Dr. Nilesh “Neil” Gokal of Southwest Medical Associates, part of OptumCare, has been awarded an honorary Pi Alpha Award by the Pi Alpha Honor Society. The recognition took place Oct. 30 as part of the physician assistant (PA) banquet held at Sunset Station Hotel & Casino for the PA students of Touro University in Henderson.
The award recognizes accomplishment in the areas of significant academic achievement, leadership, research, community/professional service, and the encouragement of a high standard of character and conduct among PA students and graduates.
“Southwest Medical has ongoing health care provider pathway programs designed in partnership with local health care educators, including our PA Pathways program with Touro University,” said Dr. Robert McBeath, president and CEO of Southwest Medical. “This award is a very gratifying recognition of his education and effort in integrating medical students into professional practice within our community.”
The Pi Alpha Honor Society was organized in 2004 by the Association of Physician Assistant Programs and is the nonprofit division of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).
Dr. Gokal is the medical director of clinical education for Southwest Medical Associates, as well as a family medicine practitioner in Southern Nevada. He is also an adjunct clinical faculty member for the UNLV School of Medicine and pending affiliation with Roseman University.