family practice physician assistant. In 1998 she completed her Master of Medical Science degree through Saint Francis and in 2008 completed her Doctor of Health Science degree through Nova Southeastern University.
She has been an assistant professor at Saint Francis University since 1998, beginning as an instructor in the Department of Physician Assistant Sciences. In 2004 she became Director of the Master of Medical Science (MMS) program and initiated the online Master of Health Science (MHSc) program for the University. She recently worked with the University's Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA) as faculty coordinator and program director for the development of online educational programs for Navy Independent Duty Corpsmen and is currently dedicated as full time faculty for the MMS and MHSc programs.
She continues to practice clinically as a physician assistant in a local cardiology office one day per week and provides services to a local free medical clinic on an as needed basis. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 children, riding her motorcycle, trying her hand at gardening and cooking.