Prof. Mark Taafel, PA-C, ABD
Clinical Director of the Physician Assistant Institute
Assistant Professor, Health Science
Professor Mark Taafel is a seasoned clinician with more than 30 years of clinical experience in Primary Care, Psychiatry/ Addiction Medicine and Emergency Medicine. Attending Heidelberg University after his secondary school education in Australia and Ohio, Professor Taafel distinguished himself as an undergraduate at Heidelberg, completing independent research in Biology, Calculus and Physiology earning a place after graduation as a doctoral student in the Physiology Department at Wake Forrest/Bowman Gray School of Medicine. As a student at Bowman Gray, Professor Taafel was exposed to physician and physician associate students and developed a love for medicine.
Having completed all of the required coursework for the Doctor of Philosophy in Physiology he left his program ABD Professor Taafel sought and was accepted to the Physician Assistant Department of Emory University School of Medicine. While at Emory, he developed his interest in the above mentioned specialties while working with the indigent population of Atlanta.
After graduation Professor Taafel moved to the New England area where he developed his practice in Internal Medicine/ Primary Care working with the Psychiatric and Addicted Population of Southern New England.
Throughout his experiences, Professor Taafel was responsible for the clinical teaching of Medical and Physician Associate Students of Yale University School of Medicine where he held the position of Lecturer in Medicine.
Most recently, Professor Taafel held the position of Chief Physician Associate at Griffin Hospital( Yale Affiliate) with additional Clinical teaching appointments for Quinnipiac University and University of New England and Yale University School of Medicine Physician Associate program. His strong connection and outstanding clinical reputation with the healthcare community in the region positions the Institute to develop clerkship experiences with clinicians who are known to be student oriented and will offer outstanding clinical experiences.