James Cannon, DHA, MBA, PA-C, (Psy) CAQ, MS, DFAAPA of Chesapeake, Va., is a hospital medicine and psychiatric PA who works in a rural inpatient and outpatient hospital based setting. He recently retired as senior officer from the U.S. Coast Officer with 31 years of military service where he was a healthcare executive and practicing PA. He is a former chairman of the board of the NCCPA, where he as served for 8 years as a director at large, on the only certifying body for 110,000 PAs nationwide.
Dr. Cannon received his PA training and Masters of Science from the Arizona School of Health Sciences/A. T. Still University in addition to holding a Masters of Business Administration and a doctorate in health care administration/policy. He is a distinguished fellow of the AAPA, certified in primary care and psychiatry.
In addition to authoring numerous articles in medical journals and books, Dr. Cannon works with several professional groups, including the American Academy of PAs, Virginia Association of PAs, and Association of PAs in Psychiatry. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of A.T. Still University as the only non-physician/dentist director. In this role he helps guide the envisioned future of the 125 year founding school of Osteopathy. Most recently, he was also appointed to the Board of Trustees for South Hampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin, VA and Board of Directors for the Virginia Association of PAs as a director at large.
James and his wife reside in Chesapeake, VA with two dogs while his daughter is attending college in Texas.