Oral Histories

The Oral History Collection contains audiotapes, videos and DVDs with corresponding transcripts produced either by the Society or by others and then gifted to the Society. Holdings from this collection have been digitized and placed in the Society’s digital archival collection using PastPerfect™ software.

While there is no substitute for original correspondence and other primary source materials, interviews help us understand better the context in which decisions were made, offer fresh insights, and suggest directions for further research. The Society continues to identify, collect, catalog and preserve existing audio and video oral histories and is conducting additional interviews with key individuals to fill in gaps of missing information.

To access the entirety of our Oral History Collection, please visit our PastPerfect website here.

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Alexander talks about how she was drawn to HIV/AIDS care in the early 1990s.


Stone shares his experiences in the Army Reserves, as a Medic and how he learned of PAs.


Stone talks on working in anesthesiology and his advice for new PAs.


Gary Tooley shares his experiences as a medic in the Army, as a PA, and as a member of the Army National Guard.


Reflections on Hu Myers: An Oral History >

Pioneering PAs William Stanhope and Glen E. Combs remanence on Dr. Hu Myers and the early days of the Alderson-Broaddus PA program and of the PA profession itself.

Gary Tooley >

Gary Tooley,DHSc, DFAAPA, PA-C, shares his experiences as a medic in the Army, how he became a PA, and his service in the Army National Guard.

Shepard Stone - On Being a PA >

Shepard Stone, MPS, DMSc, PA, FAHA, DFAAPA, AFAsMA, shares his experiences being a PA, working in anesthesiology, and advice for new PAs.

Shepard Stone - Military Expereince >

Shepard Stone, MPS, DMSc, PA, FAHA, DFAAPA, AFAsMA, talks on his experiences in the Army Reserves, as a medic, and how he learned about the PA profession.

Jamilah Ali Alexander >

Jamilah Ali Alexander, PA-C, MPH, shares what drew her to medicine and to the PA profession, how she became interested in HIV/AIDs care, her most memorable patient interaction, and her advice on how PAs can foster tolerance in themselves and in their practice.

Jarett "Jerry" Wise >

Jarrett "Jerry" Wise is a pioneering PA with a distinguished career in academia, professional leadership, and clinical management. He graduated from his PA program in 1971, Duke's third class of PAs.

Beverly Black >

Beverly Black, MHSA, CAE, talks on her career in health care administration, her passion for working with associations and how her experiences help her as the Public Member on the NCCPA Board of Directors.


Howard Straker

Straker shares what drove him to become a PA, his passion for advocacy and his advice for future generations of PAs.

Kara Caruthers

PA Educator and Diversity Advocate

Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson talks about her work on the first Army PA Handbook!

Evans talks on his impact on the MEDEX PA Program

Tim Evans


Reginald Carter>

Reginald Carter, PhD, PA, talks about his career at Duke University's PA program and how he became interested in co-founding the Physician Assistant History Society

Ken Ferrell and Victor Germino>

Kenneth Ferrell and Victor Germino, two of the three original PA graduates, sit down for a round table interview conducted by Reginald Carter.

Lynn May>

Lynn May, former executive vice president of the AAPA (1984-1992) talks about how he became involved with the PA profession and his experiences at AAPA.

Joyce Nichols>

The last recorded interview with Joyce Nichols, the first woman physician assistant. Interview is conducted by John Davis and Earl Echard.

Vicki Chan-Padgett>

Vicki Chan-Padgett was the program director of the Air Force PA Program at the time of IPAP's inception. She was also part of the Interservice Training and Review Organization (ITRO) for the Air Force. She talks about how she became interested in the PA profession, her years as an Air Force PA Program instructor and then director, being involved with ITRO, the issues that had to be dealt with before the IPAP could be launched, and developing the IPAP curriculum.

Ruby Wilson>

Ruby Wilson was consulted by Dr. Eugen Stead when he was creating the curriculum for the first physician assistant program. At the time, she was serving as the Dean of the Duke University School of Nursing from 1971-1984 and later would serve as the Assistant to the Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University Medical Center.


Don and Kathy Pedersen>

Husband and wife PAs Don, PhD, PA, and Kathy, MPAS, PA-C, Pedersen recount what led them to choose the PA profession. They also share their most memorable patients and their international charity experiences. Dr. Don Pedersen is professor emeritus of the University of Utah School of Medicine and former Director and Chief of Utah's PA Studies. Ms. Kathy Pedersen is an associate professor at the University of Utah in the Department of Family & Preventative Medicine and works as a manager for Global Partners.

Lovest Alexander Jr.>

Lovest Alexander, Jr. MHS, PA-C shares his story of how he became a physician assistant, how he became a PA educator, and his work on various diversity and minority boards and committees.

Jorge Muniz>

Jorge Muniz, PA-C, creator and artist of the hit Medcomic, talks about his career as a PA, his webcomic, and his current projects. Visit his website at www.medcomic.com!

Mark Behar>

Mark Behar, PA-C, DFAAPA, talks about his involvement in the early days of AAPA LGBT Caucus, his work with the HIV epidemic, and how he became one of the first to talk about HIV on TV.

Howard Straker>

Howard Straker shares what drove him to become a PA, how he was able to combine his passion for advocacy with his profession as a PA and an educator, and his advice for future generations of PAs.

Judith Willis>

Judith Willis was the first woman president of the AAPA. She shares how she became a PA and the issues she had to face when she became president of AAPA.