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.


Mary Jo Bondy, D.H.Ed., MHS, PA-C

Dr. Mary Jo “MJ” Bondy is a distinguished clinician, educational leader, and innovator. In February 2020 she became the first PA to serve as the CEO of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), where she leads a staff of 40 in serving the more than 250 member programs of PAEA and meeting t

Hunter-Buskey, Robin

Robin Hunter-Buskey is a native New Yorker and is a graduate of the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook where she completed both the physical therapy and later the physician assistant educational programs. During her distinguished clinical career, she has worked in a variety of settings including home health care, emergency medicine, obstetrics and gyneco...

L. Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA

L. Gail Curtis, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She serves as Vic


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