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James Cannon, MS, PhD, PA-C (Psy) CAQ, DFAAPA

Psych Congress Steering Committee Member; Associate Professor, A.T. Still University Mesa, Arizona; Managing Partner, Assure Wellness Group, Pathways Recovery Center & Comprehensive Mental Health

James Cannon, DHA, MBA, PA-C, of Chesapeake, Virginia, is a primary care and psychiatric certified Physician Assistant (PA) who works in a rural inpatient and outpatient hospital-based setting. Dr. Cannon is a recently retired United States Coast Guard Officer with 31 years of military service, where he was a healthcare executive and practicing PA. He is the immediate past chairman of the board of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, where he served eight years as a director at large at the only certifying body for 100,000 PAs nationwide.

Dr. Cannon received his PA training and Master of Science from the Arizona School of Health Sciences/A. T. Still University, and also holds a Master of Business Administration and a doctorate in health care administration. He is a certified PA with a Certificate of Added Qualification in Psychiatry.

In addition to authoring numerous articles in medical journals and books, Dr. Cannon works with several professional groups, including the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Virginia Association of PAs, and the 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. He is the first and only PA on the Board of Trustees for South Hampton Memorial Hospital in Franklin, Virginia.

Dr. Cannon and his wife reside in Chesapeake, Virginia, with two dogs, while his daughter attends the University of Texas, in Arlington.