James F. Cawley, MPH, PA-C, DHL (hon) is a scholar, educator and professional leader whose research interests has focused on the physician assistant (PA) profession. Cawley is Professor and past Chair of the Department of Prevention and Community Health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Director of the Physician Assistant/Master of Public Health Program, and Professor of Physician Assistant Studies in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at The George Washington University. The dual-degree Physician Assistant/M.P.H. program, which he founded, was the first of its type in the United States. In addition to co-authoring four books on PAs, he has published extensively in the areas of preventive medicine, non-physician health providers and health workforce policy. Cawley has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles published in such journals as Journal of Health Services and Research Policy, Health Affairs, Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Academic Medicine, and British Medical Journal. As an editor and columnist, he has authored more than 250 columns over the past 25 years and his commentaries have been timely, informative and challenging.
A certified physician assistant for over 40 years, he practiced as a PA in primary care at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, earned his MPH in infectious disease epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and has held faculty appointments in the PA programs at Johns Hopkins, SUNY@ Stony Brook, and Yale University School of Medicine. In 1988, he was a fellow in the Epidemiology Program Office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has presented on many occasions to state and national audiences of PAs, public health practitioners, and the public. He is co-author of Physician Assistants in a Changing Health Care Environment, and with Roderick S. Hooker of Physician Assistants: Policy and Practice, 4rd Edition He is a former Chair of the Research Advisory Workgroup of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, served as a Senior Research Fellow at AAPA, and in 2011 received the prestigious Eugene A. Stead Award of Achievement by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). This award of excellence focused on his pivotal role in moving the PA field forward throughout his distinguish career. He served as President of the Physician Assistant Education Association in 2003 and currently serves as President of the PA Foundation. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.