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AASPA Leadership

AASPA leaders are all surgical PAs or PA students who volunteer their time to support and advance the surgical PA profession and ultimately better surgical patient care.

Join our Leadership Team!

If you are interested in a fun and exciting challenge, we encourage you to join the AASPA leadership. As of January 2014 we will be accepting names for nominations to the following Board of Directors positions for the 2014-2016 term:

  • President-Elect (must have been an AASPA Board member for at least 2 years)
  • Education Director
  • Marketing Director

The term for all positions is July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016.

To volunteer for leadership, visit Volunteer Opportunities or email us. Do it today!

Board of Directors

Amy Biedenbach, MPAS, PA-C

Immediate Past President
Robert Sammartano, PA-C

President Elect
Catherine Gaines, PA-C, Lt. Col (Ret.), COANG, BSC

Erika Nigam, MPAS, PA-C

Gerald Simons,

ACS-CSPS Representatives
Dan Vetrosky, PhD, PA-C
Roy Constantine, PhD, PA-C



Donald Adams, MPAS, PA-C

Brittnay Thurston, PA-C

Jonathan VanHorn, PA-C

Thomas O'Brien, PA-C

Student Representative-at-Large
Carey Szymczak, PA-S

Dustin Jones, PA-S


Committee Chairpersons

CME Committee Chair
Catherine Gaines, PA-C

Reimbursement Chair
Rolando Garcia, PA-C

Membership Chair
Scott Cackler, PA-C

Scholarship Chair
Kent Wallace, PA-C

Sutureline Editor
Seeking an Editor

Website Chair
Gerald Simons, MPAS, PA-C

Corporate Relations Committee
Daniel Vetrosky, PhD, PA-C

Student Affairs Chair
Erika Nigam, MPAS, PA-C

Surgical Education & Research Committee
Roy Constantine PhD, PA-C

Strategic Planning Committee
Daniel Vetrosky, PhD, PA-C

Finance Committee
Erika Nigam, MPAS, PA-C

AASPA Historian
Gerald Simons

Awards committee
Dana Gray, PA-C

Nominating Committee
Catherine Gaines, PA-C


Specialty Representatives

Vascular Representative
Gerald T. Simons, PA-C

Pediatric Surgery Representative
Robert Sammartano, PA-C

Plastic & Reconstruction Representative
Leah Kenney, PA-C

Bariatric Surgery Representative
Amy Biedenbach, MS, PA-C

Transplant Surgery Representative
Seeking a Representative Chairperson

Contact AASPA for more information

Anesthesia Representative
Mike Champion, PA-C

Ophthalmology Representative
Seeking a Representative Chairperson

Contact AASPA for more information

Colon & Rectal Surgery Representative
Brian Lane, MD

Orthopaedics Representative
Carol Fiore, PA-C

Neurosurgery Representative
Joseph Hlavin, PA-C (Spine)
James Piotrowski, PA-C (Brain)

Trauma Representative
Jonathan R. Van Horn, PA-C

Military Representative
Lt. Col. Catharine Gaines, Ret.

ENT/Head and Neck Surgery Representative
Seeking a Representative Chairperson

Contact AASPA for more information

Surgical Oncology Representative
Seeking a Representative Chairperson

Contact AASPA for more information

Hepato-Biliary Representative
Roy Constantine, PhD, MPH, PA-C

Critical Care Representative
Ashish Seth, PA-C


Management Staff (

Linda Kotrba


Director, Advertising & Media
Renee Powell

ACCM Convocation

Dr. Roy Constantine. MPH, PA-C, former President of AASPA and current Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety Liaison was inducted as a Fellow into the American College of Critical Care Medicine at the Society of Critical Care Medicine's Annual Congress in January in San Francisco, CA. Fellows of the American College of Critical Care Medicine (ACCM) are practitioners, researchers, administrators and educators who have made outstanding contributions to the collaborative field of critical care.

When the American College of Critical Care Medicine was created in 1988, the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) began a tradition dedicated to the recognition of excellence. The College emphasizes quality management in the practice and administration of critical care through the development of multi-professional guidelines and practice parameters, and also honors individuals whose achievements and contributions demonstrate personal commitment to critical care excellence. The College also provides the Society with a consultative body possessing recognized expertise in the practice of critical care.

More Information

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