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Postgraduate Physician Assistant Surgical Residency Faculty

Photo of Dr. Robert Samuel Decosta Higgins, M.D.

Higgins, Robert Samuel Decosta, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Director of the Department of Surgery, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
William Stewart Halsted Professor of Surgery
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Transplant, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Heart Bypass, Heart Transplant, Heart-Lung Transplant, Lung Transplant, Mechanical Circulatory Support, Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic Surgery
Research Interests: The mechanism of cell injury in failing hearts, health policy, health economics, racial disparities in post-transplant outcomes, access to care, improving outcomes among heart failure and cardiac surgery patients
Photo of Dr. Christian Daniel Jones, M.D., M.S.

Jones, Christian Daniel, M.D., M.S.

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Director, Acute Care Surgery Fellowship
Medical Director, PA Surgery Residency
Associate Director, Surgical Critical Care Fellowship
Assistant Program Director, General Surgery Residency
Expertise, Disease and Conditions: Blunt and Penetrating Trauma, Chest Trauma Surgery, Critical Care, Emergency General Surgery, Trauma
Research Interests: outcomes of critically ill and injured patients, prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolic disease, surgical education and advocacy


Jennie McKown

Jennie McKown, MSHS, PA-C

Jennie McKown, MSHS, PA-C is Program Director of the Physician Assistant Surgical Residency and is a Physician Assistant at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Department of Surgery. Jennie obtained her undergraduate degree in Fitness and Cardiac Rehab/Exercise Science from Ithaca College in 1996. In 2001, she earned a Master of Science in Health Science from The George Washington University Physician Assistant Program. Following her PA program, Jennie worked in South Texas in a family practice setting. She went on to become a member of the third class of the JHH Postgraduate Surgical Residency for Physician Assistants in 2007.

Ms. McKown currently is a valued member of the Vascular Surgery team in the Department of Surgery. She has been an active member of the PA residency since completing the program, and has been the Director of the Postgraduate Surgical PA Residency Program since 2008. She is past president of the Association of Postgraduate PA Programs and is dedicated to continuing to develop both the PA surgical residency program and the PA residents who come through the program.  

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