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Posted almost 2 years ago by Camille Dyer


Laura Okolie, DMSc, PA-C, is a graduate of the Duke Physician Assistant Program and the University of Lynchburg, where she earned her Doctor of Medical Science degree. She currently works as a Family Medicine PA in a rural community located in North Carolina. In addition to her clinical work, she has served as one of two clinicians on a committee designed to optimize quality healthcare and healthcare delivery among key stakeholders.

Dr. Okolie is a 2020 NC Medical Society and Kanof Institute for Physician Leadership Future Clinician Leaders scholar who worked with an interprofessional team to address increasing diversity within the NC healthcare workforce. Since graduation, she has helped facilitate multiple classes on Leading in Society through the lens of medicine and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She currently serves on the NC Medical Society’s Ethical and Judicial Affairs Committee and is a member of the North Carolina Association of PAs.

PA Okolie has a passion for policy, advocacy, and change. As a recipient of the NCAPA Endowment Lanny Memorial grant, she attended the March 2020 Leadership and Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, where she joined several passionate colleagues to advocate on the hill. This experience solidified Okolie’s passion for leadership development and PA advocacy. As a clinician leader, she hopes to competently and compassionately serve marginalized groups, work to increase minority representation in the PA profession, engage in mentorship opportunities, and strategically advance the PA profession.

In her free time, Okolie enjoys being involved with ministerial work, attending Zumba class, watching Nollywood movies, and spending quality time with friends and family.