Shepard’s Care Medical Clinic
Class of 2009
Maria M. del Valle-Torres, MHS, PA-C, graduated from the Duke Physician Assistant Program in 2009 with a Master of Health Sciences degree. Prior to entering the PA program, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, in 1982 and a Master of Science in Physiology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, in 1989. Ms. del Valle-Torres worked in research and laboratory roles leading up to her PA education.
In 2009, Ms. del Valle-Torres began her career as a PA working at Duke University Health System in the Division of Neurosurgery. Ms. del Valle-Torres has had a commitment to service and, since 2011, has served as a PA with Shepherd’s Care Medical Clinic in Zebulon, NC. Here she provides medical care as a solo practitioner in a community health setting to underserved populations. Additionally, she has a passion for global health and has volunteered her time and resources as a leader in the Women’s and Maternal Health Initiative under the 410 Bridge Development organization, as a member of the medical team to Carolinas Honduras Health Foundation, the Duke Uganda Neurosurgery team and as a board member, medical provider and translator for Hands of Compassion mobile clinics in Ecuador, South America. She also was a member of the Duke PA program group to Cuba as part of the MEDICC people-to-people exchange. Ms. del Valle-Torres believes so strongly in the importance of global health experiences that she and her husband have funded a global health scholarship to help provide rich experiences for Duke PA students interested in global work.