Class of 1967
Victor Germino is a member of the first class of physician assistants trained at Duke. He completed his BA from Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri and graduate coursework in the MPA Program at Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA.
Mr. Germino's 40 year career as a PA was heavily influenced by the visions of Dr. Eugene Stead and Dr. Harvey Estes, two of his mentors in the PA Program who both felt strongly that the key role for PAs at that time was to provide direct care, particularly in underserved areas and for underserved populations.
Experiences as a navy corpsman and clinical research experiences with Dr. William Anlyan and Dr. Del Stickel on renal transplantation led Mr. Germino to the PA Program. As a PA, he has had a number of roles in clinical research. At Duke, he worked with Dr. Kaye Kilburn coordinating the NC Byssinosis Project, participating in fieldwork as well as in hyperbaric medicine. He was the Surgical Research Lab Coordinator for Dr. John Grant at the Durham VA Medical Center, where the research focused on identifying and preventing rejection after intestinal and liver transplantation. Mr. Germino was a Research PA at the Research Triangle Institute, assisting in protocol development and implementation and advising sites on patient management issues for Dr. Tony Fauci's NIH AIDS Clinical Trials project in the 1980's, and later worked as a clinical regulatory compliance auditor for ClinTrials, Inc. in the Research Triangle Park.
As one of the first PAs commissioned as a warrant officer in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1974, he provided primary medical care to Coast Guard personnel and their families at Coast Guard bases in Kodiak, Alaska and Clearwater, Florida, while participating in search and rescue teams. He was based for three years in Seattle, WA serving as the only medical officer on the icebreaker, USCG Polar Sea, making a number of trips to the Arctic and Antarctic. During this time he participated in search and rescue operations, administered emergency/trauma care and served as project medical officer for the National Science Foundation International Antarctic Inspection Team in 1980, participating in polar research studies during Arctic and Antarctic Deep Freeze projects.
Other global clinical experiences included providing occupational and emergency medical services to workers at a Shell Oil North Slope oil drilling camp while managing day to day camp operations; and working in Uzbekistan providing occupational, emergency and primary care to American workers, expatriates, Uzbekistan nationals and their families at the world's largest open pit gold mining and processing project.
Throughout his career, Mr. Germino served the communities where he and his family lived on EMS committees and councils, a governor's committee on environmental affairs, and critical incident stress debriefing teams. He has numerous Sikorsky awards in recognition of lifesaving rescues in his work as a search and rescue team member. As the PA on two large construction projects, Mr. Germino received the Hugh K. Coble project excellence award for exceptional safety results and low lost time accidents. As a member of the Class of 1967, Mr. Germino received an award for 25 years of dedicated service from the Duke PA Program.