Assistant Professor CE, School of Nursing

Dr. Antonio Dávila Jr, Ph.D. is the Laboratory Director of the Penn Acute Research Collaboration (PARC) at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Dávila collaborates with Penn physicians and scientists to design and conduct clinical research and clinical trials on emergent and trauma patients. He works closely with the Trauma team, Surgical ICU team, and Emergency Medicine at Penn Presbyterian to enroll patients into the center’s myriad studies across clinical departments. PARC is a 24/7 collaborative acute care clinical research center with dedicated and specialized lab capacities that is unlike any other in the country.

“I encourage civic and research engagement from day one of my fall semester course. To reinforce concepts from the class, I regularly use examples from real-world clinical and research situations using videos and guest lectures presented by working nurses and all levels of nurse scientists. Based on student feedback, I am confident that this approach is successful at both engaging the students and exemplifying the aspects of teaching and learning that I believe are key for a career in any science. These are collaboration, creative and critical thinking, and the empowerment of students to be in charge of their own learning.”


  • Ph.D., University of California, 2012
  • M.S., University of California, 2004
  • B.S., University of California, 2000
  • B.A., University of California, 2000