John J. McQueary, PA

Chief Operating Officer/Administrative Director
Centre Medical and Surgical Associates, P.C.
State College, Pennsylvania

Class of 1968 
Induction: 2007


John McQueary is a graduate of North Carolina Central University (BA, Education Administration), Durham, NC and Duke University Physician Assistant Program, Durham, NC.  Mr. McQueary served in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1963 and began his medical career in the Navy’s Hospital Corps School and independent duty school.  He was deployed with the amphibious fleet out of Little Creek, Virginia and served as a medical corpsman with naval special warfare operations.  He was among the first graduates of the Duke University Physician Assistant Program and following graduation in April 1968 continued on the faculty and in administrative roles with the Program.  Since 1981, he has served as the Chief Operating Officer and Administrative Director of Centre Medical and Surgical Associates, P.C., a large multi-specialty group practice in State College, Pennsylvania.

Mr. McQueary began his physician assistant career at Duke on the Clinical Research Unit.  After completion of his physician assistant degree, he accepted the role of Clinical Instruction Coordinator of the Physician Assistant Program (1970) and later joined the faculty as an Associate in the Department of Community Health Sciences (1974).  While on the faculty, John taught courses in clinical diagnosis by laboratory methods and clinical diagnostic procedures, and held the position of Assistant Director of Education for the Physician Assistant Program.

While working to build the Physician Assistant Program at Duke, John also pioneered the physician assistant concept at the national level.  He organized the first meeting of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and served as President of the American Academy of Physician Assistants for two terms (1970-1972).  During his tenure, the first Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants was published, and he established the first student chapters at Duke and Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia. John was instrumental in organizing the first national conference for physician assistants and in promoting the PA concept to groups such as the American Group Practice Association and the American Medical Association.  John served as President of the National Renal Administrators Association (1981-82) and is recognized as a founding leader of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.