Principal 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 Student Scholarship

Eric Ip, Pharm.D., APh, BCPS, CSCS, CDCES, FCSHP 

Dr. Ip is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Primary Care. He serves as the Director of Clinical Therapeutics Curriculum and Director of Student Scholarship for the Stanford School of Medicine, Master of Science in PA Studies program. Dr. Ip received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from UC Davis, his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from UCSF School of Pharmacy, and completed his post-graduate residency at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center. He established and currently co-leads the Diabetes/Cardiovascular Management Program as a clinical pharmacist at Kaiser Permanente Mountain View Medical Offices. Additionally, Dr. Ip serves as the Director of the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists Advanced Practice Pharmacist (APh) Certificate Program. Dr. Ip is one of the leading researchers in anabolic steroids and performance enhancing drugs.

Lead Educator-for-Care-PA

Courtney Nelson, MMS, PA-C

Ms. Nelson is a Clinical Assistant Professor 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 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 cardiac intensive care, trauma and acute care surgery, and urgent care medicine. When not working with the MSPA program she works in the adult cardiac intensive care unit at Stanford Hospital.

Co-Director of Clerkship Education

Hannah Wright, MMS, PA-C

Ms. Wright is a Clinical Assistant Professor 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 of Medical Science Degree from St. Francis University.  She has been practicing clinically since 2010 and working in PA education since 2018.  Her clinical experience includes internal medicine, family medicine, women’s health, and urgent care. She is passionate about diversity initiatives, and belongs to the diversity, equity and inclusion committee of the MSPA program, called BE HEARD (Belonging, Empathy, Health Equity, Anti-Racism, and Diversity). When not working with the MSPA program, she works at the Stanford Express Care Clinic.

Co-Director of Clerkship Education

Sampath Wijesinghe, DHSc, AAHIVS, PA-C

Dr. Wijesinghe is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Primary Care and is the Clinical Site Director for the Central Valley California region. He completed his PA education at Union College where he received a Master's in PA Studies. He also has a Master's in Management Information Systems from the University of Nebraska, and a Doctor of Health Science degree with an emphasis in Global Health from A.T. Still University. Dr. Wijesinghe completed an HIV and AIDS Clinical Fellowship at UCSF Fresno; he has been a HIV/AIDS specialist 6 years and has worked in primary care medicine for over ten years, primarily in under-served communities. He has been involved in medical education for 7 years. His clinical interests include primary care medicine, HIV medicine, and global health.