Cynthia Booth Lord, clinical associate professor of physician assistant studies and director of the physician assistant program at Quinnipiac University, has been named to the national advisory board for Primary Care Progress.
Founded in 2009, Primary Care Progress is a national non-profit network of medical providers, health professional trainees, policy experts, advocates and educators who aim to revitalize primary care in the United States.
“It is an honor,” Lord said. “This is a newer group. It’s a national grassroots network of innovators, educators, learners and advocates who share a new vision for revitalizing primary care. I’m very honored that the Quinnipiac name gets to go along with my name. It’s an exciting time. There are a lot of good people doing good things and making change.”
Dr. Andrew F. Morris-Singer, president and founder of Primary Care Progress, said Lord and second-year physician assistant student Richard Bottner, who was named to PCP’s Leadership Council, have been assets to the non-profit organization.
“Their energy, ideas and commitment to the cause is infectious and totally inspiring,” Morris-Singer said.
Lord, founding adviser of Quinnipiac’s PCP chapter, graduated from the University of Connecticut with bachelor’s degrees in biology and medical technology. She received her physician assistant education from Yale School of Medicine in 1991.
Lord served on Quinnipiac’s advisory committee for developing a physician assistant program. In 1994, Lord served as the program’s educational coordinator to design curriculum and teach courses. She later became director of the program, which U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks among the country’s top physician assistant programs.
“Our country has been built from the bottom up when you look at where new initiatives really come from,” Lord said. “I think to really make new changes and substantive changes to our broken health care system it’s going to take work from the bottom up and this sort of collective impact is very important.”
Lord and her husband Fred have two sons, James and Alex.