PA Spotlight – Dr. Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA, DFAAPA

PA Spotlight – Dr. Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA, DFAAPA

This year, in celebration of our PA professions 50th anniversary, Certified Medical Educators would like to honor 50 exceptional PAs for their professional accomplishments, passion, and dedication. It is with great excitement that we spotlight Dr. Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA, DFAAPA.

Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA, DFAAPA

Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA, DFAAPA

Dr. Danielsen is currently a Professor and Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (A.T. Still University) in Mesa, Arizona, and has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and as a board member and chairman for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). In May 2015 he received the Eugene A. Stead Award of Achievement by the AAPA. This is the Academy’s most prestigious award recognizing an individual for lifetime achievement that has had a broad and significant impact on the profession. He currently serves as PA editor-in-chief for Clinician Reviews, a peer-reviewed professional journal for both physician assistants and nurse practitioners. Dr. Danielsen started his career as an Air Force corpsmen and went on to serve 28 years in the Air Force and Army National Guard, and throughout his career has served as a clinician, PA educator, advocate, author and editor.  He has worked as a clinical PA in Family Practice, Emergency Medicine, Occupational Medicine and Allergy & Immunology.


Birthplace: Preston, Idaho

PA Program graduated from: University of Utah MEDEX Program

Favorite Sports Team: Arizona, Cardinals

Mentors who had an influence on you: Dr. Burton Brasher, Family Medicine Practitioner

Interesting fact: Randy is a Second-Degree Black Belt in Uechi-Ryu Karate, Chinese-Okinawan Style.

PA Interview Questions:

What are you most proud of from you career: “Most proud of over the years is the opportunity I’ve had to make a difference in Arizona statues for PAs, I moved to Arizona in 1979, and between now and then have gone back 8-9 times to upgrade and modernize the scope of practice for PAs, and I am super proud to be part of those efforts”

What advice would you give current PA students: “No matter what happens, always remember the focus is on the patient, there is so much going on now in profession that we sometimes lose sight of what we are there for – doing what is best for our patients”

Where do you see our PA profession in another 50 years: “I hope that we are the go-to profession for primary care. I am hoping over the next 50 years we see more PAs moving back into primary care and to serve as gate keepers for patients”

Certified Medical Educators salutes Randy Danielsen for being an incredible leader, teacher, and PA.

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