2010-03-25 / General Stories

John Young, Jr. Selected PA of the Year

John W. Young Jr. PA-C was awarded the Physician Assistant of the Year for 2009 by the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA) Annual Meeting in Houston on February 27th, 2010. John has been a health care provider in Caldwell for more than 35 years. He has since retired but continues to be active in the community and filling in when needed at the clinic in Caldwell and Lexington.

John graduated from University of Texas Medical Branch PA Program in 1973. He was the 2nd President of TAPA, from 1977- 1978 and served on the TAPA Board for many years. In addition, he served as a liaison for TAPA to many organizations such as the Texas Medical Association, Texas Nurses Association, Texas Hospital Association and the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners.

In his personal life he is active and has been an officer/elected official in the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce, Caldwell School Board and the Caldwell City Council. He was ordained as a deacon in the Diocese of Austin for St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Caldwell and was awarded the Texas Outstanding PA Brazos Valley Award.

The individual that nominated John stated, “I cannot think of a wiser, more caring individual. He has mentored me as well as several other hundreds of patients and community citizens in his years as a PA. He took me under his wing as a 2nd year PA student when I was assigned to him by the Baylor faculty but I believe a far greater power assigned me to him. Since that rotation and through the 9 years I have been a PA there is not a day that goes by that I do not hear his words of wisdom in my head as I care for patients. He shaped the way I practice medicine and he encouraged me to stay true to my core values in my personal life.”

Upon hearing of his nomination, John stated, “I believe that for a PA to be successful we have to fill a need that is recognized by others that would not be filled if we are not there. Therefore, I chose to go to Caldwell upon graduation to join Dr. Smith, the only doctor in the county killing himself with practicing general surgery, orthopedics, OB, and total ER, hospital and nursing home responsibilities. A huge need was in that county.

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