Position title: Primary Care Physician Assistant
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Master of Physician Assistant Studies
- University of Wisconsin-Madison Physician Assistant program
Owen Doran joined the UHS team in September 2009 as a physician assistant in the Primary Care unit. The unique mentality young adults have towards their health attracted Doran to working in college health. “Having worked with other populations and ages, you realize that sometimes patients become their illness,” Doran says. “But students have a very healthy psyche. They are motivated to get and stay well, and their diagnosis or health concern is not the primary thing that defines them.”
In addition to being passionate about working with motivated patients, Doran finds infectious disease interesting because “it encompasses so much of primary care”. Doran enjoys working with colleagues who value evidence-based, epidemiologic approaches to inform their clinical decisions. “Epidemiology allows us to see what interventions we can do at our local level to control disease or treat it better.”
Doran also sees patients in the Lakeshore Walk-In Clinic in Dejope Hall, which adds meaningful variety to his work schedule and allows him to interact with freshman, veterinary students, graduate students, and others who work and reside in the Lakeshore area of campus. Doran also holds a managerial role in the Primary Care Clinic, assisting with staffing needs to help fulfill UHS’ goal to see patients within 24 hours of their requests.
Outside of his work at UHS, Doran enjoys gardening, spending time with his family and friends, attending his five children’s sporting events, traveling to Ireland to visit family, and exploring other European countries.