Class of 1967
Kenneth Ferrell was one of the first three graduates of the Duke Physician Assistant Program, earning the certificate of completion in 1967. At 21, he was the youngest member of the inaugural cohort. A graduate of the United States navy Hospital Corps School, he served in the United States Navy from 1963 to 1965, when he entered the PA Program. After practicing clinically for twenty years with pulmonary and allergy specialist Herbert O. Sieker, MD in the Department of Medicine at Duke, he ventured into new territory as an administrative manager with Duke’s Private Diagnostic Clinic. Since joining the PDC, he has served as a manager and analyst in the areas of reimbursement, coding and compliance, revenue and billing, and as a medical auditor. He has been recognized in several venues as one of the first PAs in the nation. 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.