Kathryn Hines, PA-C, MS, M.B.A.

Strategic Advisor & Lead Educator

My Why

I always thought that I wanted to be a Doctor and no one was going to convince me otherwise. While in my final years of college, my boyfriend was diagnosed with life-threatening cancer and received treatment at a world renowned medical center. It was there that I encountered a physician assistant (PA) and I immediately knew I wanted to pivot from Doctor to PA. Unfortunately, I did not have a clue how to become a PA, any further information on the profession, and little to no understanding of what my career might look like as a PA. Since PA was a fairly new profession, albeit rapidly growing, I struggled to find mentorship. It was a stressful path to navigate and find opportunities and advisors on my own. Particularly since I was crunched for time coming upon college graduation. I remember the day I vowed to both become a PA mentor to anyone seeking this career path, and to return and work at the very medical center that saved my boyfriend’s life. Since that time, I’ve developed two online, self-paced courses: exactly how to become a PA and how to be a competitive applicant, I have established a youtube channel documenting my path, lessons learned and tips, and I provide 1:1 mentorship on various topics as requested; how to “interview at my best” for example. Lastly, that boyfriend of mine – we are married with 3 children!

Kathryn Hines, PA-C, MS, M.B.A. is a vascular surgery physician assistant (PA), the director of surgical advanced practice, and the administrative director for the Multidisciplinary Diabetic Foot and Wound clinic at a large academic medical center in Baltimore, MD. She completed a master’s degree in health sciences at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., a master’s degree in business administration at Johns Hopkins Carey Business school, and her surgical residency for physician assistants at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she was awarded Outstanding Surgical PA Resident of the Year. She is also the recipient of the LEADer award for embodying her organization’s core values. During her time with her organization’s surgical department, Mrs. Hines was also co-director and instructor of the Advanced Surgical Training Program for PAs at the George Washington University. More recently, she served as co-founder and chair of the inaugural advanced practice advisory council at her organization. Her research has been published in the Annals of Vascular Surgery, Journal of Vascular Surgery, and the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. 

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