SITKA - The Alaska Academy of Physician Assistants at its October meeting in Anchorage honored Steve Gage, of Sitka, with its Physician Assistant of the Year Award for 2008.
Gage currently serves as the Assistant Medical Director for SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Community Health Services. Before that he was the Community Health Aide Program Director for SEARHC.
In a release about the award, the AKAPA said "Steve is known for his dedication to his patients, the community, the PA profession and colleagues. For his hard work and exemplary service, Steve Gage was awarded the 2008 PA of the Year."
"I am honored by this award," Gage said. "The recognition by my Alaska professional association membership, which I greatly respect, means a great deal to me."
Gage earned his Physician Assistant certification from the University of Washington's MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies program and has practiced in Alaska for 28 years, the last 18 in Sitka. He also served on the AKAPA Board of Directors for five years, and spent one year as president of the organization. In 1995, Gage was awarded a Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence, which is given to MEDEX faculty and adjunct faculty by students in the program. In 2006, he was the MEDEX Alumnus of the Year.