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.


Michael Powe, BSBA

As vice president of reimbursement and professional advocacy for the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) with 30 years of staff experience, Michael L. Powe is a highly respected advocate for and champion of the PA profession. He has worked tirelessly on issues such as legislative rights for PA

Gerbert, Deborah Atherton

Ms. Deborah Gerbert left the south where she'd grown up and attended college to enter Physician Assistant education at the University of Oklahoma. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Emory University in Atlanta in 1976. It took two years to accumulate the necessary patient care experience hours required for admission before moving to Oklahoma in 1978. The U...

Matthew McQuillan, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Before his career in medicine, Matthew McQuillan was a flight service manager for Continental Airlines Inc. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts from St. John’s University in 1987. In


Wilson, Stephen D., PA-C

Steve Wilson looks back on his career with two distinct aspects: a clinical one spent entirely in the world of surgery and a professional one volunteering considerable time to State and National professional service organizations. The surgical interaction with patients and physicians me


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