Kelly Harrison grew up in Elkton, Maryland, graduating as salutatorian from North East High School in 1988. She graduated with B.A. in studio art from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 1993. Her path led her to complete a B.S. in biology at Southern Illinois University in 1999. She worked in laboratory at Washington University School of Medicine with Dr. Jeffrey Teckman on alpha-1 anti-trypsin research prior to physician assistant school.
She completed her physician assistant studies with honors receiving an MSPA from King’s College, in Wilkes Barre, PA in 2002. Following PA school, she worked in orthopedic surgery for Valley Sports and Arthritis Surgeons in Allentown, PA, and subsequently for Lehigh Valley Physician Group in emergency medicine at Lehigh Valley Health Network. She initially began with DFES in a part-time role while she served on the faculty of Drexel University’s physician assistant program for two years and then joined DFES as a full-time physician assistant.
In her spare time, she enjoys photography, art, meditation, yoga, and spending time with family and friends. Her research interests include physician assistant utilization to increase access to care, both at home and abroad, as well as clinical education of physician assistants.