Emerging Leader Alumni Award

2022: Harrison Keyes MPAS '18

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Harrison Keyes graduated from the Institute in 2018 with a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies degree.  His path to health care began with a biology degree from the University of Vermont in 2013, which was followed by working at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates as a medical assistant.  In 2015, Harrison was promoted to Clinical Team Support Lead in Primary Care.  Alongside his clinical work, Harrison volunteered as an adaptive ski instructor / trainer for the New England Disability Sports Program; an activity which he started when he was thirteen years old and continues today.  It was the combination of his clinical and volunteer work that helped Harrison realize that a career as a physician assistant would also fulfill his desire to help others.  In 2016, Harrison started at the IHP.  As a student, Harrison squeezed in time during his rigorous program to work as the Crimson Care Collaborative Umbrella Staffing Director and Site Director at Crimson Care Collaborative – Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) as well as serve as a student delegate to the American Academy of Physicians Associates (AAPA) House of Delegates.  Post-graduation, Harrison was hired by BHCHP as a physician assistant in their medical respite program. A move to outpatient primary care at Southampton Men's Shelter and Jean Yawkey Place occurred the following year. In 2020, Harrison was named the Medical Director for the COVID testing team in response to COVID-19.  A position he held until 2022.  These days, you will most likely find Harrison at Jean Yawkey Place in his role as Interim Medical Director, continuing his advocacy work as a Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants AAPA Delegate, or on the slopes helping disabled individuals achieve their dreams.


The Emerging Leader Award, created in 2010, recognizes the accomplishments of an alumnus who has graduated within the past ten years, demonstrated outstanding leadership in the health professions, and made significant contributions to their professional discipline and health care.

See all recipients of the Emerging Leader Alumni Award.