PA of the Year

Each year, the AKAPA Board of Directors recognizes the outstanding services of an Alaska-based Physician Assistant with the PA of the Year award. This prestigious award is presented during the annual AKAPA membership meeting from nominations received prior to September 15. 

The AKAPA Board of Directors is looking for nominations of Alaskan PAs who are exemplary in their work as a physician assistant. Nominations will be accepted year round. 

Please nominate a PA you know who fits some of the following criteria:

  • A PA with an outstanding accomplishment
  • A PA involved in local, state or national activities that further the PA profession
  • And/or a PA involved in community service.

Nominees must be AKAPA members and not be a current AKAPA board member. The winner will be selected by the AKAPA Board of Directors, and announced at the annual membership meeting. 

Past Recipients

2018: John Riley, MS, PA-C, Anchorage, AK
2017: Sarah Hood, PA-C, Anchorage, AK
2016: Terri Bramel, PA-C, Anchorage, AK
2015: Patricia Hensch, PA-C, Anchorage, AK
2014: Pam Engle, PA-C, Anchorage, AK
2013: Ashley Marquardt, PA-C, Anchorage, AK
2012: Robert Thomas, PA-C, Anchorage, AK
2011: Jim Wojciehowski, PA-C, Anchorage, AK
2010: John Winklmann, PA-C, Anchorage, AK
2009:Wendy Hladick, PA-C, Unalaska, AK
2008: Steve Gage, PA-C, Sitka, AK
2007: Edward Hall, PA-C, Anchorage, AK

Nomination Form

Please download this form and return it before September 15 for consideration for PA of the Year. 

PA of the Year Award.pdf

2019 PA of the Year

melissa Falkowski is the 2019 PA of the Year!

For her outstanding clinical knowledge, patient advocacy, unique approach to listening and examining every patient, and her involvement with community health awareness events.



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