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Catalog Number AC2015-003
Collection Kenneth Ferrell Papers, 1968-1989
Title Kenneth Ferrell Papers, 1968-1989
Scope & Content Contains the papers of Kenneth "Ken" F. Ferrell was one of the first PAs to be trained in the United States. He was one of the founding members of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA).

Types of materials include early editions of bylaws, brochures, certificates and newsletters of the AAPA and NCAPA; correspondence, newsletter clippings, manuscripts and reprints.

The collection also contains two photographs of Ferrell taken by a photographer from Life Magazine in 1966.
Admin/Biographical History Kenneth (Ken) Ferrell has the distinction of being one of the first physician assistants (PAs) to be educated and to work in the United States. He graduated from Duke University on October 6, 1967 along with two other individuals, Richard Scheele and Victor Germino, all former US Navy hospital corpsmen. He was a founding member and fellow of the AAPA and chaired the organizations Ethics Committee.

Ferrell remained at Duke after he graduated the PA program in 1967. He worked clinically for twenty years with pulmonary and allergy specialist Herbert O. Sieker, MD in the Department of Medicine at Duke. He left clinical practice to become an administrative manager with Duke's Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC). Over time, he became an expert in the analyst of reimbursement, coding and compliance regulations - vital to revenue and billing operations. He also served as the clinic's medical auditor. On October 8, 2007 he was honored at the unveiling of a commemorative plaque placed in Baker House, Duke South, in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the graduation of the first class of PAs at Duke. He was inducted into the Duke PA Program's Alumni Hall of Fame in 2009.
Creator Kenneth Ferrell
Copyrights Copyright for the Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History records is held by the Society; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Kenneth Ferrell Papers, Society for Preservation of Physician
Assistant History, Johns Creek, GA, USA
Search Terms Physician Assistant History
American Academy of Physician Assistants
North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants
Hospital Corpsmen
Kenneth Ferrell
Richard Scheele
Duke University
Year Range from 1968
Year Range to 1989
Containers American Association of Physician's Assistants Newsletters
Articles on Physician Assistant Feasibility and Productivity
Brochures and Pamphlets
Conference on the Current Status and Development of the PA
Fact Sheets on PAs
"Heartbeat of the Duke Medical University Center" Newsletter vol. 3, no. 7
Photographs and Certificates
Reports Pertaining to PA Education and Utilization
North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants Correspondence and Bylaws
North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants Committees
North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants Newsletters
North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants Membership Information Packet