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PA of the Year

NCAPA’s PA of the Year award honors a PA who has demonstrated exemplary service to the profession and the community, and who has furthered the image of the PA profession while providing significant contributions to the health of the citizens of North Carolina.

NCAPA 2019 PA of the Year

Carole Holt, PA-C, has been named the 2019 NCAPA PA of the Year! Carole just retired this year, in July, after practicing as a PA for 41 years. When she retired, she was the Director of the Novant Health Oncology Specialists’ Cancer Prevention and Wellness Clinic, where she had been since 2015. Prior to that, she had spent many years working with Dr. Judy Hopkins in Medical Oncology. And, before turning her focus to oncology, she was the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of the Triad, where she did preventative care for underserved patients.

Carole was instrumental in establishing the Cancer Prevention and Wellness Clinic, where she channeled her clinical expertise in breast cancer with a great desire to help healthy women decrease their cancer risk. Her commitment to providing quality healthcare was evident by her focus on patient education and empowerment by increasing awareness of behaviors to improve overall health.

Carole Holt, PA-C, center, with co-workers at the Cancer Prevention and Wellness Clinic
One of Carole’s co-workers explains that she “connected with patients in a way that far few providers seem to be able to do in today’s healthcare setting. She explained things in a way that people understood and they responded with trust and confidence.” Carole treated those individuals “more like a person than a patient.” Her dedication and enthusiasm “positively impacted the lives of innumerable patients and their families.”

Carole was also very much a team player. She made it a priority to network with other healthcare providers in radiology, pathology, surgery, and medical oncology – to customize care and treatment recommendations based on patient specifics, ensuring quality care. She clearly had great respect for her healthcare team members who, in turn, had great respect for Carole.

While there are so many great things to say about Carole Holt and her 41 years as a practicing PA, one of her peers sums it up quite nicely:

“She is an extraordinary Physician Assistant who epitomizes the very best of the profession.”

Carole was presented the PA of the Year Award at the Derrick L. Davis Regional Cancer Center on Thursday, October 24th, where her peers and family gathered to celebrate her accomplishments. (Pictured above with NCAPA 2020 Membership & Marketing Chair, Cameron Sweeney)

Nominate the next PA of the Year!


To be eligible for PA of the Year nomination, the potential recipient must be a Fellow or Associate Member of NCAPA and have been practicing as a PA for a minimum of three years.

Nomination Period

Nominations for the 2020 PA of the Year will be accepted from February 29th through September 1st. Any NCAPA member or PA employer may submit a nomination. Nominations should include a written rationale detailing how the nominee meets the award criteria and why he/she is deserving of the award. The Awards Committee will review all nominations and select the PA of the Year and notify the recipient no later than October 1st.

Award Ceremony

The 2020 PA of the Year award recipient will receive a complimentary conference registration for either the 2021 Winter Conference OR 2021 Summer Conference. NCAPA will travel to the PA of the Year’s place of employment to present the award and the recipient’s name will be added to a permanent plaque at the Stead Center.