Michael Toppe, DMSc, MS, PA-C

Michael Toppe
Michael Toppe, DMSc, MS, PA-CMarquette University

Physician Assistant Studies, Room 423

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America

Clinical Associate Professor

Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Michael Toppe graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997 with a BA in History and Zoology.  From 2000-2002, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa.  He received his MS in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of New England in 2005, and a Doctorate in Medical Science from the University of Lynchburg in 2021.

Prior to joining the Marquette PA program, Professor Toppe worked in primary care at a federally designated rural health clinic in Newport, North Carolina from 2005-2010.  He served as a Medical Officer in Gambia, West Africa and then Pretoria, South Africa from 2010-2014.  From 2014-2023, he was faculty at the Concordia University-Wisconsin PA program, and also worked in the student health center and travel clinic there.

His interests include primary care, tropical medicine, and public health both in the United States and in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).  He has served as a consultant on faith-based health programs in Nigeria, Malawi, and Ethiopia.  Since 2016, he has coordinated clinical rotations to South Africa for PA students. 


DMSc, Doctor of Medical Science, Global Health emphasis.  University of Lynchburg, VA, 2021
Certificate in Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007
M.P.A.S., University of New England, Biddeford, ME, 2005
B.A. - History, Zoology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, 1997

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Board Member, Christian Outreach of Africa


  • Licensed Physician Assistant, State of Wisconsin
  • Nationally Certified Physician Assistant