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Mary Showstark

Assistant Professor Adjunct; Affiliate Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Affiliate Faculty, Yale Institute of Global Health

Contact Information

Mary Showstark

Mailing Address

  • 100 Church Street South Suite A230

    New Haven, CT 06519

    United States


  • Chief, Physician Assistant Trauma Surgery (2004–2006)
  • Director/Creator Taste of Gramercy (2012–2013)
  • Director, Surfer’s Medical Association (2010–Present)
  • Director of New Development Physician Assistants for Global Health (2018–Present)
  • Liaison to Euro-PAC (2019-Present)
  • Global Ambassador to AAPA (2019-Present)
  • Honorary Member of Global Association of PA/CO Association (GACOPA) (2019-Present)
  • Communications Director International Academy of PA Educators IAPAE (2019-Present)
  • Creator of International Federation of Physician Assistant/Physician Associate and Clinical Officer/Clinical Associate/Correlate Students’ Association (IFPACS) (2020-Present)
  • Liaison to International PA Organization (IPAO) (2020-Present)
  • Yale Institute of Global Health Affiliate Faculty Member (2020-Present)
  • Welch Allyn Advisory Board Member (2018–Present)

Mary Showstark is a physician assistant (PA) who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2001 and a master’s degree in 2004 from the University of Florida. She started her career working at University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in trauma surgery and shortly after became chief PA. Showstark’s clinical experience is in trauma surgery, emergency medicine, urgent care and disaster preparedness for the federal government in numerous locations, including Los Angeles at LAC+USC, Maui, New York City and Miami Beach. Showstark has also spent many years working in event medicine and concierge services around the world from Johannesburg to Sydney with multiple cities in between. She has worked and consulted with private events and athletic organizations, including the World Surf League, Burning Man, U.S. Open Tennis Championships, Tough Mudder, the Indies Trader, SEA Paddle and the New York City Marathon.

Showstark worked in Haiti and Nepal, responding to natural disasters and providing medical care in rural and austere environments. She also consults in remote areas, such as Nicaragua, Marshall Islands and the Philippines, performing medical needs assessments and helping with clinic development, setup and sustainability projects.

Showstark began working in PA education in an accredited PA program in New York City in 2012, where she served as clinical coordinator, and taught Psychosocial, Physical Diagnosis, Clinical Skills, SIM, OSCES and Lab Medicine, and was course coordinator for Emergency Medicine II. Showstark joined Yale as an instructor in the Yale Physician Assistant Online Program in 2017 and was promoted to Assistant Professor (Adjunct) in 2020. Showstark is the course director for Physical Assessment I, II and III, serves on the admissions committee and is an academic adviser to incoming students. She is the chair of the Virtual IPE Committee and spearheads virtual reality projects utilizing the Stanford Heart and Augmented Reality platform, teaching students proper hand hygiene through SureWash Go technology.

Showstark is licensed by the NCCPA. She also works with the federal disaster FAST teams, serves as one of the executive directors on the board of Surfer’s Medical Association, and is a consultant for the education board for Welch Allyn. Showstark is involved in growing the healthcare workforce for the profession globally. She is a global ambassador to AAPA, liaison to Euro-PAC, communications lead for International Association of PA Educators, and consults with the World Health Organization on the Global Framework for Universal Healthcare. She is also the creator of the International Federation of Physician Assistant/Physician Associate and Clinical Officer/Clinical Associate/Correlate Students’ Association (IFPACS). In addition to her PA work, Showstark is certified in massage therapy and yoga. She is also a current member of PAEA, AAPA, and Interprofessional.Global.

In her free time, Showstark enjoys traveling and has explored more than 100 countries on all seven continents.

Education & Training

  • MPAS
    University of Florida, Physician Assistant
  • BA
    University of Florida, English


  • Fellowship Academy in Wilderness Medicine Student Interest Group Leader collaboration with Wilderness Medical Society
    New Haven, United States (2020-2021)
  • Wilderness Skills Lab
    New Haven, United States 2020

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Best Poster IPRED 2020IPRED2020
Service Award: Project Medishare Participation-Haiti post-earthquakeProject Medishare2010

Professional Service

International federation of PA & Equivalent Student Organization: Creator of IFPACSwww.ifpacs.org2020 - Present
WHO competencies and LOOOP cirrriuculm mapping for Global PA programsChairperson2020 - Present
ERIC at YaleSOFA scores and disparities working group2020
GACOPA curriculum working groupMember2020 - Present
IAPAE communications teamLead2020 - Present
Afri-VIPEongoing. Virtual IPE training events in Africa2019 - 2020
Center of Disaster PreparednessCDP Fundamentals of Disaster Instructor2019
Physician Assistant, Invited Consultant, Paris Marathon, Paris, FranceConsultant2019
Venezuela Refugee Crisis, Third Wave Volunteers, Physician Assistant, Cucuta, ColombiaTask Force Member2019
Third Wave Volunteers: Hurricane Dorian BahamasPA in disaster2019
Wilderness Student Interest Group FacilitatorMentor2019 - Present
Global Health Student Interest Group FacilitatorMentor2019 - Present
Physician Assistants for Global Health: Speaker Seriescreated online speaker series in the realm of Global Health2019 - Present
Interprofessional.GlobalPolicy Working Group, Situational Analysis Group, Communications Working Group and Academic Workforce Group2019 - Present
PI: Using Virtual Reality to Teach Physician Assistant Students about Congenital Heart DefectsLead2018 - 2019
Virtual IPE Committee (VIPE)partnering with 7 different universities and multiple specialties to create an online IPE, continuously expanding2018 - Present
Director Surfer’s Medical Association, Siargao Island, Philipines. Medical Needs Assessment in Rural Health CareLead2018 - Present
NicaBeat; medical clinic in Hacienda Iguana Region, Nicaraguaconsultant to medical clinic set-up2018 - Present
Medical Needs Assessment: Invitation from Siargao Island, Philipinesconsultant to help set up clinic in remote island, working on initiative for an EMS system, introducing an EMS bill, partnership with WMS and other universities2018 - Present
White House Lawn Presidential InaugurationTask Force Member2017
Marshall Island clinic remote set up; lead coordinator; Beran Islandset up of remote clinic with supplies2017
State of the Union Incident Commander’s CommendationTask Force Member2015
NYC Medics, NepalVolunteer2014
Indonesian Consulate, New York, NYAdvised on Ring of Fire, disaster preparedness2014
Billabong/Volcom, Worldwideconsulted on medical supplies and set up2011 - 2013
Project Medishare, Haiti;PA on the ground post earthquake & continued coordinating evacuation efforts remotely2010

Departments & Organizations