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Inaugural Willis Distinguished Lecture Focuses on Role of PAs in Primary Eye Care

WillisLock Haven University alumnus Dr. Garth Willis returned to campus on Monday, April 17th to present a lecture focusing on, “The Role of Physician Assistants in Primary Eye Care.” Dr. Willis graduated from the University’s Physician Assistant program in 1998. He then went on to earn his M.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 2005. Upon completing his ophthalmology training at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Willis joined Pocono Eye Associates.

Established by Drs. Craig and Marilyn Willis, the inaugural lecture series was well attended by local healthcare providers, as well as the LHU and Lock Haven communities. The evening provided an opportunity to learn about the integral role of general practice physician assistants in the care of eye concerns. “It is always heartwarming to see the success of PA program alumni who come back to speak to our students and the LHU community,” said Sarah Lewis, assistant professor and program director for the LHU Physician Assistant program.

Dean of the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Science, Dr. Scott Carnicom shared, “The inaugural Willis Distinguished Health Science Lecture was a wonderful success. Our packed auditorium of students, faculty, staff, local health care providers, and community members was treated to a fascinating clinical presentation about various eye injuries and diseases. Dr. Garth Willis 98’ has certainly set a high bar for future lectures in the nascent series.” 

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Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.                        

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