Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Class of 1976
Marshall F. Sinback Jr. was born in Mobile Alabama and spent his formative years in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. In 1970, while attending West Georgia University, he enlisted in the United States Naval Reserves and served on active duty as a Hospital Corpsman from 1971-1973. In order to gain more health care experience, Mr. Sinback worked as a surgical care assistant on Nott Ward at the Duke University Hospital. Since his graduation from the Duke PA Program (BHS, 1976), Mr. Sinback has spent the past 29 years in clinical practice with the Department of Veterans Affairs working in cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery and orthopedics.
Throughout his career, Mr. Sinback has been an active PA leader at the state and national level. While serving on the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants Board of Directors he held many leadership positions and served as president in 1982 and 1984. In 1981, he successfully directed a professional state-wide public education program on the PA profession in Georgia. This resulted in the elimination of political pressures to close the state's two PA programs. Under his leadership, legislation was enacted that created a PA Advisory Standing Committee of the State Medical Board empowered to handle all PA professional practice issue before the Board. The law also added PA membership to the State Medical Board.
Mr. Sinback has been a member of the AAPA since 1976. He has held numerous leadership positions in the AAPA including the House of Delegates, Legislative and Governmental Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on State Legislation (Chairman) , Professional Practice and Relations Committee, Professional Liability Task Force (Chairman), Trustee, Education and Research Foundation, Nominating Committee, Medical Malpractice Insurance Task Force, Task Force on Unlicensed Medical Graduates (Chairman), and the Professional Certification Committee. While chairing the AAPA Subcommittee on State Legislation, Mr. Sinback developed the model for the AAPA's state legislative outreach program including implementation of the constituent chapter state legislative grants program. In 1985, he was awarded the first AAPA - Burroughs Wellcome Health Policy Fellowship allowing him to spend a year in Washington at the AAPA working on Medicare reimbursement legislation, researching PA medical malpractice issues and AAPA - constituent chapter computerization. He served as president of the AAPA in 1988-89.
For the past 14 years, Mr. Sinback has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants representing the AAPA and most recently the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has served as chairman of numerous committees and taskforces including two terms as President and Chairman of the Board. During his term as president, the NCCPA underwent a complete reorganization and implemented a strategic planning process to define its mission and to serve its stakeholders.
Throughout his career in the VA, Mr. Sinback has been deeply involved in the professional practice issues of PAs in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). He has served on numerous advisory committees for development of PA practice guidelines in VHA. Mr. Sinback has chaired the VHA Undersecretary of Health's Multidisciplinary Practice Advisory Council charged to develop and recommend policy on optimal utilization of PAs, Advanced Practice Nurses and Clinical Pharmacists in the VA.
Mr. Sinback has received numerous awards recognizing his contributions to PA the profession.