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Richard Rahr, Ed.D., P.A.-C. (2008)
(School of Health Professions)
Physician Assistant Studies

Dr. Rahr‘s early training began as a radiologic technologist; however, he soon went on to complete a bachelor of science degree in zoology from the University of Texas at Austin. In 1973, he entered the physician assistant program at UTMB, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in health care sciences and a certificate of proficiency in internal medicine. In 1981, he completed a master’s in business administration with a minor in health care administration from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. In 1987, he obtained a doctorate in education in allied health administration from the University of Houston and Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Rahr has been involved in education and administration since 1967. He has served as chair of the physician assistant department at UTMB since 1982. During this time, he has achieved national and state recognition for his contributions to the training and education of physician assistants. He has been recognized as a forerunner in PA distance education primarily through his involvement and management of a cooperative training program at UT Pan American at Edinburg. He was recognized as the National PA Educator of the Year by the American Academy of Physician Assistants in 2000 for his outstanding teaching and leadership accomplishments, and recently recognized for the 2004 Texas Society of Allied Health Professions’ Distinguished Service Award.

In addition to his numerous teaching and leadership awards, he has served on the editorial board of a national journal, is an accreditation consultant and team member, has been a grant reviewer for the Department of Health and Human Services, was president of the UTMB faculty senate, and was a member of the UT system faculty advisory committee for more than ten years. Dr. Rahr is active in both professional and community affairs. Dr. Rahr’s research interests give emphasis to learning styles, geriatric medicine, physician assistant education, and student recruitment and retention. He and his wife, Virginia, live in Texas City, Texas.

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