As a pioneer in her field, Professor Ruth Ballweg was one of the first physician assistants to receive formal training in southern Oregon (info from pahx.org). Attributing her success to her family, her mentors, and her various colleagues over the years, Ms. Ballweg began her career in 1978 after graduating from the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program at the University of Washington. Academically, she holds a Bachelor of Science in sociology and a Bachelor of Arts, both from Southern Oregon University. She became the director of the physician assistant program at MEDEX from 1985 to 2014, and is now Professor Emeritus at the institution. During this tenure, she received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington in 1997, as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws from Barry University in 1999. Ms. Ballweg is also licensed by the State Board of Medical Examiners in Oregon and Washington; and she is certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.
Still active in her field, Ms. Ballweg is currently a member of the editorial board of “Physician Assistant” and has sat on various other editorial boards, and continuously contributes articles to professional journals in the field. Previously, she also edited and contributed to the first American textbook used for physician assistant training (info from pahx.org). In addition, Ms. Ballweg served as the director of international affairs for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants from 2004 to 2018, where she was able to promote the development of the physician assistant profession to governments and institutions in places such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Australia, Ghana, and China (info from pahx.org). Throughout her career, Ms. Ballweg has been most proud of the awards her hard work has afforded her. In her spare time outside of work, she enjoys reading, history, and cross cultural travel.
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