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.


Howard Straker, Ed.D., MPH, PA-C

Howard Straker, EdD, MPH, PA-C, has dedicated his career to a life of service to his patients, his community, and his students. As a certified PA, Dr. Straker has practiced in a multitude of settings including correctional, family medicine, emergency, and adolescent medicine in New York, Alaska, North Car

Hunt, William

Ask William “Bill” Hunt, Jr., PA-C Emeritus, to name a person with whom he would like to have dinner and he would say Neil Armstrong.  In his words: “A great example of someone energized by being on the cutting edge, not intimidated by challenge and willing to challenge boundaries seeking new frontiers”.  If you study the career of Hunt, you would believe that th...

Sharon Luke, Ed.D., PA-C

Sharon Luke, EdD, PA-C, has served the PA community as Executive Director of the Accreditation Review Commission on the Education of the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) since 2016. Before accepting the position at


Jarrett "Jerry" Michael Wise, PA

Jerry Wise is a pioneering PA who has had a distinguished career in academia, professional leadership and clinical management.  As a 1971 graduate of the Duke PA Program, Mr. Wise was among one of the first PAs to be recruited by another University to help establish a physician assista