Matthew Allman, MPAS, PA-C
Department Chair, and Assistant Professor
Mr. Allman earned his B.A. degree from Texas A&M and his Master of Physician Studies
from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Mr. Allman was
most recently the medical provider at The Juilliard School, where he provided care
to some of the world?s most talented young performers. Prior to that, he worked clinically
with the hospitalist service at East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville and
spent two years with a private pediatric practice in New York City. He also spent
a year at sea as the Shipboard Director aboard ClassAfloat's tall ship S/V Concordia.
Paul "PJ" Koltnow, MS, MSPAS, PA
As one who truly appreciates the importance of being a ?life-long learner? Mr. Koltnow
brings to the program a varied background of health care and academic experience.
After obtaining a Master?s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of
Memphis, he began his health care career mainly treating at?risk youth with substance
abuse issues as well as serving the needs of adult psychiatric patients.
Having a strong interest and desire to pursue further medical training Mr. Koltnow
graduated from Bethel College with his MSPAS. He spent 7 years in a private pediatric
practice as well as practicing Internal Medicine for two years.
In addition, Mr. Koltnow has a B. A. in Journalism from Memphis State University and
a B. S. in Psychology from the University of Memphis. He has proudly served on the
board of the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants. He has also taught as adjunct
faculty at the University of Memphis and occasionally will use his Journalism skills
writing freelance articles for various local publications.
Mr. Koltnow?s research interests currently include pediatric obesity and Physician
Assistant educational issues.
Maurice Skillern, MPAS, PA-C
Mr. Maurice Skillern is a military trained Physician Assistant and he is also a retired
United States Army Veteran who served in Iraq. He earned his Licensed Vocational Nursing
(LVN) training from Saint Phillips Community College (San Antonio, Texas), B.S. degree
from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and his Masters in Physician Assistant
Studies (MSPAS) also from University Of Nebraska Medical Center.
He brings a wealth of PA experience with clinical experience in both family practice
and orthopedics; LVN experience in clinical and home health care; and clinical management
experience from leadership positions held while serving in the military and while
working within the Veterans Administration Hospital System. He obtained the “H” skill
identifier for military training and served in various training positions to include
a position of officer-in-charge of the combat medical training program while serving
in Iraq. He also served as the subject matter expert for training and deployment of
the electronic “Post Deployment Health Assessment System” while serving in Iraq. While
he is now officially retired from the military he is still called upon by his colleges
and subordinates still serving for medical and training advice.
Mr. Skillern has demonstrated a focused commitment to leadership, leadership development,
teaching, public service and the continued advancement of quality medical healthcare.
David Nutting, PhD
My long-term goal is to contribute to our understanding of endocrine and nutrient
regulation of metabolism, particularly with respect to uptake of nutrients by the
GI tract and their subsequent metabolism, including induction of other physiologic
or pathologic effects. I am presently trying to identify the putative "chylomicron
remnant receptor" in the proximal intestine, then study its regulation and role in
triglyceride, cholesterol, and phospholipid metabolism by the small intestine. I have
also been collaborating on studies of the long-acting somatostatin analog, octreotide,
on calcium and nitrogen metabolism in humans. Unexpectedly, we found that octreotide
enhanced calcium retention, first in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, then in
normal and cirrhotic adults. And in a patient with Paget's disease, acute treatment
with octreotide simultaneously enhanced bone formation and inhibited bone breakdown.
Finally, I have also done collaborative studies in cattle, examining the interaction
between genotype (Brahman vs. Angus) and the environment (two different forages, bermuda
vs. fescue). We found marked effects of genotype on serum cholesterol and that the
effect of forage on cholesterol levels depends on the genotype of the calf. We also
found that serum cholesterol in heifer calves at weaning predicts future milk production
during first lactation 2 1/2 years later. This finding appears to have potential practical
use for selecting which young heifers to keep to be future brood-cows, since the amount
of milk a beef cow can produce heavily influences the growth rate of her calves. Techniques
we employ include standard lipid and lipoprotein separation and analyses, mesenteric
lymph duct cannulation (to collect and analyze intestinal lymph), Western ligand blotting,
and rocket immunoassay for apolipoproteins.