Physician Assistant Faculty and Staff
B. Kent Diduch, MD
B. Kent Diduch, MD, is a native Virginian who studied at the College of William and Mary before graduating from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is a board-certified family physician who practiced in Bridgewater for 12 years before he transitioned into education. He started as a faculty member in the PA program and Athletic Training programs at JMU while also serving as their primary care team physician. He joined the PA faculty at Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences in the summer of 2018. When not working, Dr. Diduch likes cycling and spending time with his family. His wife is a professor of economics at Mary Baldwin University and they have one daughter, Emma.
Benjamin G. Farley, MD
Ben Farley grew up in Greeneville, Tennessee. He graduated from Bucknell University in 1989 with a B.A. in English. After working one year as a social worker, tutor, and counselor for at-risk youth in Philadelphia and one year as a teacher, he matriculated at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1991 and graduated in 1995. He completed his postgraduate training in 1998 at Wyoming Valley Family Practice Residency in Kingston, PA. While there, he was awarded two scholarships and a Resident Teacher Award by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, “in recognition of demonstrated interest, ability, and commitment to family medicine education.”
Ben moved to Staunton in 1998 and worked at Augusta Health Family Practice and Augusta Health in Fishersville from 1998 until 2012. During his tenure at Augusta Health, he served two years as vice-chair of the medical department and two more years as chair of the medical department. He was also a member of Augusta Health’s executive committee for those four years.
In 2012, Dr. Farley joined Staunton Medical Associates, where he practiced outpatient family medicine until joining Augusta Health as an urgent care physician in June, 2015. He has worked closely with PAs throughout his career, and he enjoys teaching and precepting students. He is an instructor in the following courses: Clinical Reasoning, Clinical Medicine Casework, Pathophysiology, Patient History and Communication, Physical Diagnosis I and II, Clinical Medicine I, II, and III, and Laboratory and Diagnostic Studies. He also looks forward to continuing to serve as a preceptor.
Ben is married and has three children. When he is not taking care of patients or working with students, he enjoys spending time with his family, running or hiking with his three dogs, reading, and playing soccer.
Emily Greene, MPAS,
Emily Greene graduated from James Madison University Physician Assistant Program after attending University of Mary Washington for her B.S. in Biology. She practiced Urology full time for nine years before transitioning to education. As a member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee at Augusta Health Hospital she is dedicated to promoting awareness of antibiotic resistance. Emily has went on medical mission trips to Mexico and Bolivia as well as in the Appalachians. A Shenandoah Valley native, Emily lives with her husband and dog in Afton. She is an avid gardener and mountain biker, and prefers to spend most of her time outside.
Jennifer Hancock, PhD
Dr. Jennifer Hancock joined Mary Baldwin University in 2016 after teaching anatomy, physiology and research methods for 7 years at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. She earned her BA in biology from Capital University and her PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from Ohio University.
Within the Murphy Deming College of Health Science, Dr. Hancock teaches anatomy and pathophysiology for the physician assistant program, anatomy, physiology and neuroanatomy for the physical therapy program, and anatomy and neuroanatomy for the occupational therapy program.
Jennifer Hunt, MMS, PA-C
Jennifer Hunt completed her Master’s in Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Arcadia University in 2009. After graduation, she joined Lima Memorial Physicians group as a family practice and occupational medicine PA. While at Lima Memorial, Ms. Hunt was asked to join the EMR committee and helped develop clinical templates and implement the use of electronic medical records in all of the outpatient clinics. As one of the few clinicians on the EMR committee, she developed educational materials for her fellow clinicians and streamlined the processes of EMR use.
With a passion for wellness and preventive medicine, in addition to her clinical practice, Ms. Hunt became the Lima Memorial Wellness Coach and helped develop the hospital’s insurance wellness program and community worksite wellness programs. This involved coordinating the compliance of wellness participants, performing and interpreting wellness screenings, and developing educational and preventive programs. Ms. Hunt was an integral liaison between the ever changing push toward wellness and prevention in healthcare and the affected patients and medical providers.
Prior to joining the Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences, Ms. Hunt worked with Hometown Urgent Care and Occupational Health in Columbus, Ohio. She currently practices clinically in urgent care at Augusta Health.
Don Solimini, MHA, PA-C
Donald Solimini, PA-C, MHA is a Connecticut native who graduated from St. Louis University’s PA Program in Missouri. He had attended St. Michael’s College in Vermont where he received his BA in Biology. After graduation from PA school he was initially employed within the Veterans Administration Healthcare System. Mr. Solimini transitioned into Pediatrics and Neonatology and spent 25 years as a Senior Pediatric Physician Assistant at The Hospital of Central Connecticut.
His Master in Health Administration is from Quinnipiac University where he was a lecturer in Pediatrics at Quinnipiac University’s Physician Assistant for 10 years. Mr. Solimini speaks locally and nationally for various PA organizations and has also been extensively involved with Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants (ConnAPA) and with American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) on the Conference Planning Committee for the national Physician Assistant Conference. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA.
Besides Quinnipiac University he has previous academic experience as an Assistant Director of Clinical Education where he contributed as a PA educator full-time for three years. Prior to moving to Virginia, he was employed by Connecticut Children’s Medical Center as a Pediatric Critical Care PA.
Don also serves with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Council on Immunization Practice (ACIP) as a member of the Childhood and Adolescent Immunization and General Recommendations Workgroups. He is the only PA serving on these Workgroups.
His passion is his involvement with global health missions to underserved countries and has made trips to Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Central & South America.
Professor Solimini brings to Murphy Deming College of Health Sciences PA Program a long career in clinical and didactic service.
Whit Worman, MPAS,
Whit Worman, Assistant Professor, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education with a minor in Math and Science from the University of Dayton, Dayton OH. She received her Surgical Physician Assistant degree from Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, OH, graduating first in her class. Her Master of Physician Assistant Studies was completed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, in Leadership with an Educational Theory focus.
Ms. Worman spent the vast majority of her PA career in surgical sub-specialties, finishing her surgical career as a cardiothoracic PA. In addition, after her surgical career, she practiced in cardiology, family medicine and behavioral health. The past 10 years she has worked in PA education, holding positions as Program Director, Director of Academic Education and Director of Clinical Education.