Remembering an Extraordinary Advocate of the PA Profession

The PA History Society was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our former board president Thomas E. Piemme, MD, who died on April 17, 2021.

After learning about the PA concept in 1970, Dr. Piemme became a lifelong advocate for the profession. He developed the George Washington University PA program and helped in the establishment of the National Commission on Certification of PAs (NCCPA). Dr. Piemme served as the NCCPA’s first board president (1974-1976), the second board chair of the APAP (now the PAEA) in 1973, and our board president in 2012.

You may read more about Dr. Piemme’s accomplishments and contributions to the profession on his biography.

You may watch our oral history video with Dr. Piemme from 2002 as he explains his early involvement in the PA profession by clicking here.

You may also watch the joint interview with Dr. Piemme and Dr. Alfred Sadler as they speak of their 45 years of friendship and advocacy for the PA profession by clicking here.

Tom was a man of many talents, including as an actor in community theatre. Tom and his late wife Judy were very involved with Stage Left Productions in Surprise, Arizona. If you would like to make a donation to the Stage Left Productions in Tom’s memory/honor please visit their website here:


Top right – Thomas Piemme speaking at the AAPA Conference in St. Louis, MO in 1975.

Bottom left – Don Fisher, Executive Director AAPA/APAP; Tom Piemme, MD, George Washington University; and William Roy, MD; Dr. Hu Myers (background right) founder of the Alderson-Broaddus PA Program, WV. St. Louis Conference, 1975.

Bottom right – Thomas Piemme cuts ribbon to PA History Society offices in 2012. Ruth Ballweg and Reginald Carter to left.

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