Rising Star Award

The Rising Star Award recognizes an emerging leader in the health and rehabilitation professions whose record reflects his or her ongoing and exceptional growth in practice, research or service; demonstrated leadership and commitment to furthering his or her profession.
Kathryn Reed (Emergency Medicine, BS '14; Physician Assistant Studies, MS '16)

BS – University of Pittsburgh, Emergency Medicine, 2014
MS – University of Pittsburgh, Physician Assistant Studies, 2016


Kathryn Reed is currently employed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Behavioral Health at Pittsburgh’s VA Hospital. She is also a registered yoga teacher and a mentor with Mid-Ohio Youth Mentoring. Reed remains an active part of Pitt's Physician Assistant Studies program by lecturing for didactic students and by serving as a preceptor for students during their clinical education.


Reed has distinguished herself among the alumni of the PA Studies program and SHRS by designing, developing, implementing and serving as the founder and first president of the National Society of Black Physician Assistants. The society's mission is “to create a culturally responsible physician assistant workforce that adequately represents the diversity found in our world and focuses on eradication of health disparities, specifically in Black communities.” This independent organization addresses the lack of diversity within the physician assistant profession by working to connect fellow PAs, support them in their positions as a minority population, provide networking opportunities and resources, and foster an understanding and interest in PA practice among adults and children who may be considering a career as a physician assistant.