This program has been reviewed and is approved for a maximum of 32.5 hours of AAPA Category I CME credit by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician assistants should claim only those hours actually spent participating in the CME activity.

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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.

Congratulations to our Leadership Team!

Congratulations to the following members elected to the Board of Directors positions for the 2014-2016 term. 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

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

Immediate Past President
Amy Biedenbach, MPAS, PA-C

President Elect
Donald Adams, MPAS, PA-C

Erika Nigam, MPAS, PA-C


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




Director of Marketing
Gerald Simons,

Director of Education
Erin Sherer

Director of Information Technology
Carey Szymczak, PA-S

Director at Large
Brittnay Thurston

Student Representative
Dustin Jones, PA-S

Asst. Student Representative
Matthew H. Klein



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


Nominating Committee
Catherine Gaines, PA-C


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

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

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Anesthesia Representative
Mike Champion, PA-C

Ophthalmology Representative
Seeking a Representative Chairperson

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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

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Surgical Oncology Representative
Seeking a Representative Chairperson

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

Critical Care Representative
Ashish Seth, MBA, PA-C

Cardiac Surgery Representative
Michael Nowak, 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.

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