March 30, 2005

Patti Pagels, MPAS, PA-C, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, was named a recipient of the 2004 Innovations in Health Care Award.

The award is given jointly by the national Physician Assistant Foundation, the American Academy of Physician Assistants and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals to recognize physician assistants who develop innovations in clinical practice and in PA educational programs.

Pagels and some of her colleagues created a program to help people quit smoking through nicotine patches, exercise and behavior modification over a three-month period. The program, called Positive Attitude Toward Changing Habits (PATCH), was established four years ago with the help of colleagues Doug Mains, DrPH, assistant professor of health management and policy; Claudia Coggin, PhD, MS, CHES, assistant professor in the School of Public Health and public health practice coordinator; Clifton Cage, DO, assistant professor of family medicine; and Stephen Baum, MPH. Pagels will receive her award at the AAPA conference in Florida this May. The award includes a $5,000 grant to continue the program.

Pagels has been with the health science center since 1996 and currently serves as clinical education coordinator for PA studies and as a PA for the department of pediatrics. She earned her masterâ??s degree in PA studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is also a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern medical center at Dallas where she earned a bachelor of science in PA studies and the University of Texas at El Paso where she earned a bachelor of arts in anthropology.

Pagels resides in Colleyville.


Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail

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