Kettering College Alum Named President- Elect of American Academy of Physician Assistants

Paul Stephan Robinson, PA-C, has been elected president-elect of the American Academy of

Physician Assistants (AAPA), the only national organization to represent the nearly 70,000 physician assistants practicing in all medical and surgical specialties and all practice settings. He took office as president-elect on June 10 and will automatically assume the presidency of the Academy on June 10, 2009.

Robinson is employed by St. John’s Hospital – Health-East Care System in St. Paul, Minn., as a physician assistant in emergency medicine. He and his family reside in River Falls, Wisc.

Robinson, who was Speaker of the AAPA House of Delegates, the Academy’s policy-making body, from 2005 to 2008 and first vice speaker from 2002 to 2005, also has served on the AAPA Professional Practice Council, Nominating Committee, Public Education Committee, the Conference Planning Committee, and Physician Assistant Foundation Board of Trustees.

On the state level, he served in leadership roles with the Wisconsin Academy of Physician Assistants. He is a former two-time president of the state academy and a former delegate and three-time chief delegate to the AAPA House of Delegates from Wisconsin, and a member of the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants.

Physician assistants are licensed health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in rural and urban settings. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and prescribe medications.

AAPA is the only national organization to represent physician assistants in all medical and surgical specialties. Founded in 1968, the Academy works to promote quality, cost effective health care and the professional and personal growth of PAs. For more information about the Academy and the PA profession, visit the AAPA’s Web site,


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