Mr. Rackover became involved in healthcare in 1968 as a US Air Force medic and radiology technologist during the Vietnam War, where his passion for patient care led him to the field of radiation oncology. In 1984, he became a PA after graduating from Hahnemann University, and he now serves as an advisor to the National Human Genome Research Institute. He is currently the associate PA program director and associate professor at Philadelphia University. He helped start the PA program in 1995.
He has dedicated years to educating PAs and other clinicians in genetics and genomics, traveling extensively, lecturing and publishing widely and prominently on the subject of PA use of genetics to improve patient care. He was the driving force behind a national meeting of the four leading PA organizations in 2007 at the National Institutes of Health. Mr. "Rocky" Rackover Michael received the American Academy of Physician Assistants' 2011 Outstanding PA of the Year Award at AAPA's 39th Annual Physician Assistant Conference in Las Vegas on June 1. He is best known as an expert in genomic literacy and education, and his efforts are largely responsible for PAs being among the first healthcare professionals to partner with the US National Institutes of Health's National Human Genome Research Institute. Together with Ms.Goldgar he was one of our visiting professors to speak to our PA students and faculty on genetics.