Physician Assistant, Provider

Patricia Kathleen Jeys is a physician assistant provider at BHC. She completed a BS in art, political science, and biology at Colorado Mesa State University and an MS in physician assistant studies  at the University of Utah. She is a board-certified cytotechnologist and practices at BHC as a PA diagnosing, treating, and supervising research projects related to ME/CFS, FM and related comorbidities.

Jeys moved from the east coast at an early age and after a diverse undergraduate experience she certified in cytotechnology, teaching at two different institutions. She became committed to a deeper clinical engagement and pursued studies in Utah to become a physician assistant. Jeys is active in her professional associations and a frequent lecturer at related CME events.
  

Education and Training

Institution and Location

Degree

Completion  Field of Study
Colorado Mesa State University, Grand Junction, Colorado

St. Mary’s Hospital, Grand Junction

Colorado Mesa State University

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

AS

Certificate

BS

MS

1975

1976

1986

2004

Science

Cytotechnology

Art, Pol Science, Biology

Physician Assistant Studies

 

Personal Statement

I am presently practicing as a physician assistant at BHC, where we specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and research of ME/CFS, FM and related comorbidities.

I grew up in the South (in Florida and Tennessee), and moved out West years ago. I have worked in medical settings (mostly hospitals) beginning at age 18. After getting a BS majoring in art, political science, and biology, I became a nationally and internationally board-certified cytotechnologist, a type of medical technologist specializing in microscopic cell pathology, and taught cytotechnology students and pathology residents in two programs, one in Colorado, and at the University of Utah.

After deciding to change careers so that I could be more directly involved as a clinician,  I went back to school to get my MS degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Utah. I have always been fascinated by illnesses that are difficult to define and diagnose and feel very honored and privileged to have been involved in the care of our wonderful and brave patients at BHC for the past 15 years.

I am married and have four unique and amazing kids, four grandkids, and am a dog mom to a retired sheep dog.  I have a consuming interest in textile arts and reading (especially science fiction), gardening, and travelling.
 

Positions and Honors

2019-PR Research Manager & Physician Assistant, BHC, Salt Lake City, UT
2005-PR Physician Assistant, BHC, Salt Lake City, UT
1995-2004 Cytotechnologist and Cytotechnology Instructor, Associated Regional University Pathologists, Inc., CO;  University of Utah Cytotechnology Program, UT
1991-1995 Supervisor and Senior Technologist, University of Utah Health Sciences Center
1990-1991  Staff Cytotechnologist, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View, CO
1988-1990 Senior Cytotechnologist, CytoSciences, Inc., Cupertino, CA
1984-1987 Chief Cytotechnologist & Histotechnician, Comm. Hospital, Grand Junction, CO
1982-1984 Paraprofessional Therapy Assistant, Grand Junction Regional Center, CO
1977-1980 Assistant Education Coordinator & Staff Cytotechnologist, Cytotechnology Program & Clinical Pathology Laboratory, St. Mary’s Hospital & Medical Center, CO
 1972-1976 Nurse Aide, Community Hospital in Grand Junction, CO; St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction CO; Gunnison County Hospital in Gunnison, CO

 

Research Experience

2005-PR                Sub-investigator for:

          • Forest Research Institute, Phase III chronic constipation trial
          • Forest Research Institute, Phase III IBS trial
          • Forest Research Institute, Phase III metabolic syndrome and hypertension trial
          • Forest Research Institute, Phase III fibromyalgia trial
          • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Phase III fibromyalgia trial
          • Forest/Cypress, Phase III fibromyalgia trial
          • Forest/Cypress, Phase III fibromyalgia trial
          • Forest Research Institute, Phase III fibromyalgia trial
          • Jazz, Phase III fibromyalgia trial
          • Jazz, Phase III fibromyalgia trial
          • Eli Lilly Inc. Observational fibromyalgia trial
          • NIH Funded Observational fibromyalgia study
          • Hemispherix Biopharma Cost-Recovery Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Trial
          • Forest Research Institute, Phase IIIb fibromyalgia trial
          • Merck, Phase III Migraine trial
          • Eli Lilly Inc. adolescent fibromyalgia trial
          • Pfizer, Phase II adolescent fibromyalgia trial
          • Forest, Phase II adolescent fibromyalgia trial
          • Pfizer Phase III fibromyalgia trial
          • NIH XMRV trial for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
          • CDC Multi-site Clinical Assessment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
          • Pfizer, Phase IIIb fibromyalgia trial
          • Pfizer Phase III fibromyalgia trial
          • Pfizer Phase III fibromyalgia trial
          • Pfizer Phase III fibromyalgia trial
          • NIH funded Chronic Fatigue Trial
          • Hemispherix Biopharma Open Label Chronic Fatigue Syndrome trial
          • CDC, Multi-site Clinical Assessment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
          • CFI, A Clinical and Biosample Database to Enable Discovery of Pathogens and Pathogenic Mechanisms in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
          • CFI, Epi Pre-Study Trajectory of Illness in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
          • Innovative concepts, PRID-201, Phase 2a POC fibromyalgia trial
          • KPAX pharmaceuticals, Synergy Trial, Phase II CFS trial
          • Pfizer year 2, Epidemiological study of fibromyalgia
          • Daiichi 311
          • Daiichi 312
          • Tonix 202, 203, 301, 303
          • Biomarker
          • NOH, Protocol NOH 402/16306A, Restore NOH
          • IRB # 17-JGM-13, JAX NIH Longitudinal Study
          • ME-101p, IN Time Cortene
          • TV48125-PN-20028, TEVA Trial
          • Columbia Study- Center for Solutions for ME/CFS
           

          Additional Experience

          2015-PR Lecturer, Snowbird CME Conference, “Fibromyalgia a good fit for primary care, Fibromyalgia Update” Snowbird CME Conferences, Snowbird, UT
          2007-PR Lecturer, Nurse Practitioner Program, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
          2008 Lecturer, Organization for Fatigue & Fibromyalgia Education and Research, Salt Lake City, UT
          1994 Ad Hoc Chairman for Recruitment, Training and Education of Laboratory Personnel Utah Breast and Cervical Cancer Quality Assurance Committee
          1993 Consultant as expert witness in cytology-related malpractice case, Wisconsin
          1989 Co-Author and presenter, “A Reliable Measure of Pulmonary Response to Inhaled Irritants”, American Industrial Hygiene Conference, St Louis, MO
          1989 Co-Author and presenter, “Sputum Cytologic Findings in Marijuana Smokers” American Society of Clinical Pathologists Spring Meeting, Chicago, IL

           

           Professional Organizations

          2005-PR  American Academy of Physician Assistants
          2005-PR Utah Academy of Physician Assistants
          2008 CDC/CFIDS Organization, Medical Resource Professional for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, American Academy of Physician Assistants, San Antonio, TX
          2004 Panel Member, “Caregiving for the Elderly” seminar, Summer Institute in Human Services, University of Utah College of Social Work, Salt Lake City, UT
          1976-2005 Member (twice President) of Mountain States Association of Cytology (a 6-state regional continuing professional education consortium)

            

          Certifications and Licensure

              • Utah State Physician Assistant license
              • DEA Controlled Substances registration
              • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
              • American Society of Clinical Pathologists Cytotechnology Certification, CT (ASCP)
              • International Academy of Cytology, Certified Cytotechnologist, CT (IAC)