Paul Lombardo, Clinical Associate Professor and Chair of the Physician Assistant (PA) Program in the School of Health Technology and Management, has received the Master Faculty Award by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) at the Annual Forum of the PAEA in early November. PAEA is the sole national organization representing the 146 PA programs throughout the United States.
The award recognizes a faculty member who inspires, stimulates, and challenges his or her students and colleagues through exemplary contributions to PA education and the profession. Candidates must have served the PA profession for a minimum of seven years and demonstrate outstanding contributions in teaching, scholarship, administration, and professional service.
Lombardo is a graduate of the inaugural Stony Brook PA Class of 1973. He teaches across several disciplines and is responsible for the overall administration of the AP Program at Stony Brook.
Lombardo is the only PA to have served as President of the PAEA, American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and Physician Assistant Foundation. With his appointment to Board of Directors of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (effective January 2010) he will become the first and only PA to have served on the four key boards that represent and set policy for the PA profession.
Lombardo is a past recipient of both the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the New York State Society of Physician Assistants and a Distinguished Service Award from the AAPA. During his tenure at Stony Brook he has generated more than $5 million in educational grants and contracts for which he served as the principal investigator. He has a particular interest in fostering leadership, mental health training initiatives, and international learning opportunities in both the PA program at Stony Brook and for the profession.