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Physician Assistant Section

Guidelines for Governance

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Physician assistants (PAs) are healthcare professionals who practice medicine with physician supervision. They are authorized to practice via state licensure or credentialing by a federal employer. A PA in critical care works with a certified intensivist or a physician with equivalent qualifications and experience in ICU care. Within the scope of applicable state law, policies of the institution, and delegation from the supervising physician, the PA is allowed  to perform diagnostic and therapeutic interventions without the physical presence of the supervising physician, who is always available by beeper or phone call. The mission of the PA in critical care medicine is to provide continuity of patient care. The PA acts as a liaison between the primary physicians, attendings, house staff, and nursing staff to ensure the necessary communication and the implementation of coordinated patient care.

The Physician Assistant Section aim to: 
  • Provide a common link between PAs who practice and are deeply committed to critical care medicine. 
  • Further education and foster the interdisciplinary practice of critical care medicine by PAs 
  • Advise the Society on matters pertaining to PAs and the practice of multiprofessional critical care medicine

Section Officers


Peter S. Sandor, MS, RRT, PA-C, MHS, FCCM
Term: 2019 - 2021

David L. Carpenter, PA-C, FCCM
Term: 2019 - 2021

Christopher Newman, MBA, PA-C, FCCM
Term: 2019 - 2021

Past Chair
Ashish Seth, MBA, PA-C, FCCM
Term: 2021 - 2023
Members at-Large
Aimee M. Abide, PA-C, MMSc
Term: 2019 - 2021

Robert G. Baeten, MS, PA-C, DMSc 
Term: 2020 - 2022
David Shane Harper, PA-C. DMSc, DFAAPA
Term: 2019 - 2021
Kathleen P. Thompson, MS, PA-C
Term: 2020 – 2022
Council Liaison
Lauren R. Sorce, CCRN, MSN, FCCM