October 4, 2023
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jenni Roberson, 703.380.2764
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (September 30, 2020) – Lisa M. Gables, CPA, was named chief executive officer (CEO) of the American Academy of PAs (AAPA), the membership organization representing more than 140,000 PAs, or physician assistants, nationwide.
Gables comes into this new role having served more than eight years with AAPA, including the last year as interim CEO while also serving as chief financial officer and chief development officer. She initially joined AAPA in 2012 as executive director of the PA Foundation.
“Lisa’s experience at AAPA and commitment to the PA profession will be a tremendous asset as we continue to navigate through this difficult time—in healthcare and in our nation,” said AAPA President and Chair of the Board Beth R. Smolko, DMSc, MMS, PA-C. “She has shown an unparalleled ability to achieve high levels of success in all areas of the organization. Lisa not only excels in executing the daily tasks of her multiple positions but also remains a visionary who is focused on strategies to ensure patients have access to the high-quality care that PAs provide.”
Gables is a certified public accountant and seasoned association executive with extensive experience in healthcare and aging services. Prior to joining AAPA, Gables served as executive director of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) Foundation and as the chief development and program officer of ASCP. She also served as the executive director of the National Adult Day Services Association, chief financial officer of the National Council on Aging, and vice president of finance and business development for Active Services Corporation.
PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. They are educated at the master’s-degree level and programs are approximately three academic years. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality.
“I welcome the opportunity to continue to serve PAs who are so critical to our nation’s healthcare system,” said Gables. “It is an honor to have been selected as CEO of AAPA and I look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”
Gables’ full bio is available on AAPA’s website.
About the American Academy of PAs
AAPA is the national membership organization for all PAs. PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. Learn more about the profession at aapa.org and engage through Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.