Director Of Canisius College Pa Studies Program Recognized For Excellence In Healthcare

April 27, 2022

Buffalo, NY – Amherst resident, Aimee Larson, DMSc, is among 26 individuals lauded for excellence in healthcare by Buffalo’s Business First and Highmark BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York.  The award, which will be conferred on June 9, recognizes the region’s top physicians, nurses, administrators and researchers whose work has improved the local healthcare system.  

Larson is director of the master’s degree program in physician assistant studies at Canisius and has extensive experience in the field of medicine.  She served eight years on active duty as a medic for the U.S. Air Force and worked in several clinical settings involving primary care, neurology and internal medicine. 

Larson holds bachelor and master degrees in physician assistant studies from D’Youville College and a doctor of medical science degree from the University of Lynchburg.  

Canisius’ PA studies program builds on the college’s pre-medical and general science programs while leveraging partnerships with local hospitals and health systems. The curriculum includes clinical assignments and service learning requirements in underserved communities to provide students with early exposure to vulnerable communities, and the social and medical issues that affect patient care and health outcomes of patients from diverse socioeconomic, religious and cultural backgrounds. 

PA studies welcomed its first cohort of 30 students in January 2021.  

Canisius College is one of 27 Jesuit colleges in the nation and the premier private college in Western New York. Canisius prepares leaders – intelligent, caring, faithful individuals – able to pursue and promote excellence in their professions, their communities and their service to humanity.