Mr. Cawley was awarded the prestigious Eugene A. Stead Award of Achievement by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) in 2011. This award of excellence focused on his pivotal role in moving the PA field forward through his work as a certified practitioner, educator, scholar, and leader. He is founder and director of GW's joint Physician Assistant/M.P.H. program, which was the first of its type in the U.S. His research interests focus on the profession of physician assistant and on primary care and health work force policy. In addition to co-authoring four books on the PA field, he has published extensively in the areas of preventive medicine, non-physician health providers, and health workforce policy.
A certified physician assistant for 32 years, he practiced as a PA in primary care at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, earned his MPH in infectious disease epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and has held faculty appointments in the PA educational programs at Johns Hopkins, SUNY at Stony Brook, and Yale University School of Medicine.
He was a visiting professor at South College and spoke to our PA students regarding the PA profession, PA history and the professional role of Physician Assistant's nation wide.