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.


Marshall F. Sinback, Jr., BHS, PA-C

Marshall Sinback is a recognized leader of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA), the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).  His clinical practice spans over 30 years working in cardiothoracic surgery

Kirklin, Margaret Katherine

Dr. Margaret K. Kirklin (January 15, 1916-April 8, 2009) is the first woman physician to help develop and direct a physician assistant program in the United States. She became involved in the program's development when her husband, Dr. John W. Kirklin, a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, conceived the idea to formally educate Surgeon Assistants (SAs) at the University of Al...

Suzanne Reich, PA-C, MPAS

Despite having grown up in Pennsylvania, Suzanne, “Sue” Reich has spent most of her life as a physician assistant in North Carolina.  She began her clinical career working in anesthesia in Brooklyn, NY befo


Katherine Hunter Anderson, MD

In 1968, the newly appointed Director of Allied Health at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, (now Wake Forest University School of Medicine), Dr. Leland Powers proposed to establish a Pediatric Assistant training program at Bowman Gray. The program would require two years of Liberal Ar