Physician Assistant in Addiction Medicine
Addiction Medicine with Dr. James Finch
Class of 1981
Daniel Mattingly graduated magna cum laude from the Duke Physician Assistant Program in 1981, where he served as an officer in the Stead Society. Prior to becoming a physician assistant Daniel Mattingly served as a military corpsman in Vietnam, where he witnessed the devastating effects of heroin addiction on the lives of fellow soldiers and as a PA student, he observed the tolls of alcoholism and cigarette smoking. Mr. Mattingly has devoted his career to caring for addicted and mentally ill patients, and to educating PAs, physicians, other health professionals and the public about addictive diseases.
For 18 years Mr. Mattingly served as Medical Coordinator of Substance Abuse Services at The Durham Center in Durham, NC. Along with clinical and administrative responsibilities, he instructed and precepted Duke PA students and medical and nursing students in the classroom and on clinical rotations. During this time he also served on the faculty of the Medical Specialists Program (Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) Training System, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services). He was involved in curriculum development and he presented training programs throughout the U.S. for physicians, PAs and dentists to improve prevention skills in the areas of alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems. It was also during this time that he became a charter member of the Health Committee of the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA).
In 1999 Mr. Mattingly became the first PA to join the staff of a program for impaired PAs and physicians, the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (NCPHP). NCPHP is one of the nation’s premier programs for doctors and PAs who are impaired by substance use disorders, mental and physical illness, and the aging process, with the goal of rehabilitation and return to productive careers and lives, while protecting the public from providers who are not able to practice medicine safely.
Mr. Mattingly has served in leadership roles with the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the North Carolina Medical Society, the NCPHP Board of Directors, the Society of Physician Assistants in Addiction Medicine, and the AIDS Clinical Trials Program, Department of Infectious Disease, Duke University Medical Center. He has contributed to the medical literature on physician assistant impairment, and co-authored an online training program for PAs who volunteer to serve as mentors for recovering PA colleagues. Mr. Mattingly has the Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership as a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Physicians Health Program (1996), and a Service Award for Dedication and Outstanding Service to the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (1994).