Ruth Ballweg, MPA, PA-C, is an associate professor and director of the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is an author the fifth edition of Physician Assistant: A Guide to Clinical Practice.
Ballweg is recognized as a leading physician assistant educator and policy leader in the US, and has received an honorary doctorate from Barry University. She is active in many PA professional organizations, and has served as president of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs, the Washington Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History. Ballweg has also been commissioner of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and is a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association, the National Rural Health Association, and a member of the Washington Rural Health Association, among others.