Peter D. Kuemmel

Peter D. Kuemmel, MS, PA-C
Clinical Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Physician Assistant Education


Research & Scholary Activities


Professor Kuemmel received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1978 as part of its second graduating PA class (he remains an avid Badger and Packer fan). He came to New York shortly thereafter and completed the Postgraduate Residency in Surgery for PAs at the Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1980. He was a member of Montefiore’s Renal Transplant Team until 1983, when he took a similar position at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Peter became a full-time member of the PA Program faculty in 1984, serving as the Clinical Coordinator for ten years. As part of efforts to enhance the Geriatrics curriculum, he completed a mini-fellowship in Geriatric Education for Physician Assistant Faculty, at Stanford University in 1986. Professor Kuemmel was named as the department’s Vice Chair in 1987 and completed his MS in Health Sciences (Education Track) at Stony Brook in 1994.

Professor Kuemmel has primary responsibility for the Geriatrics curriculum (both prelinical and clinical), the Research Design/EBM course, and the Professional Practice Issues course. Over the years he has chaired the SHTM Academic Standing and Educational Technology Committees, and currently serves on the Provost's Assessment Taskforce and University Senate Educational Services Committee.  Professor Kuemmel also served as Associate Director of the Long Island Geriatric Education Center (LIGEC) for ten years. LIGEC was a federally-funded project which provided education to the faculty and students of all five HSC schools, as well as to other educational and healthcare institutions across Long Island.

Peter's involvement in the profession has included service as a member of the New York State Department of Health’s Board for Professional Medical Conduct, and Newsletter Editor for the NY State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA). He received NYSSPA’s inaugural PA Educator of the Year award in 1995, and speaks on a regular basis at local, regional, and national PA conferences on a variety of medical and professional topics.  Peter was the 2011-2012 President of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, and continues to serve as webmaster for the organization.  He was appointed January 1, 2014 as a Commissioner for the ARC-PA, the national organization that accredits Physician Assistant programs.

Peter’s leisure time is spent enjoying time with family, especially in outdoor activities. He hopes to finish visiting every National Park at some point in the next twenty years. His wife is also a PA, and all three of his children have received all or part of their college education at Stony Brook.