From AAPA’s Leaders

Hear directly from the president and chair of AAPA’s Board of Directors, the organization’s chief executive officer, and your fellow PAs who volunteer their time and expertise in support of the profession. Be inspired by the ways in which they give back to their communities and their patients and work to raise awareness of PAs, and stay up to date on AAPA’s short- and long-term initiatives and business goals.

From Our President

Folusho E. Ogunfiditimi, DM, MPH, PA-C, DFAAPA

President and Chair, Board of Directors

From Our President

  • May
    2024

    • Just 8 Days Until AAPA 2024!
      In the lead up to AAPA 2024, AAPA President Folusho E. Ogunfiditimi shares details about what PAs and PA students can look forward to during this year’s conference.

  • April
    2024

    • ICYMI: The Latest PA Profession Advancements
      AAPA President Folusho E. Ogunfiditimi gives an update on the profession’s recent accomplishments, from the official activation of the PA Licensure Compact to Oregon becoming the first state to achieve title change, and touches on all the exciting opportunities PAs can look forward to in the coming months.

  • March
    2024

    • The Countdown to AAPA 2024 is On!
      In the lead up to AAPA 2024, President Folusho E. Ogunfiditimi shares details on some of the special events, CME offerings, and other opportunities PAs and PA students can look forward to in Houston.

  • January
    2024

    • 5 Ways to Be an Advocate for the PA Profession
      AAPA President Folusho E. Ogunfiditimi celebrates the PA profession being named one of the top five jobs across the country by U.S. News & World Report – for the seventh year in a row! To start off 2024, he challenges all PAs to advocate for the profession and make their voices heard.

  • December
    2023

    • Our Profession’s Top Victories This Year
      To end the year, AAPA President Folusho E. Ogunfiditimi reports on the profession’s top legislative wins, highlights a new PAs Go Beyond campaign milestone, and more.

  • November
    2023

    • A Thanksgiving Reflection: Leading with Purpose
      With Thanksgiving fast approaching, AAPA President Folusho E. Ogunfiditimi reflects on the diverse opportunities that shaped his career and urges PAs to look to the future. He encourages all PAs to embrace a leadership role in their community or practice, to make a difference for their patients and the PA profession.

  • October
    2023

    • Happy PA Week!
      AAPA President Folusho E. Ogunfiditimi spotlights the numerous ways PAs can participate during National PA Week. He also highlights a national PAs Go Beyond advertising campaign that complements a dynamic TV and radio tour featuring AAPA and state leaders to share the latest Harris poll data.

  • September
    2023

    • Save the Date for PA Week
      In the lead up to PA Week, AAPA President Folusho E. Ogunfiditimi urges PAs to show their support for their profession and their fellow PAs, by engaging on social media and spreading the word that PAs Go Beyond.

  • August
    2023

    • PA Leadership Opportunities: Unleash Your Potential!
      This month, AAPA President Folusho E. Ogunfiditimi encourages all PAs to consider how they can become a leader in the profession and work toward removing barriers and increasing access to high-quality patient care.

 

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From Our CEO
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Lisa M. Gables, CPA

Chief Executive Officer

From Our CEO

  • December
    2023

    • The Latest on PA Brand and Title Change
      Since the AAPA House of Delegates passed a resolution affirming “physician associate” as the official title of the PA profession in 2021, AAPA has made progress in building public awareness of this new title while simultaneously elevating the PA brand.

  • May
    2023

    • Tennessee Patients Weigh in on the Current State of Healthcare
      The Harris Poll findings illuminate challenges patients face every day to take care of themselves and their loved ones. The alarming poll results signal a need for immediate action to shore up the healthcare workforce and increase access to care for patients.

  • April
    2023

    • Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative Learning Lab
      During this DAC Learning Laboratory, AAPA CEO Lisa Gables spoke about the importance of partnership and collaboration in developing sustainable and scalable programs for Alzheimer’s early detection.

  • February
    2023

    • Letter to The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
      AAPA CEO Lisa Gables provides comments on the proposed rulemaking on medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder and how AAPA is committed to working with federal agencies to advance our shared mission of improving access to high-quality healthcare and ending the opioid epidemic.

  • November
    2020

    • AAPA Response to AMA’s #StopScopeCreep Campaign
      In a letter to the American Medical Association (AMA), AAPA CEO Lisa Gable and President Beth Smolko ask that AMA cease advancing the false and offensive narrative in the #StopScopeCreep campaign, which suggests PA care is not safe and jeopardizes patient safety.

