Professor Leonard is originally from the west coast of Florida and in 2004 joined the U.S. Marine Corps reserves, serving in a naval medical unit until 2007. In 2010 Professor Leonard graduated with his B.A. from the University of Miami in Biology and in 2011 he completed his master of science degree in anatomy from Barry University with a focus in human developmental anatomy. Then in 2014 he completed his master of medical science degree at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Physician Assistant Program and began working in Family Medicine with the University of Florida Health, Inc. in Jacksonville, Florida. He also during this time practiced at an Urgent Care clinic.
While with U.F. Health Professor Leonard published several articles ranging from his case reports from a medical missions trip to Africa to several cardiovascular topics. In 2016 he transferred to the emergency department at the University of Florida practicing emergency medicine, as well as began guest lecturing at Nova Southeastern University in early 2017. It was during this time Professor Leonard decided to join the faculty full time at NSU.
Professor Leonard is a fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, as well as the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. He is also a member of the American Association of Anatomists. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Medical Science with a research focus on interprofessional education. He is expected to graduate in August of 2019. His great joys are family time, medical missions, academic writing, and clinician education. He also enjoys travel, the symphony, and reading. Professor Leonard is delighted to be a part of the faculty here at NSU and considers it an honor to be a part of the education of physician assistant students.