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.


Kenneth R. Harbert, PhD, MHA, PA

Dr. Kenneth R. Harbert is a respected clinician, medical educator and administrator who, over a span of 35 years, helped establish eight physician assistant programs in the USA and assisted Drs. Bart van Bergen and Fons Wierink to adapt and develop the physician assistant profession in the Netherlands. Cl

Gross, Pauline

Colonel Pauline Gross joined the Army in the 1970’s, attending Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, SC as a member of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC).  After graduating from 91B Combat Medic training , she went on to train as an Operating Room technician 91D.   COL Gross was selected to attend the Army Physician Assistant Program, Fort Sam Houston, TX in 1982 as one ...

Cynthia Booth Lord, MHS, PA-C

Cynthia Booth Lord, MHS, PA-C, is the Founding Director of the Case Western Reserve University Physician Assistant Program in Cleveland, Ohio.  She has been a PA educator for the past 24 years.  Prior to comin


Prentiss Lee Harrison, PA-C

As the nation's first African American Physician Assistant (PA), Prentiss Harrison helped pioneer the profession. As a student and graduate of the Duke University PA Program, he helped educate African American physicians about the PA concept. He did this by attending and exhibiting at t