New York PA Elected as American Academy of PAs Secretary-Treasurer

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Oct. 2, 2017) – In a special election, Diane M. Bruessow, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA, was elected to serve a one-year term as secretary-treasurer for the American Academy of PAs (AAPA). Bruessow previously served on the Board as a Director-at-Large and has been a member of AAPA for 23 years.

Bruessow has spent more than two decades as a PA consultant, and has also practiced medicine across a broad variety of practice settings and specialties. Her areas of expertise include lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health – writing, lecturing and consulting for national organizations and public health agencies. Bruessow serves on the inaugural editorial board for Transgender Health, a peer-reviewed journal.

“We are very appreciative of Diane’s innovation and leadership on behalf of PAs,” said L. Gail Curtis, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA, president and chair of AAPA’s Board of Directors. “She will continue to be an asset to the Academy as we move forward in this pivotal year for PAs.”

Throughout her career, Bruessow has worked with the Harvard Innovation Lab on healthcare delivery trend research, founded a community-based organization dedicated to supporting sexual and gender minority women with cancer, and has contributed to briefs for Supreme Court deliberations.

Bruessow has served in multiple Academy leadership roles, including in the AAPA House of Delegates and on multiple constituent organization boards. As Secretary-Treasurer, she chairs the Board’s Finance and Audit Committees, in addition to serving on the Board’s Executive, Executive Compensation, and External Affairs Committees.

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the PA profession. Bruessow assumes this leadership position at a pivotal time for the profession. AAPA recently passed new policy which, as implemented into state laws and regulations, will enhance the ability of PAs to meet the needs of patients and ensure a strong future for the profession in a changing healthcare marketplace.

AAPA’s new policy will support state PA organizations that wish to pursue changes to their respective laws and regulations.  These changes will:

  • Emphasize PAs’ commitment to team practice with the degree of collaboration determined at the practice level;
  • Eliminate legal requirements for PAs to have a specific relationship with a physician in order to practice;
  • Create autonomous majority-PA boards to regulate PAs, or give that authority to healing arts or medical boards that have PAs and physicians who practice with PAs as members; and
  • Authorize PAs to be directly reimbursed by all public and private insurers.

Bruessow has earned the designation of AAPA Distinguished Fellow. She holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from Long Island University, one in PA studies and the other in biology. Bruessow also holds a Master’s degree from the University of Texas.


About the American Academy of PAs
AAPA is the national organization that advocates for all PAs and provides tools to improve PA practice and patient care. Founded in 1968, AAPA represents a profession of more than 115,500 PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories and the uniformed services. Visit to learn more.