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.


Michelle DiBaise, D.H.Sc., DFAAPA, PA-C

Michelle DiBaise, DHSc, DFAAPA, PA-C, has long been an advocate for the PA profession. She has served as a delegate to the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) House of Delegates for three different constituent organizations, been president of four PA organizations, served on numerous boards and been a member a

Varano, Joseph

For most of us, being president of a PA state chapter is a position that we aspire to once but are daunted by the thought of serving twice.  Accepting the presidency of two different PA state chapters and serving a total of 4 terms as a state chapter president is a feat worth recognition.  Joseph Varano, PA-C, served 1977-1979 as the first president of the Pennsylvania S...

Michael Rackover, MS, PA-C Emeritus

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Michael Rackover’s family moved to the Oxford Circle neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia, PA.  He attended Carnell Elementary School, Fels Junior High School and was in the


Julie Theriault, PA-C, DFAAPA

Julie Theriault, PA-C, DFAAPA, worked clinically in family medicine for over three decades. She served on numerous boards, including the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) and the California Academy of PAs (CAPA). She has been president of both of these organizations. While president of the