Professor, Vice Chair for Education
Duke University Medical Center
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Class of 1981
Justine Strand de Oliveira, DrPH, PA-C, DFAAPA graduated from the Duke University PA Program in 1981 with a Bachelor of Health Science degree and was the Duke PA Program Alumnus of the Year in 2014. After graduation, she began her career as a PA at the Sunrise Community Health Center in Greeley, Colorado. From 1982 to 1984, Dr. Strand de Oliveira worked in Mambucaba, Brazil, where she holds permanent residency status, as a medical liaison. Upon her return to the United States in 1984, Dr. Strand de Oliveira moved to Austin, Texas, where she worked for ten years at Austin Regional Clinic treating obstetrics and gynecology patients. She moved back to Durham in 1994, where she worked as a PA and served as the Director of General Health Services at the Durham County Health Department for three years. Dr. Strand de Oliveira earned her Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health in 1998. She returned to Duke in 1997, where she was Chief of the Physician Assistant Division from 1999 to 2012, and served as program director from 2001 to 2003.
In 2008, Dr. Strand de Oliveira earned the Doctor of Public health degree from University of North Carolina, School of Public Health. Currently, she is Professor and Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Community and Family Medicine where she works collaboratively to coordinate, facilitate and strengthen the academic programs of the Department. Dr. Strand de Oliveira continues to practice clinically at the TROSA outpatient clinic.
Dr. Strand de Oliveira is a past president of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). She is an emerita member of the North Carolina Institute of Medicine and is a past president of the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation. Dr. Strand de Oliveira is a distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (DFAAPA) and a member of Pi Alpha, the national physician assistant honor society. She was recognized as the Outstanding PA of the Year by the American Academy of Physician Assistants in 2005.