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Karin Olson, MS, PhD, PA-C

Program Director

Karin Olson 229 Rackham Building


Karin Olson joined Eastern Michigan University in May 2013 as an Assistant Professor and went on to become program director in November 2016. She received her MS in Physician Assistant Studies from University of Detroit Mercy in 1997 and has worked as a physician assistant in oncology at the University of Michigan for the past 18 years with a special focus on prostate cancer, hepatocellular cancer, and sarcoma. She has been actively involved in clinical research and has published extensively in the field of oncology. She has taught courses in creativity in science at The University of Michigan and has been an invited speaker at both patient and clinician forums. Ms. Olson also has been a volunteer clinician at Hope Medical Clinic since 2007. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and Physical Anthropology and also received an MA and PhD in English Language and Literature from The University of Michigan. Prior to her career as a PA she taught writing and literature.

Research Interests

Hormonal therapy and novel treatments for advanced prostate cancer

Side effects associated with radiation therapy

Honors and Awards

1997: Dean’s Scholar Award: University of Detroit Mercy College of Health Professions

1997: Chair’s Award for Clinical Excellence: University of Detroit Mercy College of Health Professions

1989: Thorpe Prize for dissertation of the year

The Physician Assistant Program is part of the School of Health Promotion & Human Performance, 318 Porter Building, 734.487.0090