Cynthia Lord, MHS, PA-C

Program Director and Associate Professor
Physician Assistant Program
School of Medicine

Cynthia Booth Lord, MHS, PA-C, is the Founding Director of the Case Western Reserve University Physician Assistant Program in Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a PA educator for the past 25 years. Prior to coming to Cleveland, Cindy served as the Program Director of the Quinnipiac University PA Program, a program she helped develop in 1994.

Cindy received her PA certificate from Yale University School of Medicine and her Master of Health Science from Quinnipiac University. She has spent much of her 28-year career working in both family medicine and academia. Currently, Cindy serves as a preceptor for an interprofessional team of students at the Case Western Reserve University Student Run Health Clinic. She is also a volunteer clinician at the Lake County Free Clinic in Painesville, Ohio.

Cindy’s career is distinguished by numerous awards for excellence in teaching, service and leadership roles. She has served as president and chairman of the board for the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) as well as the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants and the Connecticut Physician Assistant Foundation. A member of the nccPA Health Foundation Board of Directors from 2011-2017, Cindy served as chair and most recently as Immediate Past Chair.  Cindy is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) and the Board of Directors of Oral Health Ohio.

In her capacity as a PA educator and a PA in primary care, Cindy has been a strong voice for primary care having served on the Primary Care Progress National Advisory Board and the Connecticut Center for Primary Care Board of Directors as well as mentoring students interested in primary care.

A passionate advocate for oral health integration in education and practice, Cindy is an active member and PA “oral health champion” with the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH) and a member of the national PA Oral Health Advisory Group. Cindy is currently part of a Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine NIH/NIDCR research grant to improve access to dental care for low-income children. She is on an interprofessional team of medical providers and researchers educating Cleveland area pediatricians to include oral health screenings in their well child exams.

Most recently Cindy has focused her efforts and experience in the area of interprofessional education. She is a member of the Case Western Reserve University health professions IPE Steering Committee and Curriculum Design Committee as well as an active participant in the numerous IPE experiences offered at CWRU. Working with the medical school, dental school, nursing and social work schools, Cindy has helped develop the health professions’ programs didactic and clinical curriculum. This includes a series of IPE clinical and community-based experiences involving care to older adults living at home, collaborating with dental medicine to enhance the relationship between physician assistant students and dental residents and creating interprofessional teams of students in clinical settings learning team skills while adding value to patient care.

Cindy is currently serving as a co-investigator on a HRSA Primary Care Training Enhancement Grant (Primary Care Champion Fellowship) with the MetroHealth System of Cleveland. Cindy is serving as the liaison between the MetroHealth System’s faculty and the PA program. She is consulting on how best to develop, implement, and evaluate the didactic portion of the grant curriculum for the PA students as well as coordinate the students’ involvement in Practice Transformation Projects.  Cindy is also leading the oral health curriculum for students and clinicians participating in the “champion fellowship”.

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