Paul  M.  Harrelson
Assistant Professor, Chair and Program Director
School of Health Professions
Department of Physician Assistant Studies
2A31 CHS Building 2

Paul Harrelson is a 1988 graduate from Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University Physician Assistant program.  He has been in Physician Assistant education for the past 18 years at University of Alabama at Birmingham as Associate Program Director/Clinical Coordinator.  He has been involved in Alabama Society of Physician Assistant for many years. He has served as president and is currently the vice president. He is also the current chairman of the PA liaison committee to the Alabama Board of Medical examiners. Paul has worked clinically in several areas: urology, pain management and currently working with Dr. John Porterfield in General Surgery.

Degrees and Certificates

  • Master in Physician Assistant Studies, University of Nebraska 
  • Certificate Physician Assistant Studies, Wake Forest University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Northeast Louisiana University


  • Alabama Society of Physician Assistant, vice president
  • American Academy of Physician Assistant


  • General surgery

Recent Publications

  • Maday K, Harrelson P. Porterfield J. “Post operative fever”  Journal of the Academy of Physician Assistants, Published 2016

Recent Presentations

  • AAPA Basic and Advanced Suture Workshop-2017 Las Vegas NV