Claire DeCristofaro, MD

Claire DeCristofaro, MD

Claire DeCristofaro

College of Health, Human Services, and Science

Dr. Claire DeCristofaro is an Assistant Professor in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science at Ashford University. Her graduate (MD) degree was conferred by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York, and her undergraduate (BA) degree was obtained at Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she majored in Biology/Chemistry and minored in Math/Psychology as a Thomas Hunter Honors Scholar. She has practiced as a family physician in New York City, Charleston, SC, and rural TN and SC (where she maintains an unrestricted medical license). Although she’s been teaching since 1981 (online since 1999), and full-time university faculty since 2004, she continues to periodically deliver clinical services in the free clinic setting. 

Her previous faculty experience has focused on clinical programs such as pre-licensure nursing, graduate physician assistant, and graduate nursing. At her medical practice sites she’s also been a clinical preceptor for medical, pharmacy, family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, and PA students. She has given many conference presentations on the scholarship of online teaching and has authored multiple journal publications with a focus on teaching as well as on clinical topics. Another scholarship interest is continuing education, and she has developed and presented clinical topics both online and in the teleconference and live conference formats. 

“As full-time faculty in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science at Ashford University, I am thrilled to support adult learner opportunities to pursue their goal of obtaining a college education. One benefit of online education is the ability for the adult learner to fit their learning into an adult’s schedule with all their outside obligations. This is congruent with my philosophy of inclusiveness, both in clinical care delivery and education.”