To support the professional & personal development of PAs.

    History of the PA Profession Across the Country & Here in Oregon


    The PA profession was created to improve and expand healthcare. In the mid-1960s, physicians and educators recognized there was a shortage of primary care physicians.

    To help remedy this, Eugene A. Stead Jr., MD, of the Duke University Medical Center, put together the first class of PAs in 1965. He selected four Navy Hospital Corpsmen who had received considerable medical training during their military service. Stead based the curriculum of the PA program on his knowledge of the fast-track training of doctors during World War II. The first PA class graduated from the Duke University PA program on Oct. 6, 1967.

    The PA concept was lauded early on and gained federal acceptance and backing as early as the 1970s as a creative solution to physician shortages. The medical community helped support the new profession and spurred the setting of accreditation standards, establishment of a national certification process and standardized examination, and development of continuing medical education requirements.

    The American Academy of Physician Assistants (formerly known as the American Association of Physician Assistants) was established and incorporated in the state of North Carolina in 1968. Initial membership was made up of the first students and graduates of the Duke University PA program, among which were former military corpsmen.

    In 1973, 300 members strong, a joint national headquarters for AAPA and the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (now the Physician Assistant Education Association) was established in Washington, D.C. The headquarters moved to Arlington, Va., in the late 1970s and to Old Town Alexandria, VA, in 1988.

    The Academy moved to its current location in the Carlyle area of Alexandria in 2011. The Oregon Society of Physician Assistants (OSPA) was incorporated in 1982, and today is the 'Definitive Voice of PAs in Oregon!'

    OSPA Presidents - Present and Past

     2017 - 2019  Saje Davis-Risen, PA-C
     2015 - 2016
     Rachel Stappler, PA-C
     2014 - 2015
     Coralee Koning, PA-C
     2013 - 2014
     David Greene, PA-C
     2012 - 2013
     Ian Hartman, PA-C
     2010 - 2012
     Barbara Martin, PA-C
     2008 - 2010
     Kate Grace, PA-C
     2007 - 2008  Mark Tabor, PA-C
     2006 - 2007  Ben Johnson, PA-C
     2005 - 2006  Cheri Springer, PA-C
     2003 - 2004  Pat Kenney-Moore, PA-C
     2002 - 2003  Ted Ruback, PA-C
     2000 - 2002  Curt Hawkinson, PA-C
     1998 - 2000  Scott Beyer, PA-C
     1996 - 1998  Dana Gray, PA-C
     1995 - 1996  Dave Jones, PA-C
     1994 - 1995  Ann Rose, PA-C
     1993 - 1994  Phyllis Petersen, PA-C
     1992 - 1993  Jerome Casey, PA-C
     1991 - 1992  Stan Ferguson, PA-C
     1990 - 1991  Larry Dennis, PA-C
     1989 - 1990  Francine Boullosa, PA-C
     1988 - 1989  Dave Jones, PA-C
     1987 - 1988  Claudio Lima, PA-C
     1986 - 1987  Greg Meiling, PA-C
     1984 - 1986  Dana Gray, PA-C
     1983 - 1984  Dave Goddard, PA-C (stepped in for Forest Hofer)
     1982 - 1983  Frank Pacosa, PA-C
     1981 - 1982  Robert Petersen, PA-C
     1979 - 1981  Mike Meno, PA-C
     1977 - 1979  Steve Koontz, PA-C
     1975 - 1977  Jerry Dobbs, PA-C
     1974 - 1975  Margaret Wadsworth, PA-C


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