Jim Kovarik, PA-C

Physician Assistant

Mr. Jim Kovarik is a certified Physician Assistant (PA-C) at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and psychology at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. He completed his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Practice at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science in North Chicago, Illinois. Prior to coming to Kansas City, he practiced in the Urology Clinic at Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  

His clinical interests include general urology, men's health, cancer screening and detection, medical management of erectile dysfunction, and benign prostatic disease. He collaborates with the staff urologists providing patient education and continuity of care. He is a member of the American Urological Association, Urological Association of Physician Assistants, Kansas Urological Society, and American Association of Physician Assistants.


What is a physician assistant?

A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a doctor. A PA is a graduate of an accredited PA educational program who is nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician. 

What can PAs do? 

PAs perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education and counseling and make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes. All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow PAs to practice and prescribe medications. 

How are PAs educated and trained? 

The PA educational program is modeled on the medical school curriculum, a combination of classroom and clinical instruction. The PA course of study is rigorous and intense. The average length of a PA education program is 27 months. 

By design, physicians and PAs work together as a team, and all PAs practice medicine with physician supervision. Supervision does not mean, though, that a supervising physician must always be present with the PA or direct every aspect of PA-provided care. 

PAs are trained and educated similarly to physicians, and therefore share similar diagnostic and therapeutic reasoning. Physician-PA practice can be described as delegated autonomy. Physicians delegate duties to PAs, and within those range of duties, PAs use autonomous decision-making for patient care. This team model is an efficient way to provide high-quality medical care.


[1] http://www.aapa.org/the_pa_profession/what_is_a_pa.aspx.  "What is a PA?"  09/19/2013

Last modified: Oct 24, 2016

Jim Kovarik, III, PA-C


Jim Kovarik, PA-C
Physician Assistant