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Allison Rusgo, MPH, MHS, PA-C

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Allison Rusgo


Associate Clinical Professor

Physician Assistant Department

Allison Rusgo joined the Physician Assistant Department faculty in April 2016. She has practiced clinically in Emergency Medicine and inpatient Cardiology. Rusgo graduated from the University of Rochester in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in French. In 2010, she graduated from The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University with a Master of Science in Public Health, concentrating in Global Health & Community Development. In the Physician Assistant department, Rusgo serves as the course director for several didactic-year clinical medicine courses and is the internal medicine clinical coordinator. Within the college, Rusgo is a member of CNHP’s Board of Global HealthCare Engagement. Additionally, she is a regional representative for the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants and a department editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She also maintains clinical responsibilities as a hospitalist physician assistant at Einstein Medical Center-Montgomery.

Professional Society

American Academy of Physician Assistants
Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants

Selected Publications

  • Rusgo, Allison, et al (2021). "Evidenced- Based Assessment of the Heart and Circulatory System "Evidence-Based Physical Examination: Best Practice for Health and Well-Being Assessment, edited by Alice M. Teall et al., New York, Springer Publishing, 2021, pp. 103-56.
  • Rusgo, A. (2019). Cardiovascular review. In C. Harris (Ed.), Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Practice Guidelines. New York, NY: Springer. ISBN-13: 978-0826170040
  • Rusgo, A., & Auth, P. (2019). Musculoskeletal review. In J. Kinzel & P. Auth (Eds.), PA Review for the PANCE (5th ed., pp. 217-254). Wolters Kluwer. ISBN-13: 978-1496384188
  • Rusgo, A. (2019). Advanced health assessment of the cardiovascular system. In K. M. Myrick & L. M. Karosas (Eds.), Advanced Health Assessment and Differential Diagnosis Essentials for Clinical Practice (pp. 159-204). New York, NY: Springer.
  • Rusgo, A., Carraro, M., Niehaus, M., Reynolds, S., & Jacoby, J. (2016). An unusual cause of abdominal pain in pregnancy: omental infarction. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Editorial review board membership:

Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (Department Editor: A Difficult Diagnosis)

Research Interests

Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Global Health, Peer-Based Learning


Emergency Medicine & Hospital Medicine/Cardiology
  • MHS Drexel University: Physician Assistant Program (Dec 2012)
    Pi Alpha Honor Society Inductee
  • MPH Emory University: Rollins School of Public Health (June 2010)
    Concentration: Global Health/Community Health & Development
    Graduate Thesis: Examining the Influence of Peers on Sexual Behavior
    within Migrant Populations: A Case Study of Israel’s Ethiopian Immigrants
  • BA University of Rochester, French Honors Program (June 2008)
    Minor: Biology
    Highest Distinction/ Highest Research Honors: Dept. Modern Languages