American Academy of PAs Announces 2018 Conference General Session Speaker

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Nov. 2, 2017) – The American Academy of PAs (AAPA) announced today its general session speaker for AAPA Conference 2018. Jeff Evans, PA (physician assistant), mountaineer, adventurer, and author, will speak to attendees on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

Evans’ speech, titled “MountainVision: Lessons Beyond the Summit,” will draw from his experiences delivering emergency medical care on the front lines in Mosul, Iraq; guiding a blind climber to the summit of Mount Everest; co-founding an expedition-based program for injured U.S. veterans; and serving as the chief medic for a helicopter-based search and rescue team on Mount Everest. Key themes will include servant leadership, teamwork, commitment, and handling adversity.

“Jeff’s messages about leadership and teamwork will certainly resonate with and be an inspiration to all PAs as they continue to advance the profession while meeting modern healthcare needs,” said L. Gail Curtis, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA, president and chair of AAPA’s Board of Directors. “It is so great to have this caliber of PA leader as our keynote. I have no doubt he will leave PAs feeling energized and excited about our individual potential to improve healthcare and the patient experience.”

Throughout his career, Evans has been featured on the Travel Channel series “Everest Air,” the ABC series “Expedition Impossible,” CNN, and The Doctors. He also runs a blog, The World of MountainVision, which he uses to document his adventures.

“I am absolutely thrilled to have the honor of addressing my fellow PAs at AAPA 2018,” said Evans. I look forward to sharing adventurous stories and messages that showcase the critical role of the PA in our world today.”

AAPA 2018, happening May 19 through May 23, 2018, will provide PAs an opportunity to earn continuing medical education credits, share best practices, and network with PAs and PA leaders from across the country. AAPA 2017 in Las Vegas drew more than 7,000 attendees.

To register for AAPA 2018 visit, Follow Jeff and his adventures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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.