Adrian S. Banning is a full-time Associate Professor in the Delaware Valley University PA Program, joining the faculty in 2022. Dr. Banning has been a full-time PA educator since 2008, having taught many different topics and having led many different courses with particular experience teaching evidence-based medicine topics and clinical medicine. Since 2008, she has held multiple roles including Research Coordinator and Director of Innovation and Development.
Adrian's clinical focus is primary care, having had a proud focus on the veteran population before transitioning to education and research. She has also provided primary care in an acute psychiatric setting. Dr. Banning is interested in utilizing and applying evidence-based medicine and education effectively, adult learning strategies, improving empathetic patient-provider communication and the overlap between art and science. Adrian is a first-generation college student and supports increasing diversity and pay equity in the PA profession. Dr. Banning finds the greatest reward as an educator to be supporting students in meeting their educational and career goals while maintaining their well-being.
She has authored several publications in and The Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA) and The Journal of Physician Assistant Education (JPAE) and is a peer-reviewer for both journals. She has also presented at PA conferences nationally. Adrian is the former editor of the A Difficult Diagnosis section of JAAPA, Exploring Medicine Through the Arts in JPAE. In addition to presenting at the local, state, and national levels, she has also facilitated Faculty 201 PAEA workshops. Adrian was a founding and long-time cohost of the JAAPA podcast and is currently one of the founding cohosts of the Airwaves and Educators podcast and the cohost of The AAPA Primary Care Review and Perspectives podcast by Hippo Education. In 2016, Adrian was recognized in BillyPenn’s, “Who’s Next in Health'' as one of 13 young Philly leaders shaping the health scene. She was also selected to be one of two 2020-2021 PAEA Research Fellows, her project focusing on correlations between PA programs' well-being curricula and student well-being. Dr. Banning is proud to have been invited by graduating students to be the Drexel University PA Program graduation guest speaker in 2015 and was also the recipient of the student-selected inaugural Drexel University Physician Assistant Program Servant Leader Award in 2020.
Dr. Banning received her undergraduate degree in Psychobiology from Arcadia University in 2002, her Master of Health Science and PA degree from Arcadia University in 2006 and her Doctoral degree from Drexel University in 2020, focusing on the influence of the incorporation of art into medical education of student empathy and burnout.