Immediate Past President – Lisa Alexander, EdD, MPH, PA-C

Lisa Mustone Alexander, EdD, MPH, PA-C
Washington, DC

Lisa Alexander, EdD, MPH, PA-C, serves as the immediate past president of the Physician Assistant Foundation Board of Trustees.  Prior to serving as immediate past president, she served on the Foundation Board as president.  She is a veteran PA educator and currently holds the positions of Professor, Program Director and Interim Chair of Physician Assistant Studies at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) in Washington, DC.   Alexander has served in many leadership roles within the school and PA program since joining GWU in 1982. Her dedication to SMHS and to the field has had a major influence on the evolution of GWU’s PA program and the innovation of its curriculum.

In addition to her current role at SMHS, Alexander is the Assistant Dean for Community-Based Partnerships and oversees the school’s clinical outreach activities and serves as the principal investigator on numerous federal and city funded contracts. She also is a supervising clinician in the HEALing Clinic, a volunteer activity staffed by MD and PA students providing primary care and social services to underserved communities in Washington.  Previously, she served as a consultant for the International Relief and Development, Inc., and was a Fulbright Senior Specialist for the U.S. Department of State.

Alexander is a former member of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Board of Directors, and she served on the joint AAPA/PAEA PA Workforce Task Force in 2010. She was the faculty recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award in 2009, and she received the Margaret B. and Cyril A. Schulman Distinguished Service Award in 2011. A graduate of the George Washington University PA Program, Alexander also received her master’s in public health and doctorate in education from the university.

She received her doctorate in education from George Washington University in 2003. Her research focused on the identity of a profession, with a special focus on physician assistants. In 2001 she received the PA Foundation’s Breitman-Dorn Research Fellowship award, and in 2002 she was the recipient of the Ralph Stone award for outstanding scholarship and leadership among doctoral students. Her research interests included inter-professional education, non-physician clinicians in developing countries and primary care service delivery for individuals with disabilities.