Who Are We?

The Society for the Preservation Of Physician Assistant History

The Physician Assistant History Society, Inc., is dedicated to the history and legacy of the physician assistant profession through the identification and collection of appropriate papers, manuscripts, magazine and newspaper clippings, newsletters, reports, dissertations, oral histories, and visual artifacts, such as films, slides, videos, photographs, and digital images.

As the physician assistant profession surpassed its 35th year of existence, the importance of documenting and preserving its history and achievements became evident. In June 2001, an office for the study, preservation and presentation of PA History (PAHx) was established within the Department of Community and Family Medicine at the Duke University Medical Center (DUMC). Working with a Board of Advisors, Dr. Reginald Carter, PA-C, the office’s Director, began developing appropriate strategies and procedures to collect and present, via the internet, materials related to the profession.

The office began as a collaborative effort between the DUMC Library and Archives, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (APAP), and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).  Other PA organizations soon joined the effort as sponsors of ongoing projects.  In October 2001, the office’s Board of Advisors discussed creating a Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History (SPPAHx) to eventually supersede the PA History Office as the preeminent leader in fostering the preservation, study and presentation of PA history.  The Society was incorporated in January 2002 and became fully operational in July 2002 under the leadership of Dr. J. Jeffery Heinrich, the Society’s first elected president.

In January 2004, Duke University, approved the Society’s request to have the DUMC Archives process, maintain and provide archival support for the special collection being assembled by the PA History Society.   Thanks to the generosity of professional leaders, policy-makers, writers, publishers and Society members, the collection has expanded in recent years.

On May 17, 2011, the Society became a supporting organization of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).  The PA History Society is governed by the Board of Trustees.

Get to know several of the PAHx Trustees, Historians, and staff, by clicking on their names below (highlighted in gold) to view a short video.  The videos were recorded on April 24, 2016.

PA History Society Board of Trustees:

President
Karen Mulitalo, MPAS, PA-C, Utah

President-Elect
Maryann F. Ramos, MPH, PA, Connecticut

Secretary/Treasurer
Deborah Gerbert, MS, PA-C, Florida

Trustees:

Courtney Amburgey, Student PA, Virginia

John J. Davis, PA-C, Tennessee

Marilyn H Fitzgerald, Honorary PA, Virginia

Henry H. Heard, MPAS, MA, PA-C, Georgia

Leslie A. Kole, PA-C, Maryland

Maha B. Lund, DHSc, PA-C, DFAAPA, Georgia

Stephen D. Wilson, PA-C, Maryland

Robert Wooten, PA-C, North Carolina

Ex-Officio Trustee:

Executive Director & NCCPA CEO
Dawn Morton-Rias, EdD, PA-C, New York

Historian

Ruth Ballweg, MPA, PA-C Emeritus, Washington

Historian Emeritus

Reginald Carter, PhD, PA, North Carolina

Staff

Lori Konopka-Sauer, BS – Managing Director
Michelle Schabowski, MSIS – Archivist
Connie Mara – Administrative Assistant

PAHx President, Karen Mulitalo and PAHx Ex-Officio, Dawn Morton-Rias, welcome new Trustees. (left-right) Karen Mulitalo, Maha Lund, Courtney Amburgey, Leslie Kole, and Dawn Morton-Rias