Laura A. Kirk, MSPAS, PA-C, is the Assistant Director of Advanced Practice Providers, Ambulatory Services at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Ms. Kirk completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before completing a master's of science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She is recognized by the American Academy of PAs as a Distinguished Fellow. Ms. Kirk has achieved the designation of Faculty from the Academy of Communication in Healthcare (ACH) and is trained as a facilitator and instructor for relationship-centered communication by the ACH. During her career, she has served in clinical roles in orthopaedic surgery, interventional radiology, and otolaryngology. She has also taken on roles in multi-site clinical operations, interprofessional education, advanced practice provider (APP) mentorship, credentialing, and onboarding, as well as 1:1 communication coaching for both physicians and APPs. Ms. Kirk currently holds a volunteer board positions with the Society of PAs in Otorhinolaryngology as director at large and serves ass co-director for ENT for the PA-C, also holding a volunteer board position with ACH as Vice President of External Education.