John J. Davis, PA-C

John J. DavisPhysician Assistant

Department of Veterans Affairs
Memphis, Tennessee

Class of 1973 
Induction: 2002


Mr. Davis currently works in ambulatory care and coordinates the Hypertension Screening and Treatment Program for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Memphis, TN. Prior to entering the Duke PA Program, Mr. Davis served in the Air Force and worked as an LPN for the Durham Veterans Administration Hospital. Since graduation, he has worked in family and internal medicine specialties in a variety of settings in Florida and Tennessee. He is an officer in the Tennessee Army National Guard Medical Detachment and recent graduate of the University of Memphis.

While in Florida, Mr. Davis helped charter the Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. In addition, he worked in a family medicine clinic serving medically disadvantaged individuals. He also served as president and a member of several community agencies, and raised funds to repair homes and provide over 15 tons of food and other commodities for low income families. As a member of the Memphis Chapter of the National Lupus Foundation, Mr. Davis has provided health education classes on lupus, hypertension, and AIDS prevention to various church and community groups.

Professionally, Mr. Davis has been recognized for his charter work in minority and multicultural affairs. He is especially recognized for his role as national coordinator of Project Access, an outreach program for minority high school programs. Mr. Davis has served on the boards of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), the Tennessee Academy of Physician Assistants (TAPA), and been a member of the AAPA’s House of Delegates. He has chaired or been a member of numerous professional committees. He is currently an AAPA Liaison to the National High Blood Pressure Education Coordinating Committee of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Mr. Davis received the American Academy of Physician Assistant Public Education Achievement Award (1994) and the Outstanding Service Award from the Department of Veteran Affairs (1995). He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Duke University Physician Assistant Program in 1999 for his continued professional, clinical service and leadership roles, especially for promoting the PA concept to minorities and his work with disadvantaged citizens of Florida and Tennessee.