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John Bradford, MPAS, PA-C, Named 2024 NCCPA Board Chair

In Commitment to Advancing the PA Profession, Bradford Brings Diverse Clinical Experience and Global Health Perspective.

John Bradford, MPAS, PA-C, brings extensive experience in rural and global health as he assumes the role of 2024 NCCPA Board Chair.

Over his career, Bradford has dedicated his skills to improving health in low resource areas across the globe. He has gained diverse clinical experience in urgent care, internal medicine, occupational and emergency medicine while his practice has taken him to rural areas of Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and Hawaii.

“I have seen firsthand the impact PAs can have in providing essential health services,” Bradford said, “and I am proud to be a part of a profession dedicated to improving health for all.”

Bradford’s journey to becoming a PA began at Montana State University, where he earned a nursing degree. He then went on to obtain a Master’s degree from the Utah Physician Assistant Program (UPAP) at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

Bradford, of Missoula, Mont., currently splits his time between clinics in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., and the Prudhoe Bay region of Alaska.

In 2018, Bradford joined the NCCPA Board of Directors as the PA Director at Large and worked to advocate for the PA profession and promote the highest standards of patient care. Last year, he served on the nccPA Health Foundation Board, where he participated in their Grant Review Team and Mental Health Workgroup.

Bradford’s passion for assisting those in need has led him to some of the most remote regions on five continents. He served as a Peace Corps Medical Officer in Africa, providing essential medical care to Peace Corps Volunteers and U.S. State Department personnel in Malawi, Namibia and The Gambia.

“More and more, health care and the PA profession are impacted by changes in our communities and our world,” Bradford said.

He has also worked in Edinburgh, Scotland; Kabul, Afghanistan; the Pacific islands of Midway and Shemya; and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Solomon Islands. Bradford also joined the Fall 2018 voyage of the MV World Odyssey and Semester at Sea, serving as a Medical Officer on board.

“We as a profession must respond to the impact of worsening health care inequalities and our responsibility to the environment in ways that are both useful now, and which look to the future. I look forward to these challenges in the next year.”

To learn more about Bradford and members of the NCCPA Board, visit nccpa.net/leadership.