Ruth Ballweg

Title: Professor Emeritus, Physician Assistant, Educator

Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

Ruth Ballweg, Professor Emeritus, Physician Assistant, and Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in primary health care.

Attributing her success to a strong support system compromised of family, mentors and peers, Prof. Ballweg served for more than four decades in the health care industry. Prior to retiring, she directed the Physician Assistant Program at MEDEX Northwest with the University of Washington. She stepped into this position in 1985 and remained integral to its development until stepping down in 2015. Prior to taking on this leadership position, Prof. Ballweg was a physician assistant for the Bremerton Kitsap County Health Department and for the Practice of M.K. Gooding, MD.

Outside of these positions, Prof. Ballweg served as Director of International Affairs for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and on the boards and committees for Group Health Cooperative, the University of Washington, PEW Commission on the Health Professions, National Health Service Corps, the Physician Assistant Education Association and the Washington Academy of Physician Assistants. Prof. Ballweg prepared for this career by first earning a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in sociology from Southern Oregon University in 1969. She continued at the University of Washington, graduating from the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program in 1978. She also earned an MPA from the University of Washington in 1997, and earned an honorary LLD from Barry University in 1999.

For her work in the healthcare and education sectors, Prof. Ballweg has received a number of awards and accolades. One of her earliest recognitions was a Distinguished Service Award from the National Indian Health Board in 1987. A year later, she received a Special Recognition Award from the Washington Academy of Physician Assistants. In 1991, she earned the UPJOHN Presidential Award from the Association of Physician Assistant Programs. In 1992, the Bureau of Health Professions bestowed her a fellowship in primary care health policy. In 1997, Prof. Ballweg was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from MEDEX Alumni Association. She continued to receive awards during the later years of her career. In 2013, she was recognized with a Eugene Stead Award from the American Academy of Physician Assistants and later received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Physician Assistant Education Association in 2015.

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