LTC Johnny W. Paul attended the Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP) Class 3-97 and was subsequently commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Medical Specialist Corps. He completed a 1-year postgraduate residency at Indiana University in 2000. In 2019 he earned a Doctorate of Medical Science (DMSc), PA Education Concentration, from the University of Lynchburg. He holds an MPAS & BS from the University of Nebraska, and a BS from the University of Iowa. LTC Paul is a graduate of the resident Army Command and Staff College where he earned a European Regional Studies Certificate and attended the Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr in Hamburg, Germany as an international exchange student. He completed a 1-year Army Training with Industry fellowship at NCCPA from 2017-2018.
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 US-Canadian Surgical Master Class at the Military Hospital in Kiev, Ukraine.
LTC Paul currently serves as an Assistant Professor for the Uniformed Services University College of Allied Health & OIC of the Soldier Medic Training Site at the AMEDD Center and School. His previous assignments include: Senior PA for 7th Army and U.S. Army Europe, and the PA Consultant to Regional Health Command Europe. Additionally, he served as the primary staff officer for the Ukraine Medical Security Assistance Initiative and served as the Co-chair for the Joint Commission Medical Subcommittee on Ukraine. LTC Paul has taught multiple courses for the NATO Medical Center of Excellence 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. LTC Paul is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3), holds the Surgeon General’s “9A” proficiency designator, and was selected as the recipient for the 2018 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, 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 LTC Johnny Paul and was submitted to the Society in September 2017. Photographs are courtesy of LTC Paul.
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