Barry A. Cassidy, PhD, PA

Executive Director

Arizona Medical Board
Scottsdale, AZ

Class of 1971 
Induction: 2003


Barry CassidyBarry A. Cassidy is a graduate of Duke PA Program, Excelsior College (B.S.), The University of The State of New York, Albany, New York and Union Institute and University (Ph.D. in Bioethics and Health Care Sciences) in Cincinnati, Ohio. In July, 2002, Dr. Cassidy was appointed Executive Director of the Arizona Medical Board, the first time a physician assistant has been named Executive Director of any State medical board. Prior to this position, Dr. Cassidy served as Chair of the Arizona Joint Board on the Regulation of Physician Assistants and concurrently held the position of Professor, Associate Dean and founding Director of the Physician Assistant Program of the College of Health Sciences at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. Before moving to Arizona, he was Director of Clinical Services and Executive Vice President of Park Medical Center and Southern Emergency Medical Associates in Research Triangle Park, NC.

As the first physician assistant in the State of Illinois, Dr. Cassidy worked closely with the Illinois Hospital Association to establish guidelines for physician assistant practice in the hospital setting. He served on the Governor’s Health Licensure Commission for the State of Illinois and was a member of the Advisory Panel of the National Board of Medical Examiners, which developed the national certifying examination for physician assistants. He has also served as Vice President of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and has held numerous positions in the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants. Dr. Cassidy has chaired numerous academic, bioethics and institutional research review committees and holds a patent for a catheter system connector. Additionally, he has authored numerous publications and has a distinguished record of professional presentations. In 1998, Dr. Cassidy received Midwestern University’s Gold Standard Award, given by the President of the University to a faculty member exemplifying excellence in leadership and mentoring.