Michael A. Rackover, M.S., PA-C


Theodore Search Emeritus Professor
Physician Assistant Studies

M.S. in Organizational Dynamics, University of Pennsylvania, 1995
B.S. in Health Sciences, Hahnemann University, 1990
A.S. in Science and Physician Assistant Certificate, Hahnemann University, 1984
A. S. in Radiology, Hahnemann University, 1984
Certificate in Radiologic Technology, Thomas Jefferson University, 1970
Medical & Radiology Technology Program, United States Air Force, 1968

National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants

Radiation Oncology, Family Practice, Occupational Medicine, Military 
Health Care Administration, Radiology Department Administrator and Diagnostic Radiology

Academic & Research Interests:
Medical Genomics, Wellness, Oncology, Educational Testing & Evaluation, Technology, Diagnostic Radiology

Biographical Summary
Michael A. Rackover has over 45 years’ experience in health care. He has worked clinically as a physician assistant for greater than 17 years in radiation oncology, occupational medicine and completing military physicals. Prior to becoming a PA he was a radiologic technologist.  He has managed a radiology department and has been the radiology consultant to the Humana Corporation.  He has also worked extensively in health care administration and academia, and has participated in clinical research.

His academic interests include personalized medicine and a special interest in Medical Genomics education. He has held the position of Director at Large on the Board of Directors of the Physician Assistant Education Association and has worked with the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants as a test item writer.

In addition to his clinical work and teaching, Rackover has published articles in scholarly journals and has lectured widely on clinical and professional issues.

He was named 2003 Physician Assistant Educator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants. In 2006, he completed a four-month sabbatical at the NHRGI, part of the National Institutes of Health. He currently is a consultant to that Institute and was on the board of directors for the National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics (NCHPEG).

In 2008 he received a prestigious award for outstanding service by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). The award, which honors an individual who has provided sustained, exceptional service or leadership to the association or has contributed to the advancement of the PA profession, was presented at the group's annual meeting in Savannah, Ga. He was recommended for the award by Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., until recently was the director of the National Human Research Genome Institute (NHRGI), and now is the Director of the National Institute of Health (NIH) Dr. Collins has stated that Rackover "has made significant contributions not only to the education of physician assistants, but to the education of all of our nation's health care providers."

He received the prestigious 2011 PAragon Outstanding PA of the Year Award for outstanding service from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAA) at the 39th Annual Physician Assistant Conference in Las Vegas. The award honors a physician assistant who has demonstrated exemplary service to the PA profession and the community and has furthered the image of physician assistants. Rackover championed the introduction of genetic literacy to physician assistant education.


  • 2011 PAragon PA of the Year Award for outstanding service from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAA) at the 39th Annual Physician Assistant Conference, 2011 [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGxu6P-QUs8]
  • 2011 Sherry Stolberg Alumni Award, Hahnemann PA Program, in recognition for his significant contribution to the PA Profession and specifically to PA education.
  • Physician Assistant Outstanding Service Award/ Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) 2008
  • Pennsylvania Society of Physician Assistants PA Educator of the Year 2003

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