Linda Lang joined the faculty of the Yale Physician Assistant Online Program in January of 2020. Her academic teaching responsibilities include problem-based learning, clinical medicine as well as student advising. Ms. Lang has been involved in PA education for over 25 years and has been a clinically practicing PA for 26 years. Her career includes practice in nephrology, general internal medicine, orthopedic sports medicine, urgent care, preventative medicine, and occupational medicine.
Ms. Lang began her career as a Physician Assistant in late 1995 working in Internal Medicine in the suburbs of Chicago while simultaneously serving as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, Illinois. Her interest in PA education began at this time. In this role she was responsible for instruction and evaluation of students in a variety of venues including lecturing, small group facilitation, clinical skills instruction, clinical case medicine instruction, admissions selection, and examination proctoring. In 1998, while continuing to work part-time in education, Lang joined United Airlines, part-time, as a PA working at their corporate headquarters in a suburb of Chicago practicing urgent/occupational medicine. In 2006 she took a one-year sabbatical to work and live in Utah with her younger daughter who was ski racing competitively on the US Ski Team junior circuit. Ms. Lang has a keen interest in preventive medicine, and in 2007 she partnered with her physician husband to start Lang Executive Health Care Group, whose concept centered on preventive health maintenance. She worked to develop and implement preventive health maintenance programs for corporate executives while simultaneously working as a PA in the practice until 2008. In 2007, while simultaneously being involved in the entrepreneurial startup of the new company, Ms. Lang began practicing as a nephrology PA in the suburbs of Chicago, where she has gained experience in the treatment of acute and chronic kidney disease, hypertension, and dialysis, where she continues to practice currently.
In November of 2004, Ms. Lang was awarded the “National Faculty Award of Excellence” by Midwestern University for her teaching excellence and dedication to the PA profession. She continued at Midwestern University as an Adjunct Faculty member until March of 2010 when she joined the faculty of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program as a Founding Faculty member where she stayed until January 2020 at the Rank of Assistant Professor. At Northwestern University she was the Course Director of the Patient Assessment course series I, II, III as well as having other academic teaching responsibilities including problem-based learning, clinical medicine, preclinical, clinical year, and Capstone Project.
In 2017 Lang received the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine John X. Thomas Jr. “Best Teachers of Feinberg Award” in recognition of outstanding teaching in learning environments. In 2017 she was inducted into the Pi Alpha National Honor Society at the Northwestern University PA Program in recognition of her significant academic achievement, leadership, research, service, character, and conduct. In 2018 she was inducted as a Distinguished Fellow into the American Academy of Physician Assistants in recognition of her dedication to the profession in the areas of leadership, education, professional involvement, medical practice, community service, and lifelong learning.
Ms. Lang is professionally active both locally and nationally. She is as a member of the state of Illinois and the state of Utah professional academies, as well as the national Physician Assistant professional academies where she is an active committee member.
Ms. Lang earned her RN degree at Lutheran General & Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing, and after several years working as a registered nurse in areas of emergency medicine, orthopedics, and surgical nursing, she attended Midwestern University PA Program earning her BS in Medical Science. In 2005, she earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree, with a specialization in Nephrology, from the University of Nebraska.
Ms. Lang lives in Chicago, but admits her secondary address is somewhere between Washington DC, and London, UK where her daughters live.