William D. Stanhope, MPAS, PA-C

Associate Director, Special Projects

Institute for Bio-security
St. Louis University 
St. Louis, Missouri

Class of 1969 
Induction: 2002


Mr. Stanhope served for three years in the Army as a surgical technician at Fort Dix, NJ and the Landstuhl Army Medical Center prior to entering the Duke PA program. During his tenure as a PA student he organized the first student group, which became the Stead society and was the Founding President of the American Academy of Physician Assistants where he served two terms. Subsequently he served the Academy for two terms as the Secretary (1972 - 1974).

Immediately after his 1969 graduation, he began his academic career as an Instructor at the Alderson Broaddus College PA Program where he completed his baccalaureate degree. Two years later he joined the University of Oklahoma to become the first PA to hold the position of program director and the first PA to earn the rank of tenured Associate Professor at a major medical school where he remained for thirteen years. He served as one of the PA representatives on the National Board of Medical Examiners Steering Committee as it developed the first set of national examinations for PA's and was instrumental in the evolution of the NCCPA. In 1979 he became the first and, to date, only PA selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow.

Upon completion of his year as a member of the Congressional staff he established the Occupational Medicine/Industrial Hygiene program, one of the first post-graduate programs for PA's. In 1984, Mr. Stanhope left Oklahoma for New York where he completed the PA surgical residency at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. He subsequently returned to academics and assumed the directorship at the Harlem Hospital PA program where he remained for eight years. The culmination of his career in academic administration was his tenure at Touro University, Mare Island where he established a combined PA/MPH program and served as the Acting Dean of the School of Health Sciences. Currently he is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Center for the Institute for Bio-security at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health

Clinically he has pursued a life-long interest in the management of spine problems and chronic pain. He developed and ran an orthopedic spine clinic at the Oklahoma City VA hospital earning a clinical associate professorship in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He was the director of a comprehensive neurosurgical spine service at Montefiore Hospital and practiced as a surgical PA in neurosurgery in the San Francisco Bay area.

He has been the recipient of many national honors including the Duke Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1995, the Veteran's Caucus Award and in recognition of his contributions to the PA community in Oklahoma the Dean of the Medical School endowed a scholarship in his name. His academic interests have focused on the challenges of increasing minority representation in the profession, issues associated with incorporating international medical graduates in the profession and competency based education. His clinical interests have focused on the problems of infection control, acquired and degenerative diseases of the spine and chronic pain.