Maria Govind, PA-C, MSPAS

Maria Govind

Board Certified Physician Assistant

Maria was born in India and raised in Rockville, MD for 17 years. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA to earn her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. During her college years, she spent time doing research on the onset and origin of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) related to mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation, where she was later published in NeuroMolecular Medicine. After college, she spent time working as a medical assistant at an optometrist office in Maryland. She spontaneously decided to move to New Orleans, LA to teach sixth grade Science and eighth grade Math in an underserved community. She is extremely passionate about education but missed medicine which led her to apply to the Physician Assistant program at Thomas Jefferson University. She was part of the third graduating class and obtained her Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, weight lifting, dance, and trying new exotic food. She is excited to join the Spine and Orthopedic center and is enthusiastic about exceptional patient care and patient education.


2018 Thomas Jefferson University Philadelphia, PA
2010-2013 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA

Board Certification and Licensure

  • Physician Assistant National Certification #56157: Expires 12/31/19
  • BLS Certification through American Heart Association: Expires 11/2019
  • ACLS Certification through American Heart Association: Expires 8/2019
  • Protecting Human Research Participants Certification: Expired 3/2018

Professional Training

Clinical Rotation Experience Thomas Jefferson University, Methodist Hospital, Aria Health & Nemours Hospital
Obstetrics & Gynecology | Emergency Medicine | Internal Medicine | Trauma Surgery | Inpatient Cardiology | Behavioral Health | Family Medicine | Pediatrics
Philadelphia, PA

Additional Professional Experience

2018-Present The Spine and Orthopedic Center
Physician Assistant
Santa Barbara,CA
2014-2015 Bethesda Vision Care
Medical Technician
Bethesda, MD
2012-2013 Virginia Commonwealth University
Neurology Department Research Intern
Richmond, VA
2012-2013 Virginia Commonwealth University
Cell Biology Teacher Assistant/Preceptor
Richmond, VA

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Pennsylvania Society of Physicians Assistants