President – Scott Smalley
Scott Smalley is the Head of Division of Clinical Associates under the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a Faculty Member and Lecturer for the Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice Degree programme providing education, clinical coordination, and curriculum development to train students to be certified and registered as Clinical Associates, South Africa’s new healthcare 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.
Immediate Past President – David Lusale
David Lusale is Director of Africa Network of Associate Clinicians and has held this position since 2010. He heads Chainama College of Health Sciences Campus in Kabwe – now integrated into Levy Mwanawasa Medical University. He Lecturers in Reproductive Health, 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 (UK), Medical Licentiate qualification since 1993 and other postgraduate diplomas in health management systems. In Zambia, he has served 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.
Secretary – Lumbani Tshotetsi
Lumbani Tshotetsi is a Faculty member of the Department of Family Medicine at University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa. She is a Lecturer and Coordinator for the Year 1 course in the Bachelor of Clinical Medical Practice degree. She serves on the executive board for the University of Pretoria BCMP programme where she lectures clinical associate students. She is a research coordinator for an international research project in TB under the Department of Microbiology and Family Medicine, University of Pretoria. She holds a MSC degree in Epidemiology from the University of Pretoria and Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health. As well as a Bachelor of Science in Health Science Education and a Diploma in Clinical Medicine. She worked as a clinical officer in Malawian central and district hospitals for 12 years during which she coordinated reproductive health services and quality improvement programs at Mzuzu Central Hospital and attained a shield of excellency for quality reproductive health services for the hospital. In her capacity, she acted as Deputy District Health Officer for Mzimba North District where she supervised all clinical and other allied health care services. Her passion is in research and public health, student feedback and welfare as well as physician associates global visibility.
Treasurer: Dana Sayre-Stanhope;
Dana Sayre-Stanhope is one of the four founding Trustees of the IAPAE and is an accreditation and curriculum consultant to physician assistant programs in the US. As a professor at Emory University School of Medicine, she directed the PA programme and its post-graduate offerings for the Physician Assistant Division. Over the course of her career she has directed four graduate physician assistant programmes and founded two. She has served as the Chair of the Accreditation Review Commission for PA (ARC-PA), as the President of the Physician Assistant Education Association, as the founding President and Chair of the International Academy of Physician Associate Educators and currently serves as the Treasurer. She holds a Doctor of Education degree and is a graduate of the Child Health Associate-PA programme at the University of Colorado.
Director of Communications- Sanele Ngcobo
Mr. Sanele Ngcobo was among the 1st group of Clinical Associates to graduate at University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa in 2011. He was than seconded by KwaZulu Natal Department of Health (KZN DOH) to work for University of Pretoria as a Junior Lecture for Clinical Associates students. He is also serving as a head of Academics for Professional Associate of Clinical Associate in South Africa (PACASA). Sanele is also a KZN Clinical Associate coordinator. He has completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Public health, a Masters in Public Health and currently completing his PhD at University of Pretoria.
Director at Large: UK/Europe – Phil Begg
Professor Phil Begg is one of the four original Founding Trustees of IAPAE. Phil has been a clinician for almost 40 years; his main clinical interest is audiological and vestibular medicine. He has a vibrant clinical practice in the West Midlands of the United Kingdom. He leads a research team currently working on a £1.5 million NIHR funded study developing a totally implantable cochlear implant, his research was recently featured in a BBC documentary ‘Surgeons at the edge of life’. He is a lifelong educator, and has held a variety of academic appointments including past Associate Dean at the University of Wolverhampton, where he developed the very first PA programme in the UK in 2004. He is proud to hold an academic position as full visiting professor at the University of Kentucky (USA), along with honorary positions at the Universities of Birmingham (UK) medical school and Brunel (UK) in medical robotics. Phil has been part of the small group of dedicated educators and practitioners that have led the development of the Physician Associate in the UK over the past 15 years. He is also an Executive Director at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham Europe’s largest single specialist hospital for orthopaedics and a national center for Orthopaedic oncology. His PhD is in medical education and he has assisted international development of new PA programmes, he is currently working with colleagues in Switzerland to introduce the PA concept into the Swiss medical system. He is a past President of IAPAE and the UK & Ireland Board for PA Education.
Director at Large: USA/India by proxy – Somu Chatterjee
Dr. Chatterjee is faculty at the University of Kentucky (UK) Physician Assistant Studies Program. Prior to joining UK, he completed his medical education in India and Master’s degree in Public Health from West Virginia University. He worked as a regional infectious disease epidemiologist in West Virginia for many years, engaging with the local population to investigate various outbreaks with the state and CDC.
At the UKPAS program, he is the Senior Clinical Coordinator for the PA clinical experiences and oversees the clinical year administration. He is the course director for Family Medicine and Internal Medicine clerkships for the Physician Assistant students. He has mentored students for research, national presentations and publications. He has been a recipient of grants and has received University of Kentucky, College of Education’s “Teacher who made a difference” award nominated by PA students. Dr Chatterjee engages with PA educators around the world. He is an active member of Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), American Medical Association (AMA) and American College of Physicians (ACP). Dr. Chatterjee’s primary interests include innovation in medical education, public health services research, epidemiology of clinical research, and innovative models of healthcare delivery for cost effectiveness and improved outcomes.
Director at Large: East Africa – Reuben Waswa
Reuben Waswa is currently the Managing Director of North Coast Medical Training College (NCMTC) in Kenya, a college dedicated to training primary healthcare workers using a community embedment strategy. He is also a founding trustee of Community Health Promotion Kenya, an organization that supports community healthcare projects, specifically healthcare training and community health related research. He originally trained as general Clinical Officer (1990) and later specialized in Anaesthesia (1996). He later trained in Multimedia in Education in Okinawa Japan (2001); Journalism – specializing in Development Communication (2009); and Mastered in Project Planning and Management (2011) (University of Nairobi). He has been a trainer of Clinical Officers in Kenya since 1994. He headed the department of Anaesthesia at the Kenya Medical Training College for five years; managed a project that introduced Skills lab Training Methodology in Kenya for 10 years, before joining hands with other Directors to start NCMTC.
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.