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 soon 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 also has 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.
Additionally, 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 Patient Assessment I, II, and III, serves on the admissions committee and is an academic adviser to students. She is the chair of the Virtual Interprofessional Education (VIPE) Committee. She also spearheads virtual reality projects utilizing the Stanford Heart and Augmented Reality platform and 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 an executive director on the board of the Surfer’s Medical Association, and is a consultant for the education board for Welch Allyn.
Showstark is involved in growing the health care workforce for the profession globally. She is a global ambassador to AAPA, liaison to Euro-PAC, communications lead for the 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.