Professor Kyrus Patch has been a Physician Assistant since 1977, graduating with a B.S. in Medical Science from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.V., Her medical career started in rural Ohio where she treated patients in an outpatient facility and made house calls on a routine basis. She returned to the mountains of West Virginia as the senior medical officer at Snowshoe Ski Resort from 1980-1985. During the "off season" she worked in the cardiology department of Memorial General Hospital in Elkins, WV. Once tiring of the sub-zero climate she moved to Orlando, Fl, and worked for Walt Disney World making house calls to guests throughout the complex.
Naples, Fl, became home after a few years; she worked as a Physician Assistant in an urgent care/family practice setting in Naples and Ft. Myers Beach from 1988 to 2007. She earned her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 2007 from her alma mater, Alderson-Broaddus College. This led to a career change as Assistant Professor at Nova Southeastern University/SW Florida Physician Assistant Program. Professor Patch has been the course director for Physical Diagnosis I, II, and III and Clinical Pharmacology since March 2007 and served as the Associate Department Chair/Academic Director until July of 2015 when she became the Program Director. Professor Patch completed the Doctorate of Health Science program at A.T. Still University, graduating in the spring of 2015. After 30 years of clinical practice as a Physician Assistant, Dr. Patch hopes to teach a new generation of Physician Assistants what it means to be a knowledgeable, compassionate, and professional health care provider.