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Kathryn Reed is assistant professor and vice chair for Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Reed currently practices in internal medicine and is the founder and president of the National Society of Black Physician Assistants (NSBPA). Her research interests are in the areas of health disparities and inequities, especially in relation to access to preventative care services, disease prevalence and outcomes and the impact of patient education in underrepresented groups. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistant's Health Disparity Committee and the recipient of SHRS' Rising Star Award in 2020. Reed earned her Bachelor of Science in emergency medicine and her Master of Science in physician assistant studies from SHRS.

Awards and Honors

President and Founder, National Society of Black Physician Assistants

Honors Challenge Full Tuition Scholarship, University of Pittsburgh

UPMC Endowed Scholarship for Merit

Clinical Excellence Award, University of Pittsburgh Physician Assistant Studies Program

Alumni Inductee to Pi Alpha, the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants

Rising Star Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Federal Executive Board’s Excellence in Government Award (Nominee)


Department of Physician Assistant Studies


Doctor of Physician Assistant Studies
Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid Program
Physician Assistant Studies