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Kathy Pedersen Retires from PA Program

The University of Utah takes immense pride in announcing the retirement of Kathy Pedersen, MPAS, PA-C, DHL (hon), from the Utah Physician Assistant Program in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. In recognition of her unparalleled contributions and dedication, the University is also bestowing upon her the distinguished title of Associate Professor Emeritus.

Kathy Pedersen has devoted her greater than 40 year career to enhancing Global Health and raising awareness of the Physician Assistant (PA) profession. Her mission has been to elevate the visibility of PAs, innovate with academia, and engage with global partners to integrate PA-like providers in various settings worldwide. Her aim has been steadfast: to diminish inequity and expand access to healthcare.

Throughout her career, Kathy has been a fervent advocate for education and mentorship. Her work has transcended national boundaries, featuring in national presentations and involving extensive volunteerism in PA organizations, international outreach, and board service with the Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC) and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). She was feature editor for Global Perspectives for the Journal of PA Educators and is currently the department editor for Global Insights for the Journal of the Academy of PAs.

Kathy’s commitment to the PA profession and global health initiatives has left an indelible mark on the University of Utah and the broader medical community. Her efforts to nurture the next generation of healthcare providers and her dedication to creating equitable healthcare access globally are her enduring legacy.

The University of Utah expresses its deepest gratitude to Kathy Pedersen for her years of service, leadership, and inspiration. Her legacy will continue to influence the Utah Physician Assistant Program and the global health community for years to come.

Kathy Pedersen