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Executive Board Members

Trustee- Chair:

David Fahringer


David Fdavid2ahringer is an Associate Professor in the Physician Assistant Programme, Department of Health Services, College of Health Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky (USA). His academic background is in Religion, Biology, and Public Health. His medical interest is in Radiology, Public Health, Geriatrics, Integrated Medicine and HIV/Aids. His educational interest is in interdisciplinary education, service learning, national and international PA clinical education. Mr. Fahringer holds two undergraduate degrees and a master in Public Health. He also holds two professional degrees in radiology and the other as a Physician Assistant. He has worked six years in clinical work in Occupational, Preventive and Environmental Medicine. Since 1994 he has been teaching in the Physician Assistant Programme at the University of Kentucky. He has served in PAEA since 1994 in the following areas: on the Membership Committee, PAEA graduate advisory to SAAAPA and the Chair of IAC. He is also one of the four founders of the International Academy for Physician Associate Education in 2007. In 2010 he started the first PA programme in the Middle East in Saudi Arabia with George Washington University-Medical Faculty Associates at Prince Sultan Military College of Health Science; where he was the programme director. Prof. Fahringer returned back to the University of Kentucky in Aug of 2012 and is now the Associate Program Director and Director of Clinical Education.

Trustee- Immediate Past Chair:

Professor Phillip Begg

BSc(Hons), MBA, MSc, RHAD, PhD

Phil Begg is one of the 4 original Founding Trustees of beggIAPAE, he is Head of Academic Innovation, Research/Education at University Hospitals Birmingham, England. Based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, one of Europe’s largest acute hospitals, with the largest co-located ICU in the world and one of the largest solid organ transplant centres in the world. Phil was, until recently Associate Dean for Primary Care at the University of Wolverhampton and has led the development of the Physician Associate in the UK for the past 10 years. He is also a full professor at the University of Kentucky USA.

Trustee- Treasurer:

Dana Sayre-Stanhope


dana_smallDana Sayre-Stanhope is an associate professor at Emory University School of Medicine where she is directs the post-graduate programmes for the Physician Assistant Division.  She has directed four graduate physician assistant programmes and founded two.  She has served as the Chair of the national PA accrediting body, as the President of the Physician Assistant Education Association and currently is Chair of the International Academy of Physician Associate Educators which convened last year in Johannesburg.  She holds a doctor of education degree and has been consultant to a number of developing physician assistant programmes.




David Lusale

David Lusale is Director of Africa Network of Associate Clinicians and has held this position since 2010. He is a Principal Lecturer in Reproductive Health at Chainama College of Health Sciences in Lusaka, Zambia, and has more than 15 years of experience as a Medical Licentiate Practitioner in general practice, including experience in obstetrics and gynaecology.

David holds a Masters in International Health from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, BSc in Professional Health Studies from Teesside University, Medical Licentiate qualification since 1993 and other postgraduate diplomas in health management systems. In Zambia, he serves on numerous professional bodies including the Health Professions Council of Zambia and Zambia Medical Licentiate Practitioners Association. At the global level, David has served as an expert member on the panel for the World Health Organization technical consultations on optimizing the delivery of key interventions to attain Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5, and for the Network for Health (Netherlands), focusing on training.

Over the past two decades, David has contributed to several local and international initiatives and meetings focused on health systems and reproductive health, including task shifting in medical care to associate clinicians.


President Elect/Acting Secretary

Scott Smalley

smalleyScott Smalley is a Faculty Member of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Family Medicine Department of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is the Head of the Division of Clinical Associates and Lecturer for the Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice Degree programme providing education, clinical coordination, and curriculum development to train students to be certified as Clinical Associates, South Africa’s new, Mid-Level Health professional. Scott has provided medical care and training as a Certified Physician Assistant in the US, as a Clinical Officer in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia and currently as a Registered Clinical Associate in South Africa. He is passionate about promoting the future development and training for all Physician Associate education programs through partnerships, collaboration and global communication.

Director of Communications:

Sanele Ngcobo

saneleMr. Sanele Ngcobo was among the 1st group of Clinical Associates to graduate at University of Pretoria (UP) in 2011. He is currently working at University of Pretoria as a Lecture for Clinical Associates students. He is also serving as a Secretary General for Professional Associate of Clinical Associate in South Africa (PACASA).  Sanele holds a Masters of Public Health, Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health and Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice from the UP. He is currently a PHD candidate at UP.

Student Board Member

Emily Wright

Emily is a student at Tufts University School of Medicine obtaining a duel masters degree in public health and physician assistant studies with expected matriculation in 2020. Her area of interest is in utilizing Non-Physician clinicians as a tool for health systems strengthening in rural and underserved areas domestically within the United States and globally. After completing her undergrad at Hastings College in biochemistry and molecular biology, Emily served in the Peace Corps in the Community Health Improvement Program in the Luapula Province of Zambia.


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