Tom Godkins, PA, MPH

(January 5, 1944 - 2010)

Class of 1969 
Induction: 2007


Tom GodkinsTom Godkins was a 1969 graduate of the Duke Physician Assistant Program. He received a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Oklahoma following undergraduate work at Youngstown, Duke, and Oklahoma. He was the first PA to be employed by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and their first formally trained PA to be placed in a satellite clinic. He served on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) for 35 years; 10 years as Associate Director of the PA Program and 25 years with the central administration as Assistant Provost, Director of Capital Planning, and Associate Vice President. He practiced clinically for 15 years, at Mayo Clinic and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Prior to his retirement from the University, he was responsible for campus master planning and $350 million in construction projects which involved special projects for the President of the University and the Senior Vice President and Provost of the Health Sciences Center. While in University administration, he continued to serve on the PA Program Admissions Committee and taught the history of the PA profession.

Tom Godkins’s served twice as President of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (1972-1973; 1975-1976) and was the first non-physician President (1979-1980) of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (now the Physician Assistant Education Association). He was a Founding Member and Fellow of the AAPA and served as the first Newsletter Editor. He has also served on the AAPA Continuing Education Committee, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and Panel of Consultants of the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation. He has testified regarding physician assistants to Congress and the National Health Insurance Advisory Committee. In recognition of his many contributions, the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants in collaboration with the University of Oklahoma Physician Associate Program established an endowed Annual PA Student Scholarship Award in his name.