Core Faculty

Director of Pre-Clerkship Education

Nicole Burwell, PhD, PA-C

Dr. Burwell is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Primary Care. She currently serves as the Director of Pre-Clerkship Education for the Stanford School of Medicine, Master of Science in PA Studies program. Dr. Burwell previously served as a member of the PA program leadership team at George Washington University for more than 8 years.  Dr. Burwell is a seasoned clinical PA with almost twenty years of experience in Internal Medicine and Occupational Health.  She completed her PA training at George Washington University where she earned a MSHS.  She also holds a Ph.D. from Howard University School of Pharmacy and Allied Health.  Her research interests include Health Disparities and Nutritional Sciences with a focus on the pivotal role it plays in cardiovascular disease. 

Director of Clerkship Education

Kendra Patton Silverman, MS, PA-C

Ms. Patton Silverman is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Primary Care.  She is the Clerkship Director of the Stanford School of Medicine, Master of Science in PA Studies program.  Professor Patton Silverman  is a graduate of the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and holds a Master of Science degree.  She has been a practicing PA for 5 years.  Her clinical experience includes emergency medicine, internal medicine, family medicine, women’s health, and urgent care.  When not working with the MSPA program, she works in outpatient internal medicine and family medicine here at Stanford Health Care.

Director of Student Scholarship

Michele Toussaint, MS, PA-C

Ms. Toussaint is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Primary Care.  She  completed her PA education in NY, followed by a Master of Science degree from A.T Sill University and is currently finishing up a Doctorate of Education, with a focus on Educational Technology at Boise State University.  She has been a practicing PA for 18 years and has over 7 years of PA education experience.  Her clinical experience includes cardiac surgery, cardiac intensive care and orthopedic surgery.  When not working with the PA program she works in the cardiac intensive care unit at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital caring for the most complex of patients with congenital heart disease that range in age from newborns to older adults.  

Lead Educator for Care- PA

Courtney Nelson, MMS, PA-C

Ms. Nelson is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Primary Care. She completed her PA education in the Stanford/Foothill College Primary Care Associate Program and received a Master's of Medical Science Degree from St. Francis University. She has been practicing clinically and working in PA education for 4 years.  Her clinical experience includes trauma and acute care surgery, cardiac intensive care, and urgent care medicine. When not working with the MSPA program she works in the adult cardiac intensive care unit at Stanford Hospital.