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VAPA Awards

Physician Assistant of the Year

Kathleen Scarbalis, PA-C

Kathleen Scarbalis graduated from the Albany Medical School PA Program in 1981. She began working in her current role in Pediatric Oncology at Pediatric Specialists of Virginia in 2006 where she has been a strong and consistent patient advocate. Since moving to Virginia, Kathy has been an active member of VAPA, serving as President from 2012-2014 and CME Committee Chair for several years. She has also been instrumental in maintaining a relationship with MSV, where she serves as a board member. Kathy has worked tirelessly on legislative and regulatory changes for PAs and is an advocate for the profession and for all Virginia PAs.

PA Student of the Year

Mia McDonald, PA-S

As a first year PA student, Mia has already accomplished more than most students in their second year and as much as many practicing PAs. As the president of the Captain Sean Grimes PA Student Society, she has led the class through a very successful year with many accomplishments and projects. While maintaining an A average, she has been selected as an Assistant Editor of First Rounds, the student section of AAPA’s PA magazine. She has also been selected as a Student Leadership Fellow for the AAPA LGBT PA caucus for the year. She is one of the most competent and caring PA students to come through the JCHS PA program.

Preceptor of the Year

Heather Condon, PA-C

Heather takes time out of her busy schedule to precept students and well as teaches classes at GWU. She is passionate about patient care and teaching. Heather takes her students to VAPA meetings to help encourage leadership and involvement in PA organizations. She challenges her students to think of the patient as a ‘whole’. The collaborate relationship she has with her physicians makes her a great role model for students showing how practices can benefit from teamwork.

PA/Physician Partnership of the Year

Megan Russell, PA-C & Neil Zemmell, MD

Neil Zemmell, MD and Megan Russell, PA-C began working together 2 years ago at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery and in that time they have formed an impressive and dynamic partnership. They work together with fluidity in the OR and the office to maxmize patient outcomes and efficiency. They respect each other’s opinions and come together to make the best medical decisions for their patients. One patient wrote “Megan and Dr. Zemmel represent the ‘A-Team’ in its greatest form!”

Updated: August 15, 2016