South University Celebrates National Doctors’ Day

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South University is pleased to recognize the contributions of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant program Medical Directors to their communities and here at South in honor of National Doctors’ Day! Please join us in extending our appreciation to these individuals for their dedication and contributions to the field and to improving the lives of so many through their care as physicians.

Katie Tyson, MD, MEd, FACOG, FABOM
Medical Director
South University, Richmond Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program


Dr. Katie Tyson has been an integral part of the South University, Richmond Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) program since the inception of the program. She holds a BSEd and M.Ed. from the University of Virginia, and received her Medical Degree from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) where she also completed both her internship and residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Tyson contributes to the current clinical community as she serves on faculty with VCU practicing obstetrics, gynecology, and addiction medicine. In addition to serving as Medical Director, Dr. Tyson is the Chair of the Admissions Committee and lectures within the PA Program on topics pertaining to Women’s Health.

Dr. Tyson’s passion for medical education and commitment to the success of our students is evident in her lectures and enthusiasm. Her smile and positive attitude are infectious to all she teaches and works with in the program. We are truly fortunate to have Dr. Tyson as the Medical Director of the South University, Richmond Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program. She has contributed to the success of the program and continues to have a positive impact on the amazing health care providers being trained in the South University Richmond PA program.

Ray Rudolph, MD, MPH, FACS
Medical Director – Assistant Professor
South University, Savannah Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program


“To care and not know is dangerous, but to know and not care is worse and completely unacceptable.”

– Dr. Ray Rudolph

The South University, Savannah Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program is honored to have Dr. Ray Rudolph serve as our program’s medical director. Dr. Rudolph provides medical oversight and development for our curriculum. He is an active member of the program’s advisory committee, admissions committee, and cultivates positive relationships between our program and local communities. Dr. Rudolph supports the faculty and students as a medical liaison to our largest clinical rotation sites. He is active in philanthropy and creates opportunities for our students to volunteer in local non-profit organizations.

Elliott E. Cazes, MD, FACOG
Medical Director
South University, Tampa Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) Program



“Dr. Cazes has made a profound impact on the education of our PA students.  He is always willing to go the extra mile in training our students at his women’s health practice and caring for those in need as a volunteer chef.  We could not ask for a more perfect role model!”

Jeffrey Bishop, DO
Medical Director
South University, West Palm Beach Master of Science in Physician Assistant Program



Dr. Jeffrey Bishop is a Board-Certified Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine physician who earned his degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1985. Before medical school, he spent 10 years in the United States Navy and earned his Bachelor of Science in Medicine as a Physician Assistant from the University of Nebraska. He was one of the youngest Physician Assistants (PA) in the United States Navy and achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. His service to the Navy then afforded him the opportunity to pursue medical school. Dr. Bishop has been a resident of South Florida for over 60 years and has been in the Wellington/Royal Palm Beach area, serving patients and the community for more than 30 years.

Dr. Bishop has decades of experience in medical education. His career has come full circle as he is dedicated to educating PA students and serving the greater Palm Beach community in doing so. He embodies and advances the South University, West Palm Beach PA program’s vision – ” to educate a diverse student population as providers of high-quality, cost-efficient health care who will make a positive impact while practicing the art and science of medicine with physician collaboration.” He is a well-respected leader in the medical community and has established an environment that fosters mentorship, leadership, and service to our community.