Family Practice with Dr. David E. Bright
Class of 1981
Ms. Mary P. Ettari received her associate degree and registered nurse certificate (1972) from Lasell Junior College, Auburndale, MA (1972) and her BA in liberal arts (1979) form New England College, Henniker, NH. Prior to becoming a PA (BHS from Duke in 1981), she served as a registered nurse in both inpatient and outpatient settings in New Orleans, LA and in Hanover, NH. As a student at Duke, Ms. Ettari was an active member of the Stead Society and showed an early interest in professional health care issues.
After graduation, Ms. Ettari returned to Louisiana, and then to Florida to work in orthopedic surgery until she moved to Washington, DC to become academic coordinator of the George Washington University PA Program in 1987. While at George Washington University, she obtained her Masters Degree in Public Health majoring in administration. The MPH degree lead to several administrative and clinical positions with various environmental and occupational health care corporations and health systems in Florida.
With her extensive clinical, academic and administrative experiences, Ms. Ettari has chaired or served as a member of various health professional committees and advisory boards exploring legislative and regulatory issues, how to measure professional competency and excellence in health care, and how to streamline organizational policy and decision making procedures. Ms. Ettari has written clinical articles for publication in the PA literature and presented continuing medical education sessions at many PA and medical organization conferences.
She is a past president of the Florida and Louisiana Academies of Physician Assistants and has repeatedly served as a representative to the AAPA House of Delegates. Nationally, Ms. Ettari has been a member-at-large and secretary of the AAPA Board of Directors, Secretary and First Vice Speaker of the AAPA House of Delegates, and member of the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistant's (NCCPA) Committee on Eligibility and Due Process. Currently she is a member of the Florida PA Foundation and the American Academy Physician Assistant Foundation Board of Trustees.
In 2001, Ms. Ettari received the AAPA House of Delegates' Outstanding Service Award and the Florida Academy's Bob Scully PA of the Year Award for meritorious achievement. She was recognized by the Duke University PA Program as Alumnus of the Year in 2002 for her tireless dedication to the professional growth and recognition of PAs in Florida and the United States.