Founder of University of Nebraska PA Program Retires
Jesse Edwards, MS retired this past fall after a 40+ year career at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Mr. Edwards created the Nebraska PA concept and educational program in the early 1970s. He began his tenure at the Medical Center after a successful two decade career in the Air Force. His first positions were as the Administrative Associate for the Department of Pediatrics and then Assistant to the Dean for Business Affairs. As Associate Director and Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Education he not only developed the educational program and provided components of the curriculum, but also successfully sought the support of the physician and lay communities. His development of the Masters of Physician Assistant Education and affiliation with the USAF of Health Care Sciences Physician Assistant Program afforded students the opportunity to achieve PA credentials throughout the country and abroad. He consulted with several states and the Canadian Military Physician Assistant Program regarding PA education and recognition. Mr. Edwards was responsible for significant monetary grants and contracts awarded to the Medical Center. He held several leadership roles in the Association of Physician Assistant Programs, assuming the presidency in 1988. He has been honored and given several awards by many for his dedication to the profession. The Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants is especially indebted to his vision, endeavors on our behalf and sage advice over the years. We wish him well.
Mr. Edwards may be contacted through UNMC’s PA Program, 984300 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha 68198-4300.