Utah Academy of Physician Assistants

UAPA annual awards

Posted almost 2 years ago by Bradley Pace

UAPA award recipients 2018

At the 29th John Allen annual UAPA CME held in St. George, Utah , the UAPA presented it's annual awards to the following outstanding individuals. 

Tim McCreary (Humanitarian PA of the Year):

Tim is an outstanding PA who works in family medicine with the Indian Health Service in Ft. Duschene.   In addition to caring for underserved rural populations everyday, Tim is involved with the US Public Health Service and serves when needed in disasters.   He was recently deployed to Puerto Rico last October where he helped to set up Federal Medical Stations and care for patients who needed evacuation from hospitals or nursing homes.   Tim traveled by road and helicopter to search for the most vulnerable patients and helped provide aid to thousands displaced after the hurricane.   Tim truly exemplifies what it means to be a humanitarian and it is our honor to present him with this year’s Humanitarian PA of the Year award


Lowell Morris (Rural PA of the Year):

Lowell is currently a full-time PA in Castledale, Utah working at Emery Medical Center.   He gradated as an athletic trainer from BYU and worked for the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a PA and working for 14 years in Emery County.   Lowell lives a life of service and has dedicated countless hours of service to the youth in Emery County through church activities, Little League basketball and as a 4-H mentor.   Lowell was a volunteer firefighter for 10 years and has been part of the Emery County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue for the past 11 years currently serving as their Medical Training Officer.  Lowell realized there was a lack of available resources which promoted wellness in the workplace and in 2004 he created and launched an occupational medicine service line named WorkPoint.   Today he continues to see patients in his rural community where he is loved by all and has an impeccable focus on quality and compassionate care.


Scott Frischknecht (President's Award): 

Scott Frischknecht graduated from the United States Military Physician Assistant Program in 1983. He practiced emergency medicine and family practice for several years, but has been in a busy orthopedic practice in Utah for the past 26 years.  Scott was also a longtime instructor at the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program and was named the “Instructor of the year” no less than twelve times. That annual award was eventually given his name. In his professional life, he was appointed by the Governor of Utah as the Chair of the State of Utah Physician Assistant Licensing Board. He has also chaired the Government Affairs and Reimbursement Committee, and the Political Action Committee for the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Scott is a veteran of the first Gulf War, and served in the Army and Reserve for 24 years. He speaks at many local and national conferences every year. He and his wife, Kaye, have four children and four grandchildren. They enjoy skiing, golfing, travelling, and family activities.

Kathy Pedersen, PA-C, lifetime service award  and Dave Keahey, PA-C, the Don Pedersen Leadership award.

These two have made a substantial impact on the PA profession in mentoring and helping orchestrate  the legislative affairs to practice as a PA in this state. 

John Barrett (MD of the Year):

Dr. Barrett received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1992 and is board certified in Family Medicine.   Dr. Barrett was the medical director of University of Utah Urgent Care until earlier this year when he became the Executive Medical Director of the University of Utah Community Physicians Group.  Dr. Barrett is a tremendous advocate for PAs within the University of Utah system.   Not only does he encourage employment of PAs within the University of Utah, he uses them productively and effectively.   He also teaches for the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program.   Dr. Barrett hopes to continue advocacy for PAs in his new role at CPG.

On behalf of the UAPA , we congratulate this years recipients and their hard work in the PA community ,and welcome nominations for next year.  Please feel free to submit yoru nominations to utahapa.info@gmail.com


Lowell Morris , Rural PA of the year

President's Award