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Faculty Spotlight: Daniela Cheles Livingston, MD, PA-C

November 6, 2020

Daniella LivingstonDaniela Cheles Livingston, MD, PA-C, is a graduate of University of Washington School of Medicine, MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program class of 2001. Upon graduation, she was hired by Hahnemann PA Program, where she completed an internship in faculty development. 

Before her almost twenty years of full-time PA teaching, Daniela worked as a physician in pediatrics in her native country – Romania.

During her tenure at Hahnemann/Drexel, Daniela has played a pivotal role in curriculum development and initial implementation of clinical workshops that provide students with a smooth transition between their academic and clinical stages of their education. Daniela chairs the Didactic Comprehensive Examination Committee. She has directed or co-directed multiple courses in the PA program and continues to direct/co-direct the Clinical Medicine and Pathophysiology courses in addition to teaching small groups in clinical reasoning and clinical assessment. She has mentored new PA faculty members. One of the most recent initiatives that she contributed to was “Peer to Peer” activities that emphasize the team productivity and benefits in PA’s life-long continuous medical education.

Daniela is an invited member of the Drexel University CNHP Master Teacher’s Guild and continues to present workshops and poster presentations at both the local and national levels. With colleagues from the PA faculty, she wrote and published articles in different medical journals and chapters in Auth, P.C., Kinzel, J. (Eds) PA review for the PANCE multiple editions, Tkacs, N (Ed) “Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology: Essentials for Clinical Practice" (2018), Springer publishing.

What music is currently on your playlist?
My playlist is the map of where I've been.
My baroque "bunch" - Telemann, Bach (the daddy), "Toni" Vivaldi....
My disco youth - Tina Charles, Donna Summer, Bee Gees....
My "radical" part of my youth - King Crimson, Deep Purple, Cat Stephens, Donovan
My "time to love the world" - Beethoven's 7th symphony, Brahms' 3rd and lots of Dvorak and then, I fell for --Yo-Yo Ma with his international folk creations and friendships, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, Nina Simone
My newest ones - Satie and the music from "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"

What is an item on your bucket list?
It used to be to see Petra in Jordan. Now, all I want is to see us all out of this dark time and to be able to go see my mother in my native country.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Misty, foggy Scottish Highlands

Tell us one fun fact about yourself that may not be on your resume.
According to my grand-daughter, I am a huggable Nana.