History is the essence of innumerable biographies.

~ Thomas Carlyle

The following biographies highlight the men and women who over time have contributed to the establishment, growth and development of the physician assistant profession. These are individuals whose contributions have helped shape the way physician assistants are educated, utilized, organized, evaluated, promoted and integrated into the American Health Care System and throughout the world.

To appear in this biographical section, a nominee must have made a contribution or contributions to the physician assistant profession judged to be significant in a way that is unique, pioneering or exemplary. The nature of those contributions may include, but need not be limited to, the following:

  • Helped develop the educational, accreditation, legal and certification framework that is unique to the PA profession
  • Contributed significant time, labor and leadership to a national organization thus enabling that organization to serve the best interest of PAs, PA educators and students
  • Authored books or articles that added significantly to the body of published works on physician assistants and the delivery of health care by teams
  • Recognized by peers in the health professions as one who has provided exemplary clinical, community and humanitarian service through special recognition awards and published acknowledgments
  • Served on health policy making bodies, work force study groups, international health alliances and health-related agencies to share with others knowledge about the PA profession
  • Made significant contributions to the education and mentoring of PA students and the continuing education and evaluation of graduate physician assistants
  • Pioneered the development of a new field for physician assistants in a health care specialty or practice setting

Please submit the following documentation to the PAHx for consideration: a CV or resume, or a completed Biographical Sketch Form. Please Contact us us should you have an individual who you believe should be recognized by the Society.


Mark P. Christiansen, PhD, PA-C

Mark P. Christiansen, Ph.D., PA-C, grew up in small towns in rural Nebraska. His interest in medicine started early as several of these communities had no available medical care without traveling to a neighboring town. After graduating from high school in 1971, he attended the University of Nebraska for o

Auth, Patrick

Patrick Auth, PhD, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, graduated in 1983 from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After graduation, he enrolled in the PA program at Hahnemann University, graduating in 1986. After PA school, Auth worked at Germantown Orthopedics Associates until 1992. In 1996, he attained his Master of Science in Environmental Health from Temple Univer...

Kevin Lohenry, PhD, PA-C

Kevin Lohenry, PhD, PA-C, was interested in becoming a PA educator since his days as a PA student and became an instructor almost as soon as he graduated from his PA program. He has served on the boards of the P


James Bellinger, PA-C, MMSc

James Bellinger, PA-C, MMSc, in my opinion, is one of the unsung heroes of the PA profession.  He has worked tirelessly to not only provide quality healthcare in the field of women’s health, but also to serve his profession as a board member of the Georgia Academy of PAs and as edito


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