Thomas Meehan, Ph.D., PA-C

“My teaching philosophy is centered on preparing physician assistant students for clinical practice as empathetic, patient-centered providers. Although my teaching responsibilities range from the basic sciences to clinical medicine, my goal is to include real world clinical examples during each lecture.”


Founding program director; assistant professor of physician assistant studies

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Georgia – Athens, GA
  • MSPAS, Baylor College of Medicine –Houston, TX
  • B.S., University of Georgia – Athens, GA

Year Joined Franklin



With a basic science background in biochemistry and genetics, I understand the importance of a good science foundation in the understanding of the pathophysiology of disease; PA practice in orthopedics and emergency medicine

What is Accreditation-Provisional and how does this affect students in the program?

Accreditation-Provisional is the only status that a new PA program may obtain and it allows graduates from the program the ability to take the board exam, become licensed, and practice as a PA.

Selected Professional Accomplishments

Certifications and licensure

  • NCCPA Certified
  • Indiana PA license

Professional Organizations

  • Physician Assistant Education Association
  • American Academy of PAs (AAPA)
  • Indiana Academy of PAs (IAPA)
  • Rhode Island Academy of PAs (RIAPA)
    • Director at Large, 2016-2017

Selected Publications

  • Thomas P. Meehan and Prema Narayan. 2007 Constitutively active luteinizing hormone receptors: consequences of in vivo expression. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 260-262, 294-300.
  • Thomas P. Meehan, Koichi Tabeta, Xin Du, Lanette S. Woodward, Karen Firozi, Bruce Beutler, and Monica J. Justice. 2006 Point mutations in the melanocortin-4 receptor cause variable obesity in mice. Mammalian Genome 17, 1162-1171.
  • Thomas P. Meehan, Barry G. Harmon, Megan E. Overcast, Kristine K. Yu, Sally A. Camper, David Puett, and Prema Narayan. 2005 Gonadal defects and hormonal alterations in transgenic mice expressing a single chain human chorionic gonadotropin-lutropin receptor complex. Journal of Molecular Endocrinology 34, 489-503.

In My Spare Time…

In my spare time, I am active with my kids in sports (tennis, baseball) and I am an avid runner, cyclist, and triathlete. Through a whole-food plant-based diet, I strive to improve each day.