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.


Josef Burwell, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Josef Burwell, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA, is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. When he was a child, he often rode his bicycle on the Bowman Gray School of Medicine campus during the years that their first PA class was matriculating. From that perspective, it was not impossible to foresee that he would eve

Thomas, Greg, P.

Greg P. Thomas, MPH, PA-C Emeritus (1953 - ), a physician assistant for nearly 40 years, has been a leader in the field of CME and education. Throughout his career he has worked with numerous organizations to promote the PA profession. Mr. Thomas received his bachelor's degree in natural sciences in 1975 from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, an additional bachelor's...

Eric Schuman, PA

Throughout his undergraduate career, Mr. Schuman’s intention was to become a Unitarian Universalist minister, but the tumultuous 1960s led him to work as a community organizer in Mississippi and Illinois.  Hi


Patrick Edward Killeen, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA

Patrick Killeen, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA has been a physician assistant for 30 years and has been a leader in the PA profession since his student days. In 1985, he became active in the Student Academy of the AAPA and became its president in 1986. Twenty-four years later in 2010, he served as t


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