Jennifer Orozco, MMS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Assistant Professor
Department of Physician Assistant Studies, College of Health Sciences
Role: Administrator and Director

Joined Rush in 2006


I am the Director of Advanced Practice Providers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. In this role, I partner with other executive leaders to provide oversight, utilization, and continued development of the Advanced Practice Provider (APP) role across the health system. Prior to this role, I was the founding Director of Clinical Education for the Rush Department of PA Studies and have been a practicing PA in vascular surgery for more than 16 years. Outside of Rush, I am the current Director at Large for the American Academy of PAs, the former President and current legislative chairman for the Illinois Academy of Pas. I am also a member of Sullivan Cotter’s National APP Advisory Council. My interests and expertise include APP leadership and utilization, advocacy and legislation, workforce and service line development and provider burnout.

What inspired you to get into your field?

My inspiration stems from a strong desire for better access to high quality, team-based patient care.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

Rush offered me the opportunity to grow from an early career clinical PA to a healthcare leader in education, advocacy and administration.

What is your opinion of mentoring and sponsorship? Please comment about your experiences.

Mentorship and sponsorship are two different entities that are both important throughout your career. You need a mentor to help you navigate the clinical and professional waters, but a sponsor can help take you to the next level to leveraging their own partnerships and experiences.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

My advice would be to be open and honest about what you want and where you want to go.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

Most of my free time is spent with my wonderful children, supportive friends and family. We are a sports family so we are often running around enjoying the outdoors.