President – Richard Rohrs, PA-C

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President
Richard Rohrs, PA-C
Parkton, Maryland
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Richard Rohrs, PA-C, DFAAPA, serves as president of the Physician Assistant Foundation Board of Trustees. Prior to serving as president, he served on the Foundation Board as vice president. He is a past president and chair of the Board of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants, and the Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants. He is a longtime member of the AAPA House of Delegates.  He has served on numerous AAPA advisory groups, including as chair of the AAPA Commission on Advocacy and Government Affairs. He currently serves on the American Medical Association’s National Uniform Coding Committee. In 2000, he was named the AAPA Outstanding PA of the Year, and received the Maryland Academy’s Outstanding PA of the Year award in 1987.

Rohrs is the administrative director of LifeBridge Medicine at the Northwest Hospital Center in Randallstown, Md. He is the administrator over the division consisting of hospitalist, intensivist, surgicalist, and post-acute departments. He oversees more than 80 physicians, PAs, and APRNs along with support personnel providing services at three hospitals and post-acute facilities.  He participates in all aspects of governance at the executive level with multiple hospital and system-wide committee assignments.

A Practicing PA for nearly 40 years, he is a national thought leader on the development and utilization of PAs and team-based medicine. An expert on healthcare regulations and compliance, he has extensive experience in hospital operations and management, organizational leadership and strategic planning. He specializes in hospital-based internal medicine.

A 1977 graduate of the Johns Hopkins PA program, Rohrs currently holds multiple faculty appointments including George Washington and Towson Universities.  He chairs the Program Advisory Committee at the latter. He also oversees an extensive training program for PAs at Northwest Hospital. He is a preceptor for and guest lecturer at several PA programs.

For many years, he has been at the forefront of international development of the PA profession. He served as the first chair of the AAPA International Affairs Committee and worked as a consultant to many countries throughout the world.  He has led PA delegations to the Netherlands, Taiwan, Great Britain, China, Brazil, and Cuba among others. He has also done a humanitarian mission to Africa.