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.


Paul Lombardo, MPS-HSA, PA-C

Paul Lombardo is a graduate of the inaugural Stony Brook University (SBU) Physician Assistant Class of 1973, where he was the School of Allied Health Professions (now School of Health Technology and Management) Honor Student (valedictorian). Lombardo completed his undergraduate course work in psychology a

Killeen, Patrick, E.

Patrick Killeen, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA has been a physician assistant for 30 years and has been a leader in the PA profession since his student days. In 1985, he became active in the Student Academy of the AAPA and became its president in 1986. Twenty-four years later in 2010, he served as the President of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Mr. Killeen served as t...

John Joseph Graykoski, PA-C

John Joseph Graykoski was born on September 9, 1949 in Ironwood, MI. to Felix and Helen (Sobolewski) Graykoski. He graduated in 1967 from St. Ambrose High School in Ironwood and attended Divine Word College in E


Eric Schuman, PA

Throughout his undergraduate career, Mr. Schuman’s intention was to become a Unitarian Universalist minister, but the tumultuous 1960s led him to work as a community organizer in Mississippi and Illinois.  His first assignment included work at a free clinic in Freeport, Illinois, whe


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