Physician Assistant Program

Meet the Director

David E. Kotun; PA-C, MPAS, Ed.D., DFAAPA

Associate Professor, Morsani College of Medicine

Professor Kotun is the President of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants and is currently the Founding Program Director for the University of South Florida Physician Assistant program. He was the Director of Clinical Education for the four Nova Southeastern University Physician Assistant Programs. He was the first Clinical Director for the Orlando Physician Assistant program and one of the original faculty members. His prior position was as a faculty member at the University of South Florida College of Medicine for six years, teaching physician assistant, medical, nurse practitioner, medical, and clinical pharmacy students in the classroom and the family medicine clinic. This was his first job on retirement from the U.S.A.F. at Mac Dill A.F.B., Fl. in February of 2000.

His Air Force career lasted twenty-seven years, beginning as a laboratory technician and a laboratory instructor at March A.F.B. in Riverside, California. From there, he went to the U.S.N. Nuclear Medicine School at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland and served at David Grant U.S.A.F. Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas until 1983 when he was accepted into the U.S.A.F. Physician Assistant program at Sheppard A.F.B. in Wichita Falls, Texas. After his first duty assignment at Tyndall A.F.B. in Panama City, Florida, Professor Kotun and his family were sent overseas to England and Germany to serve at R.A.F. Bentwaters, United Kingdom, Sembach A.B. and Ramstein A.B. Germany. He was a medical readiness instructor and evaluator as well as a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (N.A.T.O.) medical readiness inspector. He returned to Florida in 1998 to supervise the Interservice Physician Assistant Program clinical students at Mac Dill A.F.B., Florida.

Professor Kotun graduated from the University of Oklahoma, College of Medicine with a Bachelors Degree as a Physician Associate in 1985, then from the University of Nebraska, College of Medicine with a Masters degree in Physician Assistant Studies in 1999. He earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of South Florida in 2011. Prior education is Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology from George Washington University in 1981 and he held an American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (A.R.R.T.) nuclear medicine certification from 1980 to 2011 (now in retired status). He has an Associate of Science in Laboratory Technology from the Community College of the Air Force awarded in 1982.

He has been on the Board of Directors for the Florida Academy East Central Florida Regional Director then as the West Central Regional Director, he is a member of the AAPA House of Delegates representing Florida. He has been a member of the Conference Planning Committee since 1999 and was the Tampa, Florida area representative for the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants from 2001 through 2006. He is a Fellow Member of the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and a member of the AAPA Veteran’s Caucus.