ABOUT LORI KIRKPATRICK

"As a long-time physician assistant at Dallas County's Parkland Hospital, Lori understands the structure and fundamentals of a government entity that provides critical services to our community. In her role at Parkland, she chairs several committees aimed at measuring and emphasizing the value and skill sets of the hospital's most important asset – its employees. Her leadership skills are also displayed in her role as one of the specialists responsible for the development and operations of the pediatric special needs clinic serving Dallas County families, many of whom are students in DISD. I have personally witnessed her work and dedication toward positively impacting and in some cases helping save the lives of others. She is a recognized and respected leader, and was named Physician Assistant of the Year in 2013. Lori's professionalism, integrity, and true dedication to improving our community is why I will be voting for her in this election. " — Brian Williams, MD

As a DISD parent and an advocate for children in our community, I am proud to have recently run for the Dallas ISD District 2 Trustee seat.

I have dedicated my professional career to positively impacting the lives of others. I have served as a Physician Assistant at Parkland Health & Hospital System (PHHS) since 2007, where I work on a daily basis with individuals in our community who all too often are underserved.

At Parkland, I helped to lead the development of a pediatric complex care service to maximize the medical care of our special-needs patients and subsequently expanded this service to four clinics over the past year. To build this program, I worked with physicians, hospital administrators, Information Technology staff and other departments, and am adept at innovating, leading and managing tight resources in order to achieve the desired outcome. This work also allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the economic gap that is present across our district and community and to see the challenges DISD students and families face every single day.

My leadership experience also includes serving as:

• Chairperson of the PHHS Physician Assistant Standardization and Review Committee (2015-present, member 2013-2014) 

• Current member of PHHS Privileging Committee (2015-present), voting member to determine hospital-wide privileging for all medical staff

• Past Chair of PHHS Advanced Practice Provider Group (2011, 2013), serves to provide continuing medical education to medical practitioners and develop mutually beneficial practice environment for advanced practice providers

• Past Parent Member of Board of Directors for Dallas Day School (2013-2014)

I also served as a foster parent from 2007-2008 and have shown a commitment towards children in both my professional and personal life.