James F. Cawley is a Professor of the Department of Prevention and Community Health. He is also a Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at GW's School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Professor Cawley and the physician assistant (PA) profession have grown up together. For 42 years he has worked as a certified practitioner in primary care, an educator, a scholar and a leader, playing a pivotal role in moving his field forward. Professor Cawley has co-authored five books on PAs and published extensively in the areas of the PA profession, primary care preventive medicine, non-physician health providers and health workforce policy. Cawley has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles published in such journals as Journal of Health Services and Research Policy, Health Affairs, Annals of Internal Medicine, the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Academic Medicine, and British Medical Journal. A certified physician assistant for over 40 years, he practiced as a PA in primary care at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, earned his MPH in infectious disease epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and has held faculty appointments in the PA programs at Johns Hopkins, Stony Brook University, and Yale University School of Medicine. He is a former Chair of the Research Advisory Workgroup of the AAPA and in 2011 received the prestigious Eugene A. Stead Award of Achievement from the AAPA. Cawley has also served as Senior Research Fellow at the American Academy of Physician Assistants. In 2013, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
He is director of the School's joint Physician Assistant/MPH program, which he founded and which was the first of its type in the US, training individuals for careers that bridge clinical practice and prevention. At the invitation of the U.S. Bureau of Health Professions, he chaired the Advisory Group on Physician Assistants and the Work Force in 1993, and was principal author of its report to the Council on Graduate Medical Education.
Professor Cawley also served as a member of the U.S. Public Health Service National Coordinating Committee on Clinical Preventive Services (1989-95) and the federal Advisory Committee for Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. He is co-author of Physician Assistants in a Changing Health Care Environment, and of Physician Assistants: Policy and Practice, 3rd Edition published in 2010. Cawley has authored more than 85 peer-reviewed papers in the biomedical literature on topics spanning the PA profession, primary care and the health workforce, health workforce policy, preventive medicine, health promotion, health care delivery, and infectious disease epidemiology.
He is a Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA, was a Primary Care Health Policy Fellow in the Health Resources and Services Administration, and is a past president of the Physician Assistant Education Association and the PA Foundation.
Spetz, J., Cawley, J.F., Schommer, J. "Transformation of the Nonphysician Health Professions" IN: The Healthcare Professional Workforce: New Directions in Theory and Practice. Hoff, T., Sutcliffe, K., Young, G. (Eds). New York: Oxford Press, 2016.
Cawley, J.F., Hooker, R.S. Response to Iannuzzi, et.al. JGraduate Medical Education [letter] 2015;7(4):689.
Cawley, J.F., Bush, E. Level of Supervision Among Practicing Physician Assistants. JAAPA 2015;28:61-62.
Davis, A., Radix, S., Cawley, J.F. , Hooker, R.S., Walker, C. Access and Innovation in a Time of Rapid Change: PA Scope of Practice. Annals of Health Law 2015;23:286-336.
Ritsema, T. Bingenheimer, J., Scholting, P., Cawley, J.F. Differences in the Delivery of Health Education in Patients with Chronic Diseases by Provider Type. Preventing Chronic Disease 2014, 11;130175.
Cawley, J.F., Hooker, R.S. Physician Assistants in American Medicine: The Half-Century Mark. AmJManagedCare 2013;19(10):e333-e341.
Cawley, J.F. Jones, P.E. Institutional Sponsorship, Student Debt, and Specialty Choice in Physician Assistant Education. J Physician Assistant Education. JPAE 2013;24: 4-8.