  • March
    2020

    • To fight coronavirus, let physician assistants order home health services
      CEO Lisa Gables discusses how PAs play a significant part of the on-the-ground efforts to diagnose and treat COVID-19, and what legislative action can be taken to allow PAs to practice to the fullest extent of their training and abilities to improve access and affordability of care to patients.

Our Volunteer Leaders

Our Volunteer Leaders

  • September
    2022

    • PA Ben Reynolds Represents PAs at the Leadership Table
      Ben Reynolds, MPAS, PA-C, DFAAPA, believes participation is the lifeblood of a community. But he’s more than a participant; he’s a leader, always looking for ways to improve others’ lives – whether PAs, patients, or fellow community members.

  • August
    2022

 

PAs Go Beyond News

2024 Eugene A. Stead Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient Has Strengthened the PA Profession Through Service and Research

Richard Dehn, MPA, PA-C, DFAAPA, is the 2024 recipient of the Eugene A. Stead Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. As a primary care provider, educator, mentor, and prolific researcher, Dehn has made significant contributions to the PA profession.

2024 PA of the Year is Dedicated to Providing Care in Addiction and Maternal Fetal Medicine

Jasmin E. Charles, MPAS, PA-C , is the 2024 recipient of the PA of the Year Award. Dedicated to providing care in addiction and maternal fetal medicine, Charles is the co-founder and clinical director for the Substance Use and Pregnancy – Recovery, Addiction, and Dependence clinic in Utah.

2024 PA Student of the Year Advocates for Inclusivity and Interprofessional Collaboration

Jade O. Norman, MHS, is the 2024 recipient of the PA Student of the Year Award. A PA student at Meharry Medical College, Norman is passionate about health equity and is Director of Community Engagement for the nation’s first medical concierge service for lower socioeconomic families

2024 Military Service Award Recipient Hopes to Lead by Example in Service

Leticia Bland, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C , is the 2024 recipient of the Military Service Award. A U.S. Air Force veteran, Bland volunteers her time to care for underserved communities. In her role as an educator, she helps her students learn to treat diverse populations.

2024 Diversity Award Recipient Breaks Down Language Barriers for Spanish-Speaking Patients

Paola Gonzalez, MPAS, PA-C, is the 2024 recipient of the Diversity Award. A PA for more than 20 years, Gonzalez is passionate about helping communities who face diminished resources and healthcare disparities. She is the current president of PAs for Latino Health.

2024 Preceptor of the Year Encourages Students to Connect with Patients and Improve Healthcare Outcomes

Hardik Thakkar, MSPAS, PA-C , is the recipient of the 2024 Preceptor of the Year Award. Thakkar manages a team of APPs at Moffitt Cancer Center, where he has precepted over 20 PA students over the last three years, and has established a program to increase preceptor participation.

2024 Publishing Award Recipient Examines Impact of PA Practice Environment on Wages

Ryan D. White, PhD, PA-C , is the recipient of the 2024 Publishing Award as the author of “Examining the Influence of PA Scope of Practice Reforms and Individual Characteristics on Wages,” which investigated how the PA practice environment impacts PA compensation and was published in Medical Care Research and Review.

2024 Outstanding Student Society Empowers PA Students to Advocate for the Profession and Elevate Patient Care

The 2024 Outstanding Student Society is the CUNY School of Medicine PA Program, whose members conducted outreach to high school students, hosted and attended events to celebrate diversity, and held drives for needed supplies within their community.

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CO Outreach and Advocacy Award Recipient Strives to Empower PAs

The recipient of the 2023 CO Outreach and Advocacy Award is the Minnesota Academy of PAs (MAPA). MAPA utilized its 12 committees to provide PAs with CME opportunities, further diversity, equity and inclusion, advance advocacy initiatives, and more.

PA Student Isaac Esene Leads GoodWorks, a Nonprofit that Teaches Bystander Awareness to the Next Generation

After losing peers to violent situations in high school, PA student Isaac Esene founded GoodWorks, a nonprofit that teaches young people CPR, Stop the Bleed techniques, and other skills related to bystander response. His goal is to provide the next generation with the knowledge they need to respond in the event of violence or medical emergencies—and potentially save lives.