Ellen Mandel

Physician Assistant Studies Program Director,  College of Health & Wellness

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My particular interest is in the growing area of medical humanities and narrative medicine. I have presented my empathy research nationally and internationally.”


Ellen D. Mandel, D.M.H., M.P.A., M.S., PA-C, is the director of the Physician Assistant Studies program and professor in JWU Providence’s College of Health & Wellness.

Mandel hails from New Jersey and readily ranks becoming a PA as her No. 1 best professional decision. She started her healthcare career as a registered dietitian nutritionist and continued on this professional avenue, becoming a certified diabetes educator and then hospital administrator. She then discovered this new and wonderful career option: the physician assistant.

Applying to the only PA program in New Jersey at the time, Mandel completed her PA studies at the Rutgers University/UMDNJ program. Attracted to primary care, she has worked in family practice, urgent care and endocrine practices. However, the desire to pay it forward prompted her move to PA education. She has taught for nearly two decades in three different PA programs in New Jersey and New York City, has served as academic coordinator, and attained rank of clinical professor.

Mandel has a vested interest in service and scholarship and serves in leadership positions with the PA Education Association (PAEA) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). She served 10 years as an ARC-PA accreditation site visitor and nearly 10 years in the AAPA House of Delegates for her native state of New Jersey.

Her love of publishing, especially mentoring faculty and student articles, led to her appointment on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Academy of PAs (JAAPA) and as the new founding editor for their Preventive Medicine & Health special topics section. Mandel lectures nationally on topics related to nutrition, diabetes and mental health to PA, nurse practitioner (NP) and M.D. audiences, promoting team medicine along the way. Her particular interest is the growing area of medical humanities and narrative medicine, and she has presented her empathy research nationally and internationally.

Mandel enjoys family time, travel, cooking, reading and playing with her whippet dog. She is already hard at work learning about the fantastic city of Providence and the state of Rhode Island. Her new position supports her ongoing enthusiasm for the PA profession and graduating competent, kind and mindful PAs.