Physician Assistant Studies

Visiting Professors

Lieutenant Commander John Conza 

MSC, MHS, USN, PA-C

After many years as a Navy Corpsman he made the decision in 1999 to take his medical skills to a higher level and become a Physician Assistant. He attended the School of Physician Assistant Studies at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Graduated in 2001 with a Masters of Health Science degree. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a Naval Medical Service Corps Officer. His first duty station was in Newport RI working in a family practice clinic. During his time as a primary care provider in Newport RI, he developed an interest in Orthopedics. In 2003 he was accepted to attend the Navy's Physician Assistant Orthopedic fellowship program. After graduating from this unique fellowship program he was assigned as a Navy Physician Assistant practices as an Orthopedic Physician Assistant.
He has made numerous deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. He has received numerous combat award s for valor and currently is the President Elect of the Naval Association of Physician Assistants. LCDR Conza presented a workshop for our PA students on orthopedic emergencies and focusing on assessment and management in primary care settings.