David Keahey, PA-C, MSPH
Chief Advocacy and Research Officer
Physician Assistant Education Association
655 K Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, District of Columbia, 20001

Fellowship Profile

Fellowship Year:  (2015-2016)
Fellowship Assignment(s):
Senator Christopher Murphy (D-CT)


David Keahey is an associate professor (clinical) with the University of Utah Physician Assistant Program in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. He teaches history and physical diagnosis, clinical problem solving, evidence-based medicine (EBM), neurology, and health policy. Keahey has been a Principal Investigator for Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grants, including the current Expansion of Physician Assistant Training grant. Keahey has authored and co-authored 13 peer-reviewed journal articles and 12 commentaries in venues including the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, American Family Physician, and Journal of Physician Assistant Education, where he was EBM co-editor for 5 years. Keahey has co-presented eight regional and national Teaching the Teacher EBM seminars for physician assistant and physician educators and presented at the Physician Assistant Education Association's (PAEA's) Forum, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Conference, and Public Health Service (PHS) Region VIII conferences. He served as PAEA liaison to STFM, where he chaired the workgroup that published the Joint Position Statement Educating Primary Care Teams for the Future: Family Medicine and Physician Assistant Interprofessional Education. Keahey has been member and chair of PAEA's Government Relations and External Affairs Council and was appointed in 2012 by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to HRSA's Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry, where he is vice-chair and co-writer of the 11th Report to Congress. Keahey graduated from University of Utah with a bachelor of university studies (primary care medicine) and an MS in public health. He practiced family medicine for 24 years at the Salt Lake Community Health Centers, where he served six years as associate and medical director. He volunteers at the Maliheh Free Clinic, caring for a diverse population of uninsured patients and precepting students.

Key Information

Appointment of Gregg S. Margolis as New Director 

The national program office is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gregg S. Margolis as the new director! Read more.

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