LTC Johnny Paul has over 28 years of service in the U.S. Army and is currently serving as the 2017-2018 AMEDD Training with Industry (TWI) Fellow at the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) in Johns Creek, Georgia. His capstone project at NCCPA will be to author several NCCPA policies that will have sustained positive outcomes for military Physician Assistants.
He attended the Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP) Class 3-97. Upon graduation from IPAP, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Medical Specialist Corps and subsequently completed a 1 year post graduate residency at Indiana University. He also holds a B.S. in Adult Education from the University of Iowa and B.S. and MPAS degrees from the University of Nebraska. LTC Paul’s operational experience as a PA includes combat assignments with the 3rd Special Forces Group, U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Operations Command Central, the 160th SOAR, and Special Operations Command (Forward Pakistan). He later served as the Surgeon for the first Atlantic Resolve rotation in Poland and led a U.S. Surgical team to conduct the first Surgical Master Class at the Military Hospital in Kiev, Ukraine.
LTC Paul completed resident Army Command and Staff College where he earned an additional certificate in European Regional Studies. He was also selected as an exchange student to attend the prestigious Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr in Hamburg, Germany. Prior to selection for TWI, LTC Paul served as the Senior PA for 7th Army and U.S. Army Europe and the PA Consultant to Regional Health Command Europe. Additionally, he was appointed as the primary staff officer by EUCOM to manage the Ukraine Medical Security Assistance package and was appointed as the Co-chair for the Joint Commission Medical Subcommittee on Ukraine. LTC Paul taught multiple courses for the NATO Medical Center of Excellence in Hungary, Spain, and the Czech Republic and helped to develop the International Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course with the German military for NATO.
From 2013-2017 he served as the President for the Society of European Physician Assistants where he formed a partnership with the Karlsruhe Physician Assistant Program. He was selected as an AMEDD Army Medical Specialist Corps Iron Major in 2013 and is a recipient of the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3) and the Surgeon General’s “9A” proficiency designator. He has earned the Combat Medic Badge, Expert Field Medical Badge, Combat Action Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, the Parachute Rigger Badge, and the Army Flight Surgeon Badge. 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.
His long term interests are to help develop additional PA specialties for the Army, such as Psychiatric, Sports Medicine, and Dermatology PAs.
Acknowledgments: This biography was written by LTC Amelia Duran-Stanton, MAJ Patrick Walsh, and LTC Johnny Paul and was submitted to the Society in September 2017. Photographs are courtesy of LTC Paul.
Disclaimer: The authors’ views do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.