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William Osborne Jones, II, MA, PA-C, DFAAPA

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Lt, USN [Ret] William Osborne Jones, II, MA, PA-C, DFAAPA, retired from the Navy with over 22 years of active-duty service. His other accomplishments include serving as the founding vice president for the American Academy of Nephrology PAs, president of the South Carolina Academy of PAs (1997-1999) and being an advisor on PA matters to the South Carolina State Medical Board.  Jones was the first PA in South Carolina to be approved by the State Board of Medical Examiners to open his own “off-site” practice, working in a location separate from his Supervising Physician.

Growing up in Southern California, Jones attended Palomar College for one year.  The Selective Service (Draft Board) did not appreciate his 4:29 mile and he found himself being drafted.

Jones joined the Navy in 1970. While in the Navy, he trained to become a Hospital Corpsman. During his twelve years of enlisted service, he graduated from several technical schools including Operating Room Technician, Transplantation Technician, Dialysis Technician, and served on Independent Duty at an isolated duty station.  He was assigned for duty with the United States Marine Corps and saw duty in Vietnam as a Sea-air Rescue Air Crewmember.

Jones first learned of Physician Assistants when he saw an advertisement for PAs in a magazine.  In it, a young man was working as gasoline station attendant, pumping gas.  The headline read “We Want To Put This Man In The Hospital”.  It went on to explain that the young man had been a Navy Hospital Corpsman and had served with the Marine Corps in Vietnam.  It described that even with his training and experience, there was no equivalent in the civilian sector, so his talents were lost.  The Physician Assistant program was explained.  Jones says that he “saw himself” in that advertisement he set his goal on attending PA school and in 1980 he was selected from the Navy’s PA program.

Jones graduated from the George Washington University PA Program in 1982  He would then receive his Master of Arts in Health Services Management from Webster University in 1987. After graduating PA school, Jones remained in the Navy as a PA until his retirement from service in 1992. He retired at the rank of Lieutenant, Medical Service Corps. After leaving the Navy, he worked as a PA in a variety of specialties, including family medicine, orthopedics, and nephrology.

Jones has written articles on hypertension and hematuria which appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of PAs (JAAPA) and Emergency Medicine: Acute Medicine for the Primary Care Physician. Jones was the subject of the article “Working on the Mystery of Hypertension” written by Michael Samsot and featured in the March 1998 edition of NEWSLine for Physician Assistants.

Jones’s first academic appointment was as the director and principal instructor of the Palomar Community College/US Marine Corps Emergency Medical Technician Training Program (1986-1988). He then was an adjunct instructor with the Colorado Mesa University’s PA Program (2021-2022). Jones has also presented CME sessions on nephrology at the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) Annual Conference, the South Carolina Academy of PAs, and Topics in the Tropics – the annual meeting of the Veterans Caucus of the AAPA.

Jones has been awarded with the Aircrew Member Wings (Helicopter), three Navy Achievement medals, three Navy Enlisted Good Conduct medals, a Combat Action Ribbon, and the Vietnam Service medal with the US Marine Corps Combat device.

Jones is a Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA. He has been featured in Who’s Who in The World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Technology and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare. He is a Life Member of the Veteran’s Caucus and serves on their Board of Directors.

Jones is retired from his 43 years of clinical practice but continues to do lectures.  He lives on the Western Slope of Colorado where he and his wife, TroyAnn, enjoy kayaking, cycling, traveling, and gardening.

Acknowledgments: This biography was prepared by PA History Society Staff with the assistance of William Jones. It was submitted to the Society in June 2024. Photographs are courtesy of Mr. Jones.

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