PA Alum Wins Outstanding PA of the Year at PAragon Awards

Kim Zuber, SLU Physician Assitant Graduate

Kim (Haff) Zuber, a graduate of the Saint Louis University Physician Assistant Program, has been recognized by the American Academy of Physician Assistants with the PAragon Award for Outstanding PA of the Year. This award honors a physician assistant who demonstrates exemplary service to the profession and the community and furthers the image of physician assistants. The PAragon Awards are the AAPA’s highest honor, recognizing five of the nation’s top physician assistants. The award will be given to Zuber at the AAPA Conference, which will be held in Boston from May 24-28.

Zuber completed her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology at the University of California, San Diego and received her training as a physician assistant at Saint Louis University. She went on to complete her master’s degree at the University of Nebraska Medical School and has worked in Orthopedics and Nephrology since her graduation in 1985. Zuber serves as a local and national spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation, the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Renal Physician Association. For seven years, she served as the liaison between physician assistants and the American Society of Nephrology. She was the first chair of the National Kidney Foundation/Council of Advanced Practitioners serving in that capacity for six years. Her article ‘Renal medication Dosing’ published by the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants was selected as the top clinical article for 2013. The top article and the Outstanding PA of the Year have not been won by 1 PA prior to this year.

Founded in 1968, the American Academy of Physician Assistants is the national professional society for physician assistants. It represents a profession of more than 95,000 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the majority of the U.S. territories and the uniformed services. AAPA advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients PAs serve. We work to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence and recognition of physician assistants. We also enhance their ability to improve the quality, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered healthcare. Visit aapa.org to learn more.

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