Winnie Barron, MHS, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Junction City, Oregon
Director, Makindu Children's Center
Kenya, Africa

Class of 1988 
Induction: 2000

Prior to becoming a physician assistant, Ms. Barron graduated from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in 1978 with a Special Education Graduate Diploma and she received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colorado College in 1979. She completed her paramedic training in 1982 at Clover Park Vocational Technical Institute in Tacoma, Washington and worked as a paramedic, EMT and firefighter until entering the Duke PA Program. Currently, Ms. Barron divides her time between her career as a physician assistant (PA) in Oregon and volunteer experiences in Africa. She practices medicine at the Junction City Medical Center, Oregon and while in Africa is the director of the Makindu Children's Center in Kenya, which she co-founded.

Since graduating from Duke, Ms. Barron has worked in rural family medicine practices in the state of Oregon and, since 1993, has volunteered her services as a physician assistant at the Community Outread Health Clinic in Lebanon, Oregon. In addition to her work as a PA, she continues as a volunteer paramedic/firefighter, EMT captain and Search and Rescue Squad member in Brownsville, Oregon and as an EMT instructor at Linn-Benton County Community College in Albany, Oregon.

In 1994, as part of a medical relief mission to Rwanda, Ms. Barron helped to deliver medical care to the survivors in this war-torn country. She was able to return to Africa in 1997 where she was assigned to a hospital in a small village in eastern Kenya. Responding to the alarming number of AIDS orphans there, she envisioned a facility where these children could receive food, education and medical care. Through her tireless dedication and hard work as well as the generosity of volunteers and financial supporters, this vision was realized in 1998 and the Makindu Children's Center was born. Today, over a hundred orphans are served at the Center.

She was named Oregon Paramedic of the Year in 1998. She received the Duke University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2000. The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) named Ms. Barron recipient of its 2002 International Humanitarian Physician Assistant of the Year Award for her work in Africa.