Bill DraceBill Drace, MA, PA-C, was selected by the UAB Graduate School for the 2012 Graduate Dean's Excellence in Mentorship Award. Drace has been an assistant professor in the Physician Assistant program since 2003.

Prior to his teaching position, Drace spent 25 years with Birmingham-based Cardiothoracic Surgical Practice. It was during his last five years at the company that he precepted senior Physician Assistant students. That interaction motivated him to accept a full-time faculty position.

The students that nominated him spoke highly of their mentor who will be formally presented with the award during an awards event in April 2012.

“He has instilled a passion in me for our profession and a strong desire to not only work hard but also be successful at what I do. “

“He pushes you to be the best and more importantly makes you want to practice medicine with limitless energy, perfection, and humility.”

“I believe that he is the definition of a teacher, who goes above and beyond to demonstrate commitment to education; which is the sole reason he works at UAB.”

Drace graduated from UAB’s Surgical Physician Assistant program in 1978. He completed a master’s degree in Education from the University of Phoenix. Drace’s extensive surgical background began as a Navy Corpsman and Operating Room Technician.