Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education

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Michele Lynn (Canamucio) Mercer, MS, MD, HMDC
Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education
Physician Assistant Studies
Gardner-Webb University


  • Resident in Family Medicine, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine
  • Master of Science in Secondary Science Education, Biology Option, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Minor in Chemistry, Stetson University

Clinical Background

  • Outpatient Family Physician & Medical Director of the Physician Practices Mid-Level Provider Program, Rutherford Regional Health System
  • NC Division Medical Director, Hospice/Palliative Care Physician, & Collaborative Physician for multiple Hospice FNPs, Hospice of Rutherford County (now Hospice of the Carolina Foothills)

Certifications & Licensures

  • Physician, North Carolina, Active Medical License
  • Physician, South Carolina, Active Medical License
  • Board Certified in Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine
  • Hospice Medical Director Certification


  • Physician Assistant Educators Association (PAEA), member
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), member
  • North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians (NCAFP), member
  • North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS), member
  • Rutherford County Medical Society (RCMS), member
  • American Medical Association (AMA), member
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), member
  • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, member
  • The Carolinas Center, member


  • I love spending time with my husband and my two daughters. I also enjoy scrapbooking, photography, baking, decorating, and exploring Western North Carolina.

Honors, Awards & Publications

  • Kennel, Epler, Lankford, Foote, Dickas, Canamucio, Cavalierie, Cosimelli, Venturo, Falcioni, and Sacchi, Second generation monoclonal antibodies to the human integrin alpha 6 beta 4. Hybridoma, 9(3), 1990.