Welcome to the GW PA Program

Dr. Karen Wright addresses graduates at Convocation

As program director of the Physician Assistant Program, I would like to welcome you to our website and to the program. After visiting the pages, I hope you will come away with an understanding about what makes our program special and why it is recognized as one of the best in the United States. We value your feedback, so you are welcome to reach out to me if you have any questions.

- Dr. Karen A. Wright PhD, PA-C, PA Program Director, kawright@gwu.edu, 202-994-7644


Housed within the Department of PA Studies, the Physician Assistant Program educates students to be outstanding PAs with strong foundations in primary care and public health. With proximity to the United States Congress, the White House, and many major medical professional organizations, the program provides an unique opportunity to witness the democratic process and observe its effect on healthcare policies and delivery in the United States.


The George Washington University Physician Assistant Program's mission is to prepare physician assistants who demonstrate clinical excellence; embrace diversity, equity and inclusion; advocate for their patients; lead and advance the profession; and serve their communities.


The George Washington University Physician Assistant Program will be a preeminent leader in physician assistant education. Through shared transformative experiences and discovery, our students, alumni, and faculty will emerge as leaders committed to health equity and quality care for all.