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Christopher Paul Forest, MSHS, DFAAPA, PA-C
Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine
Family Medicine
HSA Unit 7 A11 160 1000 S. Fremont Avenue Off Campus Alhambra
+1 626 457 4251


Christopher Forest, MSHS, DFAAPA, PA-C, is a graduate of the USC PA Program, Class of 1983. He began teaching at the program as adjunct faculty in 1990 and was brought on as full-time faculty member in 2007 with an appointment as Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine.

He has 10 years’ experience in Family Medicine/Urgent care, working in low-income, underserved areas. He also has 10 years’ experience in pharmaceutical research in Urology, conducting over 100 randomized controlled clinical trials. Professor Forest is often invited to give presentations at local and national medical conferences.

He is course director and teaches the Behavioral Sciences I and II courses as well as the final Capstone research project. The students call him “coach” for his work in preparing them for yearly state and national medical knowledge Challenge Bowl competitions. He reinstituted service learning as part of the curriculum, which reflects his dedication to preparing our students to work with the underserved.

He mentors students for journal publication, works with the interprofessional Student-Run Clinic downtown near Skid Row, and serves the University as Chair of the USC Interprofessional Education Collaborative. He is currently collaborating with other faculty to develop assessment tools for interprofessional education.


Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants

Physician Assistant Education Association: Pi Alpha National Honor Society, 2015


Hiller C, Wegler JL, Forest CP. Osteosarcoma: Accurately diagnosing this bone-chilling disease. JAAPA. 2016 Nov 14. View in: PubMed

Morgan CA, Byul Sarah S, Forest CP. Transfusion-free treatment strategies for acute anemia in critical care. JAAPA. 2016 Aug; 29(8):38-44. View in: PubMed

Boucher CM, Walsh A, Forest CP. Healing livers, saving lives: Hepatitis C screening in an era of cure. JAAPA. 2016 May; 29(5):20-8. View in: PubMed

Lie DA, Forest CP, Kysh L, Sinclair L. Interprofessional education and practice guide No. 5: Interprofessional teaching for prequalification students in clinical settings. J Interprof Care. 2016 May; 30(3):324-30. View in: PubMed

Farzan DN, Forest CP. What is causing this patient's refractory headaches and dyspnea? JAAPA. 2016 Jan; 29(1):54-6. View in: PubMed

Lie DA, Forest CP, Walsh A, Banzali Y, Lohenry K. What and how do students learn in an interprofessional student-run clinic? An educational framework for team-based care. Med Educ Online. 2016; 21:31900. View in: PubMed

Holden A, Azimi N, Forest CP. New oral anticoagulants for patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation. JAAPA. 2015 Nov; 28(11):28-34. View in: PubMed

Ferrari KN, Forest CP. A painful, hard mass on the ankle. JAAPA. 2015 Nov; 28(11):61-2. View in: PubMed

Beedle LM, Maldonado MG, Forest CP. Fighting childhood obesity one game at a time. JAAPA. 2015 Aug; 28(8):45-8. View in: PubMed

Lie D, May W, Richter-Lagha R, Forest C, Banzali Y, Lohenry K. Adapting the McMaster-Ottawa scale and developing behavioral anchors for assessing performance in an interprofessional Team Observed Structured Clinical Encounter. Med Educ Online. 2015; 20:26691. View in: PubMed

Goble C, Wegler J, Forest CP. The potential hazards of barefoot running: proceed with caution. JAAPA. 2013 Mar; 26(3):49-53. View in: PubMed

Kaska B, Forest CP. Case of the month. Marjolin ulcer. JAAPA. 2012 Apr; 25(4):69. View in: PubMed

Forest CP. The effect of audience response systems on adult learning: evidence-based rationale and audience response systems implementation guide. J Physician Assist Educ. 2012; 23(4):54-9. View in: PubMed

Forest CP, Goodman D, Hahn RG. Meningomyelocele: early detection using 3-dimensional ultrasound imaging in the family medicine center. J Am Board Fam Med. 2010 Mar-Apr; 23(2):270-2. View in: PubMed

Forest CP, Padma-Nathan H, Liker HR. Efficacy and safety of pomegranate juice on improvement of erectile dysfunction in male patients with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction: a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study. Int J Impot Res. 2007 Nov-Dec; 19(6):564-7. View in: PubMed

Padma-Nathan H, McCullough A, Forest C. Erectile dysfunction secondary to nerve-sparing radical retropubic prostatectomy: comparative phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor efficacy for therapy and novel prevention strategies. Curr Urol Rep. 2004 Dec; 5(6):467-71. View in: PubMed

Albaugh J, Amargo I, Capelson R, Flaherty E, Forest C, Goldstein I, Jensen PK, Jones K, Kloner R, Lewis J, Mullin S, Payton T, Rines B, Rosen R, Sadovsky R, Snow K, Vetrosky D. Health care clinicians in sexual health medicine: focus on erectile dysfunction. Urol Nurs. 2002 Aug; 22(4):217-31; quiz 232. View in: PubMed

Forest CP. Clinician Reviews. Optimizing Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction Using Current Guidelines and Therapies. 2001; S1:25-30. View in: PubMed

Padma-Nathan H, Forest CP. . The Physician Assistant Journal. Diagnosis and Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction: The Process of Care Model. 2000; S1:5-11. View in: PubMed

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