Carl Fasser, professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences, the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Center for Medical Ethics and Public Policy, announced that he will step down as director of the Physician Assistant Program at Baylor College of Medicine as of July 1, 2018.
He will continue in an advisory role for the program.
“We are grateful to Mr. Fasser for his contributions not only to the Physician Assistant Program at Baylor College of Medicine, but also to the field of healthcare and physician assistant studies as a whole,” said Dr. Robert McLaughlin, dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences. “It goes without saying that he has shaped our program into what it is now, one of the top 15 programs across the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. We appreciate his continued guidance in the program in his advisory role.”
Fasser joined the Baylor College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program in 1971 and was instrumental in bringing a community-oriented primary care focus to the Program’s curriculum. He then served the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences as founding dean of the School of Health Sciences and chairman of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, before rejoining the faculty at Baylor in 2002.
He served as a founding member of both the American Academy of Physician Assistants as well as the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants. He served as president of the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants and twice as president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Fasser has been recognized for his contributions to the field through many awards, including the American Academy of Physician Assistants Founder’s Award, Physician Assistant Education Association Master Faculty Award, Baylor’s Fulbright & Jaworski Faculty Excellence Award for Educational Leadership, Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson Presidential Award for Excellence in Education, the Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award, and the J David Holcomb Award for Sustained Leadership in Allied Health Education. He also was inducted into the Duke PA Program Hall of Fame as a distinguished alumnus.
Before he entered the Physician Assistant Program at Duke University Medical Center, he served as a medical corpsman in the Air Force and worked as a dialysis technician. Upon graduation, he served as the academic coordinator for Duke’s program while practicing as a physician assistant in the community.