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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FEATURED ORAL HISTORIES

Tonia Poteat

Dr. Poteat shares how she became interested in working with HIV patients [Audio Interview]

Jude Paton

Mr. Patton how he has advocated for the transgender community, his work on the Transgender Standards of Care, and what has been the most meaningful part of his career as a PA. [Audio Interview]

Patrick Killeen

Mr. Killeen talks about his time as presidents of SAAAPA and AAPA, the history of and his involvement with the LGBT Caucus, and the Peter Nyquist Student Writing Award. [Audio Interview]

Mark Behar

Mr. Behar talks about the history of the AAPA LGBT Caucus and his work with HIV/AIDS patients.

RECENTLY ADDED HISTORIES

Geert van den Brink >

Geert van den Brink is a critical care nurse in the Netherlands who was selected to develop the first PA generalists and Masters degree programs in the country. Due to Geert's early work with the Ministry of Health, physicians and hospital administrators, he later became the person representing both PA and NPs to the Ministry of Health.

Quinten van den Driesschen >

Quinten van den Driesschen is one of the first PAs be educated and practice in the Netherlands. He talks about what made him interested in the new profession, his experiences in the first class and how he decided to become a PA educator. He also discussed what he sees for the future of the profession in his country.

Joseph Marzucco >

Joseph Marzucco, PhD, PA-C, was one of the first PAs to practice in the state of Alaska. He was instrumental in the early years of the profession in Alaska and helped usher in PA practicing legislation in that state. He was also the first PA to practice in Urology.

Earl Echard >

Earl Echard, PA-C, talks about what drew him to medicine, being drafted into the Army, being wounded three times in Vietnam, and his work as a PA in the North Carolina State Prison System.

Carl Fasser >

Carl Fasser shares how he joined the military, his experiences as a corpsman serving in France, and how he became a PA.

Steven Turnipseed >

Steven Turnipseed, MPH, PA-C, talks about his military service, his work as a medical aid in the federal prison system, how he joined the first class of MEDEX Northwest and why he's glad to be a PA.

William Deák >

William Deák, MD, worked in Alaska for many years. He also worked with Title X to bring PAs and NPs to the state to help with medical care, most especially for the workers on the Trans Alaska Pipeline.

Hank Lemke >

Hank Lemke, DHSc, PA-C, shares how he joined the Air Force, became a PA, and became a educator in both the military and the civilian sectors. He also relates about his time in England during Desert Storm and how he aided the Interservice PA Program.

John Trimbath >

John Trimbath, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA, DAGWUSMHS, talks about the history of Cuyahoga Community College Surgeon's Assistant/PA Program, how he became a PA, and the fight to get prescription rights for PAs in Ohio.

Carl Toney >

Carl Toney, PA, talks about how he was drafted into the Army, his time in the Vietnam War, how he decided to become a PA, and his work with the AAPA Minority Affairs Committee and then the African Heritage Caucus.

FEATURED VIDEO ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEWS

Paul Lombardo

Mr. Lombardo speaks on being a leader in all of the four main PA organizations, what makes him proud of the profession, and his personal accomplishments.

James McGraw

Mr. McGraw talks about his involvement and accomplishments with the SAAAPA, AAPA, NCCPA and the LGBT Caucus. He also gives advice to PA students.

Julie Theriault

Ms. Theriault shares how she became a PA and president of AAPA and also offers advice to those considering the PA profession as a career.

Ms. Bruessow shares her first experience serving as a PA to help underserved populations.

Diane Bruessow

FEATURED AUDIO INTERVIEWS

Travis Sherer>

Travis Sherer talks about being president of the AAPA LGBT Caucus, being the first PA member of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), working in HIV clinics, and his volunteer work in Africa which led him to become a PA.

Tonia Poteat>

Tonia Poteat has spent the majority of her career helping to fight HIV through information campaigns and setting up HIV clinics, both nationally and abroad. She has become more focused on working to prevent the spread of HIV within the LGBTQ communities, especially the transgender community as they have the most health disparities.

Jude Paton>

Jude Patton has been advocating for transgender rights and education well before he became a PA. Once he became a PA in the early 1980s, he continued to serve underserved communities and to educate the public and medical practitioners on the transgender community's needs

FEATRUED MINI ORAL HISTORIES

Murl Dotson>

Murl Dotson talks on being a PA in Biloxi, Mississippi during Katrina and her aftermath.

Shaun Partlow>

Shaun Partlow's interview on being a part of the California Disaster Medical Assistance Team during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the aid he offered inside the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans and in Baton Rouge.

Greg Thomas>

Greg Thomas, Consultant/Director of External Relations of the NCCPA, shares why he decided to become a PA and his thoughts on the challenges the PA profession will face in the future.

Dick Rensch>

Dick Rensch shares his story on how visiting a psychic helped him to become a PA and offers advice to those considering becoming PAs.

Gerald Kayingo>

Gerald Kayingo shares why he chose to become a PA and the most satisfying part of being a PA for him.

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