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Three PA Studies faculty promoted to assistant professor

The Department of Physician Assistant Studies is extremely pleased to announce that Erich Grant, MMS, PA-C; Tiffany Hiatt, MMS, PA-C; and Ian Smith, MMS, PA-C, have been promoted to assistant professor. All three are graduates of the Wake Forest PA program.

Erich Grant, a Winston-Salem native, has been with PA Studies for 10 years. He worked as an HIV case manager before PA school and also taught night classes for adult high school students at Forsyth Tech. He has practiced clinically in HIV outpatient medicine and now works in neurorehabilitation at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Erich is an avid biker and amateur handyman who just completed a renovation of a ski condo, successfully bringing it from 1984 to 2014. He is married to PA Studies faculty member Jill Grant, PA-C, MS, MMS, and father to 2-year-old Fischer.


Erich Grant, Tiffany Hiatt, and Ian Smith

Tiffany Hiatt grew up in Greensboro and earned her undergraduate degree in nutrition science from the University of Georgia. Before becoming a PA, she worked as a nutritionist for WIC, the federal government's special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children. After completing the Wake Forest PA program in 2007, Tiffany practiced in family medicine in Charlotte before joining PA Studies in 2009. She now practices clinically in endocrinology with a strong interest in diabetes management. She enjoys baking and spending time with her husband and her young son and daughter.

Ian Smith joined the Marine Corps at age 18 out of what he describes as "a sense of duty and adventure." He says that trading the mountains of East Tennessee, where he grew up, for the Hindu Kush in Afghanistan gave him some "much needed perspective and maturity." Ian went to PA school after leaving the Marine Corps and was graduated from the Wake Forest program in 2011. He practices in trauma and surgical critical care medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and enjoys teaching in the PA program and the ICU, particularly procedural education. Ian is also a newly appointed first lieutenant in the North Carolina Army National Guard, enjoys spending time with his son and their dog, and coaches and competes in Crossfit.

Congratulations to all three!


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