NAPA Members and the Navy PA Community: Due to a lack of command funding across the Navy for Navy PAs to attend the 2019 AAPA Annual Conference in Denver from May 18-22, NAPA will NOT to hold it’s annual NAPA meeting there this year, but will still hold a Navy PA and NAPA member social gathering during the AAPA Conference. The annual NAPA meeting will be moved to Portsmouth, VA this year to be held in conjunction with the NAPA East Symposium on October 16-17, 2019. An estimated 30 or more PAs will be in attendance. For those who cannot attend or are on the west coast we plan to broadcast the symposium via NAPA Facebook live video for all to tune in.  The date and time is still to be determined. Please stay tuned for specifics, once finalized we will be emailing our members, as well as posting for all to see on our NAPA website and NAPA Facebook page. Thank you. 

NAPA Elections 2019: The following positions are taking nominations for 2019 NAPA leadership positions: NAPA President-Elect, NAPA Student Director, NAPA-East and NAPA-West President, Vice-President and Secretary. If you know (or are) a Navy PA who wants to make a direct impact, please nominate them by 01 May 2019 to be considered. Please see our Leadership Opportunities page here for more information.

The Naval Association of Physician Assistants (NAPA) was officially founded in 1976. This was after some enterprising Navy PAs decided we should join forces and have delegates at the AAPA House of Delegates. NAPA involvement at the annual AAPA conference started in 1977. This new Navy Chapter also invited Coast Guard PAs to join.

Some of the Plankowners:

Thomas Powell Chris Handy
John Peck Bob Aiken
Bill Sweeny Jim Acoba
Thom Clayton John Mott
John LeRoy Bill Lussier

NAPA started hosting CME events back in 1987. At that time, the events were co-sponsored with SAFPA (Society of Air Force PAs) and the first CME event was held in Charleston, South Carolina. Soon afterwards, NAPA started putting on their own successful CME conferences in Corpus Christi, Texas.

The local hospital CO was very supportive and NAPA enjoyed much success under the CME Committee leadership of Nora Perez. In the 1990's NAPA CME conferences were moved to San Antonio and co-hosted with SAFPA and TAPA (Texas Academy of PAs). This went well until events on 11 Sept 2001 changed the world as we know it. High op tempo in the Navy has kept us all quite busy since then, but many still hold out the hope that NAPA can one day return to hosting CME events for its members. In the meantime, NAPA will continue to support the PA profession and NAPA members to the fullest extent possible. Our strength is in our active membership. Go NAPA!

This basic NAPA history was pieced together by Ron Perry. If you see information that is inaccurate, please send an email to the webmaster.
Want to read more about our history? Check out articles linked to below.
A very good article by the AAPA about the military roots of the PA profession (spoiler alert: it started with Corpsmen and Medics returning from the Vietnam War)

Special thanks to all who have answered the call and have served as NAPA Presidents:

  • Clifton Butler 2016-2017
  • Kishla Askins 2015-2016
  • Kerri Browne 2014-2015
  • David Bachand 2013-2014
  • John Conza 2012-2013
  • Eusebio Flores 2011-2012
  • Ron Perry 2010-2011
  • Nora Perez 2008-2010
  • Keith Hutchins 2006-2008
  • Donald Harris 2004-2006
  • Dave Holder 2002-2004
  • Toni Lopez 2000-2002
  • Patty Miller 1998-2000
  • Ron Woodruff 1995-1997
  • Bill Feyh 1993-1994
  • Judy Robertson 1992
  • Rich Mondak 1990-1991
  • Earl Metier 1988-1989
  • Bruce Ross 1986-1987
  • Gary Evans 1985
  • Leo Cleveland 1983-1984
  • Wilfred Burton 1982
  • J. Ron Pace 1981
  • Jim Acoba 1979-1980
  • Bill Lussier 1978
  • John Mott 1977
  • Thom Clayton 1976