William Lane Tozier, PhD, MPH, PA-C

Allied Health Staff Officer in the US Army Command

Chief, Physician Assistant Section
PA Consultant to the Surgeon General

Class of 1976 
Induction: 2005


William Lane Tozier is a 1976 graduate of the Duke University Physician Assistant Program. Colonel Tozier’s thirty-three years of military and medical service began at the California National Guard in 1972; he served in the North Carolina National Guard while attending the Duke PA Program. Upon graduation he moved to Idaho and was the first PA in the 2/116th Armored Cavalry Regiment and he was promoted to Specialist Fifth Class to Warrant Officer. During that time he developed the Medic Handbook, served as President of the AAPA House of Delegates from 1980-81, and was one of the founders of the Idaho Academy of PAs. In 1982 he entered Active Duty as Chief Warrant Officer Two at Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he completed the Air Assault Course, earned the Expert Field Medical Badge, and was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Three. In 1985 he was named Aeromedical Physician Assistant of the Year. In 1988 he received his Master of Public Health degree in Occupational Medicine from the University of Oklahoma. In 2005, he was named the Duke PA Program’s Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

Colonel Tozier’s extensive clinical, military and administrative experiences led him to serve the US Army in various capacities in Honduras, Germany, Iraq and Korea. In 1999 he earned the Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Denver. He held the position of Academic Coordinator and PA Branch Chief for the Department of Medical Science in the Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP) at Fort Sam Houston, was appointed Department of Defense Representative to the National Commission on Certification for Physician Assistants and served three terms as President of the Army IPAP Selection Board.

Colonel Tozier is presently assigned to US Army Medical Command (AMSC), Clinical Services Division, as an Allied Health Officer in Health Services and Policy. He is also the PA Consultant to the Surgeon General and AMSC Assistant Chief for PAs.