The MEDEX 50th Anniversary Celebration was a great success!
Thank you to all who participated.
Tim is the course chair for Behavioral Medicine at MEDEX Northwest, which makes him the perfect choice to emcee our 50th Celebration. He started his academic career at Wichita State University’s PA department in 1995, and joined the MEDEX faculty in 2010.
MEDEX Tacoma Site Director
A Combat Medic in the Washington State National Guard, Jennifer’s life is marked by service. She’s a graduate of MEDEX Seattle Class 41. As the MEDEX Tacoma Site Director, her dedication to the next generation of PAs is resolute.
University of Texas, San Antonio
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Program Director
A veteran of the Coast Guard, Tony is fondly remembered for his laughter and years on the Clinical Team at MEDEX in Seattle.
MEDEX Program Director (2014 to Present)
Attracted by the program’s mission, Terry Scott entered MEDEX as a student in 1991. As the current Program Director, Terry is charged with the general health and maintenance of the organization, along with the proposed expansion to a Hawaii campus in 2020.
MEDEX Program Director (1985 to 2014)
Ruth Ballweg served as Program Director of MEDEX Northwest for 29 years, overseeing the development of campus sites in Spokane, Yakima, Alaska and Tacoma. As Professor Emeritus, Ruth continues to consult nationally and internationally.
MEDEX Program Director (1972 to 1977)
Dr. Lawrence assumed the role of MEDEX Program Director from Dr. Richard Smith in 1972. Later, he served as CEO and Chairman of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals from 1991 until his retirement in 2002.
Professor & Chair, UW Medicine Department of Family Medicine
As the chair of family medicine in the UW School of Medicine, Dr. James oversees nine DFM sections including MEDEX Northwest. In 2017 James came to UW after 16 years at the University of Iowa, where he was an endowed chair in rural medicine and chair of the Department of Family Medicine. He is a professor of occupational and environmental health.
Commissioner for the Washington Medical Commission
Dermatologist - Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, WA
A graduate of MEDEX Spokane Class 1, Theresa continues to teach residents, medical students and PA students, precepting for clinical year MEDEX students.
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, D.C.
David Acosta provides strategic vision and leadership for the AAMC’s diversity and inclusion activities across the medical education community. He served as the chief diversity officer at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies, George Washington University
Howard Straker is PAEA president-elect and will serve as president in 2020. He directs the joint degree PA/MPH program at George Washington University. Howard helped to establish the first MEDEX Alaska site in Sitka in 1995.
Family Practice, Anchorage, AK
Sarah holds the Past President position on the Alaska Academy of Physician Assistant Board, serves as the Alaska Representative for the AAPA House of Delegates, coordinates a monthly Journal Club for PA’s and is a preceptor for the MEDEX Anchorage PA Program.
Professor Emeritus, University of Utah School of Medicine
Don Pedersen was the Program Director for the Utah Physician Assistant Program from 1989 to 2010. He is the past president of PAEA with 4 years on the Board of Directors. Don is a founding member on both the AAPA International Working Group and the PA Historical Society.
Clinical Health Care Investigator
A former WAPA president, Phoumey was the founding member of the PA for Asian Health Caucus. He led the Medical Missions to Lao PDR, contributing to the training of their healthcare manpower.
Executive Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Dr. Keen practiced family medicine for more than 5 years in Othello, WA alongside with the MEDEX “Othello Pioneers”. This is where his interest of meeting the health care needs of our communities through training of the next generation of competent clinicians took root. He joined UW in 2007 and his current responsibilities are in areas of academic leadership, medical student and PA education.
Managing Director, PA History Society
Since 2013 Lori has managed the day-to-day activities of the Society, its staff and finances, the 12-member volunteer Board of Trustees, two Historians, board committees, the PAHx website, communications, and all special projects including the traveling banner exhibit on display at the MEDEX 50th Celebration.
Graduate of MEDEX Class 1 from 1969
The first African American physician assistant, Steve was a founding member of the African American Caucus of the AAPA and WAPA president in 1976. He has been in continuous clinical practice since 1969, currently working with the nonprofit Benevolence Health Centers in California.
Current President, Washington Academy of Physician Assistants
Eileen works for Kaiser Permanente urgent care in Olympia, WA. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma PA Program in 1984, and has precepted MEDEX students since moving to this region.
Pediatric Neurosurgery Assistant, Children’s Hospital of Orange County
A graduate of MEDEX Spokane Class 14 in 2012, Tony has gained fame as the “Dancing Doc”. Videos of him dancing with patients have gone viral with millions of views.