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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

President
Amy Biedenbach, MPAS, PA-C

president@aaspa.com

Immediate Past President
Robert Sammartano, PA-C

immediatepastpresident@aaspa.com

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

preselect@aaspa.com

Treasurer
Erika Nigam, MPAS, PA-C
treasurer@aaspa.com

Secretary
Gerald Simons,
MPAS, PA-C

secretary@aaspa.com

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

 

Directors-at-Large

Southwest
Donald Adams, MPAS, PA-C

southwestdal@aaspa.com

Central
Brittnay Thurston, PA-C

centraldal@aaspa.com

Western
Jonathan VanHorn, PA-C

westerndal@aaspa.com

Southeast
Thomas O'Brien, PA-C

southeastdal@aaspa.com

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

Dustin Jones, PA-S
studentrepresentative@aaspa.com


 

Committee Chairpersons

CME Committee Chair
Catherine Gaines, PA-C

cmecommittee@aaspa.com

Reimbursement Chair
Rolando Garcia, PA-C

reimbursement@aaspa.com

Membership Chair
Scott Cackler, PA-C

membership@aaspa.org

Scholarship Chair
Kent Wallace, PA-C

scholarship@aaspa.org

Sutureline Editor
Seeking an Editor

sutureline@aaspa.com

Website Chair
Gerald Simons, MPAS, PA-C

website@aaspa.org

Corporate Relations Committee
Daniel Vetrosky, PhD, PA-C

corporaterelations@aaspa.com

Student Affairs Chair
Erika Nigam, MPAS, PA-C

studentdal@aaspa.com

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

Surgr@aol.com

Strategic Planning Committee
Daniel Vetrosky, PhD, PA-C

strategicplanning@aaspa.com

Finance Committee
Erika Nigam, MPAS, PA-C

treasurer@aaspa.com

AASPA Historian
Gerald Simons

GTSimons@med.cornell.edu

Awards committee
Dana Gray, PA-C

aaspa@aaspa.com

Nominating Committee
Catherine Gaines, PA-C
presidentelect@aaspa.com

 

Specialty Representatives

Vascular Representative
Gerald T. Simons, PA-C

aaspa@aaspa.com

Pediatric Surgery Representative
Robert Sammartano, PA-C

aaspa@aaspa.com

Plastic & Reconstruction Representative
Leah Kenney, PA-C

Bariatric Surgery Representative
Amy Biedenbach, MS, PA-C

aaspa@aaspa.com

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

aaspa@aaspa.com

Orthopaedics Representative
Carol Fiore, PA-C

aaspa@aaspa.com

Neurosurgery Representative
Joseph Hlavin, PA-C (Spine)
James Piotrowski, PA-C (Brain)
aaspa@aaspa.com

Trauma Representative
Jonathan R. Van Horn, PA-C

jvanhorn@lhs.org

Military Representative
Lt. Col. Catharine Gaines, Ret.
gainescat@aol.com

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

aaspa@aaspa.com

Critical Care Representative
Ashish Seth, PA-C

aaspa@aaspa.com

 

Management Staff (aaspa@aaspa.com)

CEO
Linda Kotrba

ceo@aaspa.com

 

Director, Advertising & Media
Renee Powell

theaaspa@aaspa.com

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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