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Physician Assistant Section

Physician assistants (PAs) are healthcare professionals who practice medicine with physician supervision.

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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, RRT, PA-C, MBA, MHS, FCCM
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center
Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Term: 2020 - 2022

David L. Carpenter, PA-C, MPAS, DFAAPA, FCCM
Emory University 
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Term: 2020 - 2022
Christopher D. Newman, MBA, PA-C, FCCM
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, Colorado, USA
Term: 2020 - 2022

Past Chair
Ash Seth, MMBA, PA-C, FCCM
St. Francis Hospital – The Heart Center
Roslyn, New York, USA
Term: 2020 - 2022

Members at-Large
Robert G. Baeten, MS, PA-C, DMSc 
Piedmont Heart Institute
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Term: 2020 - 2022
Mia Malin, MHS, PA-C
Erlanger Medical Center 
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA    
Term: 2021 - 2023

Brandon Oto, PA-C
Term: 2021 - 2023
Kathleen P. Thompson, MS, PA-C
Baylor College of Medicine
Texas Children’s Hospital 
Houston, Texas, USA
Term: 2020 – 2022
Council Liaison
Lauren R. Sorce, PhD, RN, CPNP-AC/PC, FCCM
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA