Christy McGhee

Chair and Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies Physician Assistant Studies

Professor McGhee, grew up here in Smyth County Virginia, before attending King University in Bristol, TN where she graduated with honors with a Bachelors degree in Biology.  She then received a Bachelor’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Jefferson College in Roanoke, Virginia where she graduated as Valedictorian and passed her boards with special recognition in surgery. 

After graduating from physician assistant school, Professor McGhee practiced clinically in the Tri-cities area of Tennessee and Virginia for 14 years.  She practiced primarily in the field of Orthopedic Surgery but also worked in the Emergency Department at Johnson City Medical Center, Indian Path Hospital, and Johnston Memorial Hospital.  Professor McGhee also worked as a PA hospitalist in Internal Medicine at Bristol Regional Medical Center and as an Orthopedic hospitalist at Johnston Memorial Hospital.  She took great pleasure in serving as a preceptor for many physician assistant students from several local programs as well as assisting in the education of medical students, nursing students, and physical therapy students.

Professor McGhee, who currently serves as the Department Chair and Program Director for the Emory & Henry College’s School of Health Sciences Department of Physician Assistant Studies, obtained her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2011 and entered the field of PA education. She has served as a Principle Faculty member, Clinical Coordinator, Director of Didactic Education, and guest lecturer and workshop facilitator at PA academy conferences.  She has also served on the Tennessee workforce regarding the expansion of physician assistant privileges, on the Membership Committee, and was elected to serve as a delegate to the American Academy of Physician Assistants while serving in the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants. 

Here in the E&H MPAS program, Professor McGhee is the course director for the program’s Clinical Medicine Courses and the Advanced Clinical Skills and Emergency Medicine Course.  Additionally, she assists in the Clinical Skills course.  Professor McGhee’s mission is to train caring and competent physician assistant healthcare providers who have a heart for primary care and serving the underserved. 

Volunteer Activities

Sideline medical coverage to several high school football teams

CMDA medical mission trip to Ecuador

Mel Leamon Free Clinic

Honors and Awards

Faculty member of Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants

Summa Cum Laude- Jefferson College of Health Sciences Bachelor of Science in PA studies

Cum Laude- King University Bachelor of Science in Biology


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Babos, M.B., Grady, B, Wisnoff, W, McGhee, C.G. (2013). Pathophysiology of Pain. Disease-a- month volume 59(10); pp. 325-360

  • Christy McGhee, PA-C, MPAS

Contact Info

565 Radio Hill Rd.
Marion, VA 24354



Emory & Henry College Health Sciences Campus