AAPA Award winners play critical role in improving health care

AAPA Award recognizes exemplary PAs
AAPA Award recognizes exemplary PAs

SAN FRANCISCO — Five physician assistants have been honored by the American Academy of Physician Assistants in 2015 for their exemplary service to the physician assistant profession and their patients and communities.

“We are extremely proud to honor these incredible physician assistants (PAs),” said American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) President John McGinnity, MS, PA-C, DFAAPA.

Randy D. Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences in Chandler, Arizona, was awarded the Eugene A. Stead Jr. Award of Achievement for his work as a pioneering national and state PA leader, clinician, educator, author, and editor of several scholarly journals. Danielsen helped draft the early legislation that allowed PAs to practice in Arizona and Utah.

Danielsen's commitment to advancing PA practice “has broad and significant impact on PAs,” said McGinnity.

The Humanitarian PA of the Year Award was presented to Gina R. Brown, PA-C, of Wichita State University in Kansas. Brown has led humanitarian efforts in Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1993. From 2007 to 2009, Brown was the only female medical provider in a health center located in Kabul, Afghanistan. She oversaw the medical care of thousands of female patients and created a prenatal care clinic that continues to see patients today.

For his innovative advancements in the Air Force medical and Army emergency medicine communities, Major Timothy J. Bonjour, DSc, PA-C, of the U.S. Air Force in San Antonio, Texas, was awarded the Military Service PA of the Year Award. His research has led to life-saving changes at the U.S. Department of Defense's sole stateside Level I trauma center, San Antonio Military Medical Center.

Jonathan Baker, MPAS, PA-C, of Laser Surgery Center in New York City, was presented with the Clinical Publishing Award for his paper, “Oral Pre-exposure Prophylaxis to Prevent HIV Infection: Clinical and Public Health Implications,” which was published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

The Research Publishing Award was presented to Gerald Kayingo, PhD, MMSc, PA-C, Assistant Clinical Professor University of California-Davis in California, for his paper, “Patient-Centered Medical Homes and Physician Assistant Education: Preparing the PA Student for the Practice of the Future,” which was published in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education.

“[These PAs'] work and passion for education, research and providing care to the underserved in their communities truly exemplifies the values of the PA profession and of AAPA,” said McGinnity.

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