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.


Denni J. Woodmansee, MPAS, PA-C

Denni J. Woodmansee, MPAS, PA-C, was drawn to medicine from an early age.  Active in the Boy Scouts in his youth, he enjoyed earning merit badges in first aide and lifesaving on his journey toward becoming an Eagle Scout. Born and raised in Northern California, Woodmansee would often see U.S. Air Force p

Fenn, William H.

William H. Fenn, Ph.D., PA, DFAAPA, fell in love with medicine when his hair was long, the peace sign was everywhere, and it was advised never to trust anyone over 30!! He started his medical career as an EMT in New York State, where he was theoretically going to college in the Albany area. He met a physician assistant at one of the hospitals there. The concept of the PA i...

LTC Avery J. Carney, SP, PA-C, MPAS

LTC Avery J. Carney currently serves as the Commander of United States Army Health Clinic (USAHC) in Grafenwoehr, Germany. He entered military service in 1996 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  After completin


Michael Champion, DHSc, MMSc, MEd, MBA, PA-C

Michael Champion, DHSc, MMSc, MEd, MBA, PA-C, started his career in medicine as an Army Medic back in the 1970s. He wanted to deepen his knowledge of medicine and, after working with several outstanding PAs, he decided to attend the Cuyahoga Community College PA program, graduating in 1


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