Washington, D.C. – Introducing him as “a perfect example of excellence and dedication,” American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) President, James E. Delaney, PA-C, presented the 2013 President’s Award to John Trimbath, PA-C.

The President’s Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated distinguished volunteer service to the profession by furthering leadership, education, and professional development.

“John sees the broad picture and lives the commitment for the common good,” Delaney said in an emotional tribute at a general session during IMPACT 2013. “He may not always tell you what you want to hear, but I know he will always tell you the truth.”

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After his service in the U.S. Air Force, Trimbath became a PA in 1972 and quickly became an advocate for PA practice in his home state of Ohio. He served as president and legislative coordinator of his state association. In 2006, the state association was instrumental in getting a law passed giving Ohio PAs physician-delegated prescriptive authority.

Two years later, on October 16, 2008, Trimbath’s life took a dramatic turn after a fall from a mechanical bull left him paralyzed from the chest down. The accident did not deter him from his commitment to the profession.

After taking a year off to focus on his recovery and rehabilitation, Trimbath returned to his role as a PA advocate. Thanks largely to his efforts Ohio PAs can now prescribe Schedule II controlled medications. In July 2013, he will start a new chapter in his life as president of the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants.

“It means a lot to me that my peers see me as an individual who can still add to the profession,” said Trimbath. “We need people who truly want to see things move forward.”

“John exemplifies all the great qualities of a leader, and no one can doubt that he truly loves being a PA,” Delaney said. “He continues to be an inspiration to all of us.”