Cindy Bennett

Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Gerald L. Francis Center 219
2087 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-6856

Brief Biography

Dr. Bennett joined the faculty of Elon University's Department of Physician Assistant Studies in September 2012, bringing a unique mixture of didactic and clinical experience.  Her didactic experience includes teaching in middle and high school, most recently teaching Biology and AP Biology at The Elon School in Burlington/Elon, NC. Her teaching experience also includes teaching Physician Assistant students and medical students/residents at The University of Florida, and serving as Adjunct Faculty with Duke University School of Medicine.  Dr. Bennett completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Florida in 1997, then worked as a private practice obstetrician-gynecologist from 1997- 2005.  She is the primary instructor for anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology during the non-clinical year of Physician Assistant education at Elon University, and enjoys bringing dynamism and clinical relevance to preclinical education.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill   Bachelor of Arts in Biology, May 1986

University of North Carolina School of Medicine    Doctor of Medicine, May 1993

University of Florida College of Medicine   Residency and Chief Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1993- 1997

Employment History

Science Teacher, 1986-1987, Randolph-Macon Military Academy, Front Royal, VA      

Science Teacher, 1987-1988, Rumson Country Day School, Rumson, NJ           

Cytotechnologist, 1998-1999, Genetics Associates of  North Carolina (now Genecare), Chapel Hill, NC

Resident and Chief Resident, 1993-1997, University of Florida/Shands Teaching Hospital, Gainesville FL

General Practice Obstetrician-Gynecologist, 1997-2003, Courtview OB/GYN,  Gastonia, NC    

  •  Served as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics in 2003 and as member of the Medical Executive Committee in 2002-2003.

General Practice Obstetrician-Gynecologist, 2003- 2005, Durham Women’s Clinic, Durham, NC

  • affiliated with Duke University as an adjunct professor, and supervised/instructed OB/GYN residents from Duke University School of Medicine.

Writer/Editor, 2007- 2009, Challenger Corporation

Math/Science Teacher, 2009- 2012, The Elon School

Courses Taught

DPAS 502, Medical Physiology, January 2013

DPAS 510- 542, Basic Science and Pathophysiology thread of each course

DPAS 510- 542, Anatomy thread of each course

DPAS 516, 522, 524, 536, 550 Course Director of each course



Correlation of pap smear diagnosis to histopathologic findings after LEEP procedure, 1994-1996

Patient Acceptance of Transvaginal Ultrasound, 1996-1997

Current Projects

Incidence of pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in female endurance athletes (proposed)

The Value of Fresh vs. Preserved Tissue in Physician Assistant Education (proposed)

Student and Faculty Perceptions of Medical Student vs. Physician Assistant Education (in progress)

Grants Awarded

 UNC School of Medicine Foreign Fellowship Award, 1990

 National Institutes of Health Research Grant, 1990


Cowan, C.M., “Utilization of Health Services by the Bedouin Population of Rahat.”  Working Papers in International Health, July 1991, pp 13-20.

Bennett, C. C., “The Aminoglycosides.”  Primary Care Update for OB/GYNs, vol. 3, #6, Nov/Dec 1996, pp. 186- 191.

Bennett, C. and Richards, D., “Patient Acceptance of Endovaginal Ultrasound.”  Ultrasound in OB/GYN,  vol. 15, #1,   January 2000, Pages: 52-55.

Bennett, CynthiaMultiple Gestation.  Challenger Corporation CME, 2007

Bennett, Cynthia, Genetics in OBGYN.  Challenger Corporation CME, 2007 

     *also  listed as co-author and editor of numerous publications at Challenger Corporation, 2007-2008.

Professional Activities

Diplomate, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, issued 2000, renewed 2012

Physician Licensure, North Carolina Medical Board

Fellow, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, received 2000, renewal pending November 2012

Service Activities

Faculty Coordinator, The Elon School’s Community Service Program, 2010-2012

Alamance County Service League, 2007-2009

Professional Development

PAEA Annual Education Forum, November 2012


Golden Apple Teaching Award, University of Florida College of Medicine, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997

First place winner for Scientific Writing, Primary Care Update Writing Contest, 1996