ESSEX — Community College of Baltimore County is pleased to announce that Richard Rohrs has been named the 2020 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. Rohrs was honored May 14 at the annual Student Life Banquet, which this year was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rohrs is a 1977 graduate of then - Essex Community College/Johns Hopkins Physician Assistant Program. He has practiced internal medicine for more than 40 years, transitioning from a clinical to an administrative role. Rohrs currently serves as assistant vice president of Provider Operations at Northwest Hospital - Lifebridge Health.
“We are so proud to recognize Richard as our Distinguished Alumnus this year,” said Ann-Marie Thornton, director of Development and Alumni Relations. “He is respected both nationally and internationally in the profession, yet he is quick to point out his roots at Essex Community College. Richard is always willing to give back to CCBC by supporting the students and the program, and he is truly a model of success for which our students strive.”
Among his many accomplishments, he was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the Maryland Academy of Physician Assistants in 1987 and by the American Academy of Physician Assistants in 2000. Most recently, he served as president of the national PA Foundation and currently serves on the Board of the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants Health Foundation.
Throughout his career, Rohrs has been a strong advocate for CCBC PA students and graduates and has served for more than 40 years as a clinical preceptor for both PA and medical students. He has been the chairperson of the CCBC/Towson University PA Advisory Committee since 1994. Rohrs also serves as community liaison for the Magnet School partnerships with Baltimore City and Baltimore County Public Schools.
Over the past 20 years, Rohrs has been involved in international workforce development, serving as the first chair of the AAPA International Affairs committee and then working as a consultant to many countries throughout the world. Most recently he led a team of health professionals to Cuba, and he has participated in humanitarian missions to Africa.