Maha Lund, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA, has had a distinguished career as an educator and a certified physician assistant. Dr. Lund was raised in Osnabrück, Germany where she completed the equivalent of an American pre-med program at the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover before moving to the United States. Lund graduated with a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Chatham University in 2001. She later earned her Doctor of Health Science from NOVA Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale in 2012. While attaining her Doctorate, Dr. Lund’s studies focused on PA education and leadership in health care professions.
Prior to becoming a certified PA, Dr. Lund worked as a self-employed German translator and interpreter specializing in medical and technical translation work and taught German in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Dr. Lund moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a project manager for curriculum development and an instructor for Languages by Nicole, an international language instruction and consulting company in the Pittsburgh area.
Dr. Lund became interested in the PA profession through her mother, a nurse and nurse educator. After graduating with her master’s degree, Dr. Lund worked as a physician assistant in hospital medicine at Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center and then at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, also in hospital medicine. Dr. Lund was a founding member of the Physician Assistant Clinical Educator (PACE) team – the first internal medicine PA team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She also initiated the PA student precepting program with MCPHS University, co-chaired PA Grand Rounds for approximately 120 PAs, and represented the PACE team at hospital-wide Chief PA meetings.
Dr. Lund’s first faculty position was at MCPHS University from 2004-2014. She started as a preceptor and adjunct faculty member and eventually became program director in 2011. Dr. Lund transferred to Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta in 2014, where she currently works as program director.
Dr. Lund is a member of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Physician Assistant Education Association. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Three Rivers Area Health Education Center. She is a former Board of Trustee for the Physician Assistant History Society. She is also an Accreditation Site Visitor for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) and serves on their Board of Commissioners. Dr Lund is currently the Dean of Elon University’s School of Health Sciences.
Dr. Lund has two siblings: an older sister and a younger brother. She is married to Mack Lund and they have two daughters, one of whom graduated with a degree in public health.
Acknowledgments: This biographical sketch was prepared by Michelle Schabowski with the assistance of Dr. Lund and submitted to the Society in March 2019. This biography was updated in February of 2023. The photograph is courtesy of NeTosha Randle.