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Chief Clinical Consultant for
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More About Gary M. Cole

CAPT Cole has served in the US Navy, Army, Air Force, and US Public Health Service over the past 33 years and as a PA for 24 years. His first job out of PA school was in Rural Alaska and after tours with the Air Force he joined the US Public Health Service in 1997. Cole has served in a variety of leadership capacities to include twice as the President of the Public Health Service Chapter for the American Academy of Physician Assistants and as Chair of the PHS Physician Assistant Professional Advisory Group.

He has always had a keen interest in medicine which was originally fostered from Scouting and later in military service. This interest was furthered in the US Public Health in his work with different agencies and with regional and national emergency response teams before coming to the Indian Health Service. His concentration of focus as a Physician Assistant has been in Family Practice, Emergence Medicine, and Rural Health. US Public Health has deployed him to various hurricane response efforts and most recently to the South Pacific aboard the USNS Mercy for a multinational Humanitarian Mission.

CAPT Cole has a commitment to helping others in and out of his chosen career field as a Physician Assistant. His daily focus and devotion is providing clinical care for Native Americans in the Phoenix area. "I feel this is best accomplished through turning and listening to your patients, staying sharp and current, and through the enjoyment derived in working with your fellow workers in the course of your duties. Hearing about the challenges and acting upon the concerns of our fellow Physician Assistants, will aid in both the recruitment and retention of devoted professionals, which in turn leads to improved and better care for our American Indian and Alaskan Native patients".

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