BS, Biology, Stonehill College, 1985
Masters of Health Professions, Physician Assistant Program, Northeastern University, 1994
Joseph P. Shinnick, MHP, PA-C, discusses his role as a Duke orthopaedic physician assistant in this Q&A session.
Why did you choose to practice orthopaedic medicine?
While studying at the PA program at Northeastern University I was fortunate to have an excellent physician instructor in orthopaedics who became a mentor to me.
He offered me a position in the Department of Orthopaedics at New England Medical Center when I graduated. I have practiced in orthopaedics ever since.
Why did you choose to work at Duke?
As a PA, I was always aware of the reputation of Duke as the birthplace of the profession.
Having worked in Orthopaedics for a number of years, I was also aware of the stellar reputation of Duke Orthopaedics.
When my family and I decided to relocate to North Carolina, it was an easy decision to come to Duke once I was offered the opportunity.
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
I enjoy the privilege of working with patients to help them overcome their musculoskeletal complaints.
I am also privileged to be a member of a world-class team that delivers the best orthopaedic care around.
Hand and upper extremity complaints