Jeffrey M. Pearl, M.D.
Director for the Physician Assistant Program and Clinical Professor
Jeffrey Pearl is the director for the Master of Health Services ― Physician Assistant Studies Program and a clinical professor at the Betty Irene School of Nursing at UC Davis. Pearl has extensive experience in education, research and clinical practice.
Throughout his clinical career as a physician, Pearl led extensive research in basic science, small and large animal, translational and clinical research including National Institute of Health (NIH) and American Heart Association funding. His research interests in general focus on the cardiovascular arena, including studies of ischemia and reperfusion, hypoxia and improving clinical outcomes for children and in transplantation. Most recently, he was the principle investigator for numerous phase 1 clinical trials covering a variety of therapeutic areas.
In addition to his role at UC Davis, Pearl is a professor of Child Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where he has served as co-director of Clinical Anatomy, as well as teaching in the Doctoring and Simulation programs. His previous academic appointments included assistant and associate professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati, professor of Surgery at Mayo Clinic and professor at Midwestern University.
He is a product of the University of California system having obtained his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, his medical degree from The David Geffen (UCLA) Medical School and completed all of his surgical training in the UCLA system as well. Pearl completed both a General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery residency and a Congenital Heart Surgery and Transplantation Fellowship at UCLA.
He worked as a pediatric heart surgeon for many years, both at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. He established and was surgical director for both the Pediatric Heart Transplant Program and the Cardiothoracic Research Lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and was section and division chief at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
In 2013, Pearl joined the faculty of Midwestern University as the physician assistant program director, where he served for three years, before returning to clinical practice helping with the Mayo Clinic Heart Transplant program, as well as the University of Arizona Heart transplant and lung transplant programs, while increasing his teaching role at the U of A College of Medicine. While at Midwestern, Pearl started an academic fellowship geared toward training potential new faculty and managed a Health Resources and Services Association (HRSA) grant focused on rural care.
Pearl is a member of numerous national societies and has an extensive publication and presentation experience. He has been reviewer and guest editor for numerous journals and reviewer for grant proposals including for the NIH and AHA. He currently serves as the American Society of Thoracic Surgeons (AATS) representative to the Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery (APACVS).