COL Johnny W. Paul, SP, DMSc, APA-C,


Colonel (COL) Johnny W. Paul currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Delivery, Medical Education and Training Campus at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas.

COL Paul attended the Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP) Class 3-97 and earned a Master of Physician Assistant Studies Degree with specialization in Internal Medicine from the University of Nebraska.  He completed a 1-year postgraduate residency at Indiana University in 2000 as a Schering Plough Fellow in GI and Liver Disease and later graduated with a DMSc, PA Education Concentration, from the University of Lynchburg. COL Paul is a graduate of the Defense Health Agency Capstone Course, the Medical Strategic Leadership Program, Joint Senior Medical Leader Course, Defense Strategy Course, and resident Army Command and Staff College where he earned a European Regional Studies Certificate and attended the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr in Hamburg, Germany as a staff college exchange student. He completed a 1-year Army Training with Industry fellowship at NCCPA from 2017-2018.

COL Paul’s experience as an Army PA includes multiple deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, Ukraine, and the Baltic States.  He served as the Task Force Surgeon for the first Atlantic Resolve rotation in Poland and led a U.S. Surgical team to conduct the first US-Canadian Surgical Master Class at the Military Hospital in Kiev, Ukraine.

COL Paul currently serves as the Associate Dean, Academic Delivery Division at the Medical Education and Training Campus, Graduate Education Manager for the Army Medical Specialist Corps, and Assistant Professor for the Uniformed Services University College of Allied Health Sciences. His previous assignments include Chief of the Combat Medic Specialist Training Program, Senior PA for 7th Army and U.S. Army Europe, primary staff officer for the Ukraine Medical Security Assistance Initiative, Co-chair for the Joint Commission Medical Subcommittee on Ukraine. COL Paul is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3), holds the Surgeon General’s “9A” proficiency designator, as well as the “6Z” strategist skill identifier. He was the recipient for the 2019 Surgeon General’s PA Recognition Award.

His individual awards include the Soldiers Medal, the Bronze Star Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC), the Air Medal, the Finnish Medal of Merit in Bronze, and the German Cross of Honor in Silver. He has earned the Combat Medic Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Army Flight Surgeon Badge.

Acknowledgments: This biography was written by LTC Amelia Duran-Stanton, MAJ Patrick Walsh, and  COL Johnny Paul and was submitted to the Society in September 2017 and was updated in 2021 and in March 2022. Photographs are courtesy of COL Paul.

When using information from this biography, please provide the proper citation as described within the PA History Society Terms of Use

Disclaimer: The authors’ views do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.