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.


Wayne D. Bottom, MPH, PA-C

Wayne Bottom's career spans 40 years as a PA educator. He spent nine years on the faculty at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) and twenty-seven years from 1983 to 2010 as Director of the PA Program at the University of Florida (UF) where he ultimately became Associate Dean and Director Wayne D

Krugman, Richard D.

As Dick Krugman tells it, Henry Silver, MD, made him an offer he couldn't refuse. It was June, 1972 and Krugman was finishing his first year of required service at the National Institutes of Health. He was trying to land a position back in Denver in the Department of Pediatrics where he had finished his three years of residency training in 1971. Krugman had talked with C. ...

Daniel Lee McNeill, Ph.D., PA-C

Dr. Daniel (Dan) McNeill is a recognized scientist, educator and mentor. As Director of the Physician Associate Program and Professor in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at Oklahoma University


Robert S. Smith, D.H.Sc, PA-C, DFAAPA

Dr. Robert S. Smith was born in Mexico, a son of a hard-working and savvy Mexican immigrant family that changed its name from Ramirez to Smith in order to get better employment in an earlier generation. His contribution to the health of the Latino community in Texas and around the U.S.