Wayne A. Mathews, MS, PA-C, CAQ-EM, DFAAPA

Research Director, Associate Professor

Department of Medical Sciences
Division of Physician Assistant Education

University of Nebraska Medical Center
984300 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4300

Academic Appointments:
Research Director, Physician Assistant Education, 2017-present
Associate Director, Physician Assistant Education, 2016-2017
Associate Professor, UNMC College of Allied Health Professions, 2016
Assistant Professor, Southern Illinois School of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program, 1998-2016

Degrees/ Certifications:
Master of Science Public Health Epidemiology, University of Illinois, 1995
Bachelor of Science, Physician Assistant Studies, UNMC, 1981
Certificate Added Qualification, Emergency Medicine, NCCPA, 2011
Certified by the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants, 1981-present

Primary Teaching Responsibilities:
Oversee Problem Based Learning components of PA curriculum.
Course Director for Research component of curriculum.
Guest instructor in areas of specialty.

PI: Antibiotic Resistance in the Elkhorn River: a Baseline Evaluation Prior to the Operation of a
Large Commercial Chicken Plant in the Upstream Runoff Area,2017-2018, $10,000.
Co-PI: One Health: a Systems Approach linking human and livestock antibiotic resistance at the
watershed scale. 2017-2020. $149,511
Co-PI: Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship: Precious Drugs and Scary Bugs. Illinois Department
of Public Health, CDC. 2015-2016. $10,000.
PI: Childhood literacy in a Family Medicine Residency. Reach Out and Read. 2015-2016. $5000.
PI: HRSA PC-TE, grant “Making Mental Health Primary,” applied 2019, merit score 89.

Scholarly Activity:
Common Musculoskeletal Problems: A Handbook, 2nd edition  Chapter 2, The Cervical Spine. W Mathews, C Arguelles. Springer publisher 2015.

Mathews WA. SIU School of Medicine Problem Based Curriculum Unit Case Series, ‘Hypoglycemic Seizures’. 06/1999.

Donner L, Staley ZR, Petali J, Sangster J, Li X, Mathews W, ... Bartelt-Hunt S. (2022). The Human Health Implications of Antibiotic Resistance in Environmental Isolates from Two Nebraska Watersheds. Microbiology Spectrum, e02082-21.

Horak S, Mathews W. Quantifying the Economic Value of a Physician Assistant in Orthopaedics: A Revenue-Based Comparison of Postoperative Care of a Physician Assistant Versus Surgeon. JBJS JOPA 2020; e19.00046

Mathews W, Fitzpatrick S, Hanigan E. A comparison of preclinical learning environments and PA student competencies. Int J Med Pharm. 8:1. April 2020.

Bergman SJ, Williams S, Alu C, Mathews W. An antimicrobial stewardship public commitment poster intervention to improve antibiotic prescribing in a University primary care clinic. Pharmacotherapy Vol 37(12):e185, 2017.

Mathews WA. It’s Time for CMS to Utilize Functional Assessment as a Key Quality Component.  Am J Managed Care.  July 2015.

Mathews WA.  Should We Screen Women for Cervical Cancer Over Age 65? Evidence Based Practice. March 2015.

Junker J, Mathews WA. Management of Umbilical Hernia. Evidence Based Practice. Dec. 2014

Mathews WA. Care Coordination Measures of a Family Medicine Residency as a Model for Hospital Readmission Reduction.  Am J Managed Care. 2014;20(11):e540-e542

Posters and Presentations:

Mathews W. A Comparison of Preclinical Learning Environments: Student Perceptions of Clinical Competency. Heartland Interprofessional Education Conference. Aug 1-2, 2019.

Mathews W. Getting Published. UNMC APP Grand Rounds. Oct 10, 2018.

Mathews W. Looking through the window: a Metacognitive Instrument to Teach Physical Exam to Pre-clinical PA Students. IAE Spotlight on Scholarship May 10, 2018.

Mathews W. A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Resistance: A Review and Preliminary Report. Strengthening One Health in Nebraska stakeholder meeting, Dec. 6, 2017.

Bergman S, Mathews W, Alu C. An antimicrobial stewardship public commitment poster intervention to improve antibiotic prescribing in a University primary care clinic. Association of Clinical Pharmacy, Oct. 7-10, 2017.

Mathews WA, Bergman S. Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Outpatient Setting: Engaging the Patient and Measuring Progress. IDPH Precious Drugs and Scary Bugs webinar. June 23, 2015.

Mathews WA. Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship. APIC Illinois Conference, Bloomington, IL. August 7, 2015.

Mathews WA. Web-Based Reporting of Regional Outpatient Antibiotic Resistances. Presented at SHEA 2015 Conference, May 2015.

Mathews WA. Relation Between Hospital Charges and Pneumonia Quality Indicators in US Hospitals 2012. Presented at SHEA 2015 Conference, 2015.

Mathews WA. Downstate Illinois Partnership Against Antibiotic Resistance. Presented at Illinois Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit, March 2015.

Mathews WA. Antibiotic Stewardship Project Update on DIPAAR. Presented for 7th Sergio Rabinovich Infectious Disease Seminar, SIU School of Medicine, May 6th, 2015.

Mathews WA, Ellington C. Medical Legal Curriculum for Family Medicine Residents. Medical-Legal Partnership Summit April, 2015.

Mathews WA, Petty D. Impact of Behavioral Ratings on the Assessment and Treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder. Winner of Poster competition at Teaching and Learning Symposium, SIU School of Medicine, April, 2014.

Kelly CW, Mathews WA, Botchway A, Mathews L .Implementation of a Medical Genetics Mini-Course Within a Physician Assistant Program.  Poster presentation at the AAPA National Conference, Boston, MA, May, 2014.

Mathews WA. Remediation of Family Medicine Residents Using Problem Based Learning Techniques. 04/2012, Poster at SIU School of Medicine Teaching and Learning  Symposium.

Mathews WA. Family History as a Genetics Core Competency. IAPA Symposium, 03/2011.

Clinical Positions:
UNMC Student Health: 1981-1983
Norfolk Regional Center, Psychiatry: 1983-1989
Carle Clinic: Internal Medicine, Epidemiology: 1989-1994
Kirby Hospital: Emergency Medicine: 1994-2011
Carle Clinic: Occupational Medicine, Urgent Care: 2011-2013
SIU Family Medicine: 2013-2016

Interprofessional  Academy of Educators, UNMC, 2017.

AAPA Strategic Commission on Research Initiatives, 2020-2021
UNMC Rural Action committee, 2020-present
Research Development, UNMC College of Allied Health, 2016-2018
Illinois Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Advisory Council, 2015
SIU PA Program, Program Assessment, 2008
Illinois Telemedicine Task Force, 1995-1997
Carle Preventive Health Task Force, 1992-1994
Editorial Staff, JAAPA, 1992-present.
Editorial Reviewer for American Journal of Managed Care, 2014.

Society of Healthcare Epidemiologists of America
Editorial Board of International Journal of Community & Family Medicine, 2017
Sharing Student run clinic board member, UNMC, 2016
Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Board, Illinois Department of Public Health, 2015-2016
Distinguished Fellow American Academy of Physician Assistants, 2008-present
Editor, American Journal of Managed Care, 2015-2016
Director, Downstate Illinois Partnership Against Antibiotic Resistance, 2014-2016

Honorable Mention, UNMC Impact on Educational Research, 2020
CAHP Innovative Scholarship Award, 2018
Pi Alpha National PA Honor Society, 2013
Press Ganey Summit Patient Satisfaction Award, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,2010, 2011: Kirby Hospital Emergency Department, Monticello, IL.