Director for the Physician Assistant Program and Assistant Clinical Professor

Gerald Kayingo Gerald Kayingo is the director for the Master of Health Services ― Physician Assistant Studies Program and an assistant clinical professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. Kayingo has extensive experience in scholarship, education, clinical practice and global health. His research interests relate to health systems research, specifically patient-centered outcomes, team-based care, quality and safety, health-care education, workforce studies as well as advancing rural and global health with mobile technologies. His clinical interests are in primary care settings.

Prior to his UC Davis appointment in 2014, he was a faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine Physician Associate Program and practiced at the Yale New Haven Hospital Primary Care Center in Connecticut.

He is a graduate of the Harvard Management Development Program (MDP) following a Master of Medical Science-Physician Assistant Degree at Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut and a Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology from Orange Free State University in South Africa. He completed his postdoctoral education in Infectious Diseases at Yale University School of Medicine, where he studied microbial pathogenesis, membrane transport and signal transduction. 

Nationally, Kayingo serves as a trustee of the Physician Assistant Foundation, a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Physician Assistant Education, and a member of both the Commission on the Health of the Public and the national health disparities working group for the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He was recently inducted into the prestigious Uganda National Academy of Sciences. He is a recipient of several awards, including the 2016 PA Student Academy mentor award, the 2015 AAPA Research Publishing Award and the 2014 Jack Cole Society Award at Yale.

In 1999, he received a grant to study and improve adherence to medication by homeless patients living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases. In 2011, he received a grant from the Physician Assistant Foundation to conduct a training program, “Capacity Building in Non-Communicable Diseases,” for practitioners in Uganda known as clinical officers. In 2012, he was also funded by the Physician Assistant Education Association to study the impact of the Patient-Centered Medical Home on physician assistant education. In 2015, he was funded to implement project iFloss, an innovative approach to oral health education that is interprofessional, person-centered, team based and culturally sensitive. He is the 1997 recipient of the prestigious University of Zimbabwe Book Prize for Academic Excellence. He is a recent recipient of the Carnegie Foundation fellowship to continue his global health work in Uganda.

His work has been published in several peer reviewed journals including Family Medicine, Yale Journal of Biology & Medicine, Microbiology (UK), Journal of Molecular Microbiology & Biotechnology, Trends in Microbiology, FEMS Yeast Research, Archives of Microbiology, Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek, Yeast, Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Journal of Interprofessional Care, International Journal of Medical Education, Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, Journal of Physician Assistant Education and Annals of Global Health.


Contact Information: Phone: 916-734-7561  | Email: gkayingo@ucdavis.edu

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