Physician Assistants Week Celebrated with PAs & Byrne

Posted: October 12, 2022 in Health
Pictured Left to Right: Lisa Girardin (Manager, Surgical PA Services at Putnam Hospital), Cara LaVecchia (PA Student, Marist College), Inessa Shlifer (Surgical PA at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital & NYSSPA Catskills & Lower Hudson Valley District Director), Maureen Regan (NYSSPA Past President), Kevin Byrne (R,C,Ref – Mahopac), Dr. Keyun Ajbani (VPMA, Putnam Hospital), Raechel Bayuzich (PA, Vassar Brothers Medical Center), Juliana Graves (PA, Putnam Hospital), Elyse Bischof (PA, Putnam Hospital)

Carmel, NY / Wednesday, October, 12, 2022 – Joined by physician assistants, doctors and administrative staff from Putnam Hospital, Nuvance Health, Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Marist College’s PA program and the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, Assemblyman Kevin Byrne presented a special legislative resolution he passed in Albany to proclaim October 6-12 as Physician Assistant Week in the State of New York. On hand to receive the resolution were Vice President of Medical Affairs Dr. Keyur Ajbani, Past NYSSPA President Maureen Regan, and several physician assistants from numerous hospitals.

In conjunction with National Physician Assistant Week which occurs annually from October 6-12, New York State’s Physician Assistant Week is an opportunity to encourage awareness and visibility of the profession as PAs play a critical role in a wide variety of medical settings. There are over 110,000 PAs practicing in the United States with about one-third of them being in primary care and two-thirds in specialty care.

“It is important to raise awareness for our amazing health care workers and recognize all the incredible work that they do,” said Byrne. “Our wonderful Physician Assistants perform their duties in all sorts of medical settings. They are incredibly important, and I understand and fully appreciate how much work and dedication goes into the job. Thank you to all our amazing PAs and healthcare workers.”

“This is a great day, and this has been a great week. A week is probably not enough time to say thank you for all the work that our PAs do – especially after the last two-and-a-half years,” said Dr. Keyur Ajbani, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Putnam Hospital/Nuvance Health. “Thank you to Assemblyman Byrne and his colleagues for helping to recognize all the work that our great Physician Assistants do.”

“Thank you, Assemblyman Byrne. You have always been very supportive of the profession, so I do want to thank you and your colleagues in the legislature for recognizing PA week every year” said Maureen Regan, Past NYSSPA President. “It has been very tough the last two-and-a-half years dealing with this novel virus, and your support and acknowledgement of the profession is integral in creating access to care.”

A link to the full presentation may be viewed on YouTube below:

A link to the resolution can be found at:

The above information was previously distributed and made public for immediate release by the Office of Assemblyman Kevin Byrne