NEWS | March 19, 2010

New FNP/PA faculty member wins publishing award


Kristine Himmerick, who recently joined the faculty of the Family Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Program at the UC Davis School of Medicine, has won the American Academy of Physician Assistants’ (AAPA) National Physician Assistant Publishing Award.

The AAPA Publishing Awards honor physician assistants who authored outstanding articles published in peer-reviewed clinical journals. Himmerick was the sole author of “H1N1 in Perspective: The Clinical Impact of a Novel Influenza A Virus,” which was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

“We are proud to have Kris as a member of our faculty and also extremely pleased to see her work so deservingly recognized by her peers,” said James Nuovo, associate dean of Graduate Medical Education for the UC Davis School of Medicine. “Kris embodies so many of the qualities we want to foster in our students — intelligence, compassion, dedication, team-oriented, and patient-focused. This recognition from the AAPA confirms what we already know: that Kris is an outstanding health professional with unique and astute perspectives on the health issues facing our country. She is a strong role model for our students are we are pleased that they will get the benefit of her tremendous insights and experiences.”

Himmerick joined the faculty of the FNP/PA Program in September 2009. She has five years of clinical experience in family medicine, pediatrics and emergency medicine, mostly in practices dominated by underserved and economically distressed populations. Himmerick graduated summa cum laude from Point Loma University in San Diego with a bachelor’s degree in biology, then earned her master’s degree in biomedical research in neuroscience from the University of Colorado at Denver. She subsequently received her physician assistant training and an MPAS from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

The UC Davis School of Medicine is among the nation's leading medical schools, recognized for its specialty- and primary-care programs. The school offers fully accredited master's degree programs in public health and in informatics, and its combined M.D.-Ph.D. program is training the next generation of physician-scientists to conduct high-impact research and translate discoveries into better clinical care. Along with being a recognized leader in medical research, the school is committed to serving underserved communities and advancing rural health. For further information, visit the UC Davis School of Medicine Web site.