|[December 03, 2013]
Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D., PA-C Named New President/CEO of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. --(Business Wire)--
The board of directors of the National Commission on Certification of
Physician Assistants (NCCPA) has selected Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D., PA-C
as the organization's new president/CEO. She is the first physician
assistant to serve as CEO of the organization in its 38-year history.
Morton-Rias will officially assume the new position on June 3, 2014,
after concluding the academic year and transitioning out of her role as
professor and dean of the College of Health Related Professions at the
State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center.
Her selection concludes a nationwide search process that spanned more
than a year.
NCCPA chairman Mark Christiansen, Ph.D., PA-C, says: "We were committed
to taking as long as necessary to find the right person with the right
qualities to lead NCCPA in this important stage of growth in the
organization and in the PA profession. Dawn Morton-Rias has the unique
combination of visionary, charismatic leadership qualities tempered by a
practical, common sense approach."
Morton-Rias joins NCCPA at a time when the PA profession is experiencing
rapid growth. More than 92,000 PAs are currently certified by NCCPA, and
the number of new entrants to the profession is projected to increase
dramatically in the next five to 10 years as scores of new PA
educational programs become accredited.
A certified PA for 30 years, she is no stranger to the PA profession's
national stage. A former president of the Physician Assistant Education
Association (PAEA), Morton-Rias serves as a commissioner for the
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
(ARC-PA), an appointment that will conclude prior to her official start
Christiansen sas, "Dawn's dedication to the PA profession, history of
service to its professional organizations, and her long track record of
working collaboratively and inclusively with other health professions
are all valuable qualities that I am excited to see her bring to her new
role with NCCPA."
Morton-Rias's career as a clinician and PA educator has been punctuated
by a host of awards. Notable recognitions include the 1996 Outstanding
Alumnus Award presented by Howard University's College of Allied Health,
the 2008 Urban Medical Education and Leadership Award presented by the
Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, and the 2008 State University of
New York Chancellors Award for Professional Excellence.
Morton-Rias says, "I am honored to serve the PA profession in this
capacity at this point in our rich history. The PA profession has a
demonstrated track record of contribution to the health care landscape,
in all disciplines and settings. At this time, we stand at the threshold
of a period of rapid growth, enhanced visibility and great expectation.
We have an obligation to continue to instill confidence in the
certification and recertification processes and CAQ and approved CME
programs. I welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively to educate
certified physician assistants, physicians, other health professions and
the public of the unique value of NCCPA
A complete bio is available at http://www.nccpa.net/MediaNCCPALeaders.
About the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) is the
only certifying organization for physician assistants (PAs) in the
United States. The PA-C credential is awarded by NCCPA to PAs who
fulfill certification, certification maintenance and recertification
requirements. There are approximately 92,000 certified PAs in the U.S.
today. In 2011, NCCPA launched its Certificate
of Added Qualifications (CAQ) program for certified physician
assistants practicing in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Emergency
Medicine, Nephrology, Orthopaedic Surgery and Psychiatry; two new
specialties (Pediatrics and Hospital Medicine) are being added in 2014.
For more information, please call (678) 417-8100 or visit www.NCCPA.net.
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