Pagel to Keynote WAPA Annual Meeting


The president of the American Association of Physician Assistants (AAPA) will headline a strong speaker line-up at the 2017 Wyoming Association of Physician Assistants meeting slated for June 2-4 at Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park.

Josanne Pagel, PA-C wears more hats than most and each of them are more impressive than the last. In addition to her position on the board of the AAPA, Pagel is also the executive director of PA services at the Cleveland Clinic Health System, where she is responsible for the training, use and productivity of PA’s in the Cleveland Clinic health System. During her time at the Clinic, she has seen the PA population jump from 50 to almost 400. In addition, she has been a clinical associate professor of Medicine at Case Western-Reserve University’s School of Medicine and has been the clinical director of professional development for the inaugural PA program.

Pagel’s objectives for her presentation include:  Synthesizing major trends in healthcare and their potential impact on PA practice and patient care; identifying critical issues facing the profession such as recognition of PA contributions and value; evolving  practice requirements, and PAs in clinical and executive leadership; and describing key elements of AAPA’s strategic plan and consider how they position the profession for the future.

During her more than 30 years in the PA profession, Pagel has worked in various medical disciplines, including CT surgery, family practice, psychiatry and addiction medicine.

In addition to her practice, Pagel has been active in her community as a former city council member in North Ridgeville (Ohio), and ran for the State House of Representatives. She presently volunteers with the county free clinic, providing much needed health care to members of the community. The Cuyahoga Community College Surgical PA graduate is also studying for her doctorate in divinity and metaphysical sciences.

In addition to Pagel, WAPA has already put together a dynamite group of speakers including some familiar names. This year’s speaker line-up includes:  Sarah Adsit, PA-C (nephrology); Jo Richards (LGBT issues); Chad Sundquist PA-C (urology); Robert Tobin, MD (oncology issues);

Shane Tiernan (drug diversion issues); Rebecca Pollock, MS,CGC (The changing landscape of genetic testing); Andy Dunn, MD (TBA); and Richard Stowell, MD (orthopedic issues).

The room block for the meeting ends in April. Call Jackson Lake Lodge for reservations at (307) 543-2811.