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.


Reginald Carter, PhD, PA

Dr. Reginald D. Carter established the Office of Physician Assistant History at the Duke University Medical Center (DUMC) in 2001. The mission of the Office was to preserve, study and present the legacy and history of the physician assistant profession. As director of the Office, Carter helped the DUMC Li

Cordova, Christopher B.

MAJ Christopher B. Cordova joined the Army out of Mechanicsville, MD in 1996 as a Medical Specialist (MOS 91B). His enlisted career spanned 10 years, and culminated in the rank of Sergeant First Class.  His leadership was recognized by induction into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.   Despite these achievements, as a natural leader he felt an urge to seek greater respons...

LTC Sharon D. Denson, SP, PA-C, MPAS

LTC Sharon D. Denson currently serves as the Medical Command Allied Health Policy Officer and 65D Professional Filler System Manager in G 3/5/7, Clinical Policy Services, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. She enlisted


F. Maxton "Max" Mauney Jr., MD

Dr. F. Maxton “Max” Mauney, Jr. was a highly regarded cardiothoracic surgeon, private practice academician and a leader in the medical profession, both at the local and national levels.  Dr. Mauney received a BS from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina in 1955 and an MD from