The Physician Assistant Education Association presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to William Kohlhepp, of Durham, professor emeritus of physician assistant studies at Quinnipiac University, during the 2020 PAEA Education Forum.
Each year, the award recognizes a current or former program faculty or staff member who has made extraordinary contributions to PA education over a sustained period of time.
Kohlhepp, who joined Quinnipiac in 1996, rose in faculty rank to become a tenured professor of PA studies. He also held several administrative positions at the university, including director of undergraduate physician assistant education, associate dean in the School of Health Sciences, associate vice president for faculty affairs and dean of the School of Health Sciences.
He held the dean’s position for four years before retiring in 2019.
A physician assistant for more than 40 years, Kohlhepp worked clinically at Yale New Haven Hospital, the Hospital of Saint Raphael, and the Community Health Care Plan.
He also was a successful practice/hospital administrator for more than 10 years, working as the operations manager for St. Raphael’s Occupational Health Plus and the health center manager for the Community Health Care Plan.
Kohlhepp has remained active in the national professional organizations of the physician assistant profession, recently serving as president of the Physician Assistant Education Association. He is also a past board chair of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.