AAPA Announces Agnes M. Compagnone as PA Foundation Executive Director 

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (July 26, 2023) – The American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA) is pleased to welcome Agnes M. Compagnone, DMSc, PA-C, as executive director (ED) of the PA Foundation (PAF), the philanthropic arm of AAPA.

As ED, Compagnone will work in partnership with the PAF Board of Trustees and AAPA’s senior leadership team to empower PAs to improve health through philanthropy and service. Compagnone brings over 25 years of healthcare and leadership experience and more than a decade of corporate executive knowledge including diverse leadership experiences serving in multiple civic, society/constituent, and academic leadership capacities. 

“As the first PA to hold this position, Dr. Compagnone brings a wealth of clinical expertise and experience as a PA leader, business owner, educator, and consultant,” AAPA CEO Lisa M. Gables, CPA said. “We are excited to welcome her to AAPA and look forward to the next chapter in PAF’s ongoing efforts to diversify and strengthen the PA profession and improve healthcare for all communities.”

As the new PAF ED, Compagnone will lead existing programs and foster new initiatives to advance PAF’s efforts toward three primary goals: expanding opportunities for PAs to give back, supporting PA efforts to engage patients in their own healthcare, and establishing a sustainable business model to support the new PAF strategic direction.

Compagnone most recently served as an assistant professor working to develop a PA Program at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU), LMU-Tampa. Throughout her career, Compagnone has been dedicated to shaping the next generation of PAs, holding positions at Butler University, the University of South Florida, Florida State University, and Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program, among others.

Compagnone is a past PAF president; she also served two terms as a PAF trustee and currently chairs the PA Foundations Women in Philanthropy initiative.

“I am honored to be entrusted with this monumental opportunity as the first PA to embrace this role,” Compagnone said. “Serving my colleagues and the PA community in this capacity is an incredible privilege. I am extremely excited to create life-changing opportunities for PAs to give back to their communities and propel the PAF to new levels.”  

Since 1977, PAF has worked to promote better health and to positively impact the lives of PAs, students, their patients, and the communities they serve. To learn more about PAF, visit pa-foundation.org. 


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About the American Academy of Physician Associates (AAPA)
AAPA is the national membership organization for all physician associates/physician assistants (PAs). PAs are licensed clinicians who practice medicine in every specialty and setting. Trusted, rigorously educated and trained healthcare professionals, PAs are dedicated to expanding access to care and transforming health and wellness through patient-centered, team-based medical practice. PA has been named one of the best jobs overall and one of the best healthcare jobs for the sixth year in a row by U.S. News & World Report The PA profession ranked number three this year in Best STEM jobs. Learn more about the profession at aapa.org and engage through Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter. 

About the PA Foundation
PA Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that promotes better health and wellness by providing PAs and PA students with philanthropic opportunities and resources. It is the philanthropic arm of the AAPA, representing a profession of approximately 150,000 PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the uniformed services.