PA of the Year

Ashley Marquardt named 2013 PA of the Year!

75This years PA of the year award goes to someone who has helped strengthen and grow the PA community in Alaska.

After 20+ years of servicing in the United States Air Force he became a paramedic and from there he attended the PA program at the University of Washington, MEDEX. Upon graduating he spent time working in the smaller communities of Shismaref, Clear Air Force Base and Healy before joining a large family practice in Anchorage.

During those years he served on the Alaska Academy of PA’s board as both the president-elect and President and continues to give support and input to our current board members. He helped us gain schedule II prescribing authority, open the door for PA’s to join the Alaska State medical Association and was the 1st PA ever to sit on the ASMA board, working to improve communication and understanding between PA’s and Physicians.

Recently he has made the transition from the clinical environment to a more challenging yet rewarding career of educating PA students at the University of Washington, MEDEX Anchorage location.

For many of us here today, Ashley Marquardt has been there to answer a question or two, help get a license application processed, encourage us to apply for PA school or just sit and laugh over a few beers.

His dedication to Alaska, the PA community, his patients, and students has been evident throughout his career and sets an example for others. Congratulations Ashley.


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.

PA of the Year Award Nomination Form

Past PA of the Year award recipients:

2012: Robert Thomas, PA- C, Anchorage, AK

2011: Jim Wojciehowski, PA-C, Anchorage, AK

2010: John Winklmann, PA-C, Healy, AK

2009: Wendy Hladick, PA-C, Unalaska, AK

2008: Steve Gage, PA-C, Sitka, AK

2007: Edward Hall, PA-C, Anchorage, AK