Announcing the 2023 PAEA Faculty & Staff Award Winners

Each year during the Education Forum, we recognize the educators, trailblazers, and innovators who represent the best of the PA profession. The Awards allow us to encourage and promote growth, commitment, and advocacy among ourselves, our colleagues, and our students. Each of the PAEA Faculty & Staff Award recipients has made an impact in the programs and communities they’ve touched.

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for the 2023 PAEA Awards. Without your nominations and letters of support, PAEA’s volunteer-based Awards and Honors Review Committee would not have had the opportunity to elevate and recognize members who contribute so much to our profession.

The following award recipients were acknowledged for their outstanding contributions to PA education at the Awards Reception on Thursday, October 12, 2023, in New Orleans.

Administrative Support
Corey Smith, MBA, Associate Program Director of Administration, University of Washington MEDEX Northwest

Article of the Year
Publish or Perish: A Cross-Sectional, Bibliographic Analysis of Physician Assistant Faculty Publications by Alexandria Garino, PhD, PA-C, Associate Dean for PA Education and Assistant Professor (General Medicine, PA Program), Yale School of Medicine

Clinical Education
Bindiya Nandwana, MPH, PA-C, Director of Clinical Education, Wayne State University

Excellence Through Diversity
University of Washington MEDEX Northwest

Leadership Development
Tracey DelNero, DMSc, PA-C, Clinical Professor and Founding Academic Director, PA Program, University of the Pacific

Lifetime Achievement
Anthony (Tony) Miller, MEd, PA-C, Founding Program Director and Distinguished Professor of PA Studies, Shenandoah University

Rising Star
Skylar Stewart-Clark, PhD, PA-C, Division Head and Program Director, Oregon Health and Sciences University

Master Faculty
Cathy Ruff, MS, PA-C, PA Program Director and Chair, Associate Professor of PA Studies, Rocky Vista University

New Faculty
Kathryn Reed, MS, PA-C, EMT-P, Vice Chair for Equity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement and Assistant Professor, Department of PA Studies, University of Pittsburgh

University of Maryland’s Shore Regional Health, William Huffner, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, Shore Regional Health

Brenda Jasper Project Access Student-Led Competition Award
The George Washington University Project Access Team