Cardiovascular Physicians of North Atlanta
Class of 1978
Ed Gaile began his career like other sentinel members of the PA profession, as a hospital corpsman in the U.S. Military Services during the Vietnam era. After military service, he graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Government Studies and eventually from the Duke University Physician Assistant Program (BHS). Mr. Gaile entered practice in 1978 in association with a Professor of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine. Since that time, he has practiced clinical cardiology in Atlanta, Georgia with experience in general cardiology, critical care and transplant medicine.
Mr. Gaile first became involved in the PA profession as president of the Eugene Stead Student Society and delegate from the Duke program to the American Academy of Physician Assistants’ House of Delegates. As a leader in the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, he was instrumental in the early development of practice definitions and professional representation at the state legislature and Board of Medical Examiners. After successfully shepherding enabling legislation to secure PA representation on the Medical Board, Mr. Gaile served as one of the first members of the PA Advisory Committee and was elected as the first non-physician ex officio member of the Board, a position from which he helped define and improve the delivery of medical services to the citizens of Georgia. Over the years, he has served the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants in many capacities: president, secretary, chairman of various committees, and legislative representative to Georgia General Assembly, and member of the Senate Select Committee on Regulation of PAs. To address national professional concerns, Mr. Gaile has served as a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants’ House of Delegates, and served extended terms on the Professional Certification Committee, including a 5 year appointment as committee chairman, Judicial Affairs Committee, and the PA Foundation Scholarship Committee. Appointment as liaison representative to the American College of Cardiology brought acclaim to the Academy and the profession, as Mr. Gaile was the first PA to participate in the College’s annual policy research conference resulting in a strong advocacy statement for physician assistant inclusion in future personnel needs for cardiovascular health care in America. During his 9-year service as NCCPA commissioner and member of the Board of Directors, he served as Treasurer and on many internal affairs committees, and was instrumental in producing rational, balanced resolution of conflict during a period of significant organizational and philosophical restructuring. As an advocate for PA education, he has supported the PA Foundation and provided rotational experience for numerous PA students. He is a contributing author in cardiology to The Physician Assistant Medical Handbook and the Bethesda Conference of the American College of Cardiology. He remains staunchly enthusiastic about the PA role in medical and community affairs, highlighted by numerous appointments to local hospital committees and participation in community health education projects.
Mr. Gaile has received many awards and certificates of appreciation including the 1978 Richard J. Scheele Memorial Award for outstanding scholastic and clinical achievement from the Duke University Physician Assistant Program, 1986 President’s Award from the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants, and the 2001 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Duke University Physician Assistant Program.