A member of our Emergency/Trauma team, Shawn Thompson, DSc, PA-C, is a doctor of science and board certified physician assistant, specializing in Emergency Medicine. A retired military medical officer, Shawn brings extensive experience to his position, having cared for soldiers in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1993 and worked as a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) specialist for 11 years before attending the Interservice Physician Assistant Program (IPAP) earning both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in PA studies from the University of Nebraska. After graduating he was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division at Ft. Benning, GA. In addition to primary care medicine, Shawn spent 15 months in Iraq responsible for coordinating medical assets at three separate combat outposts and point of injury care during numerous combat operations. Subsequently he was assigned to the U.S. Army Ranger School. He was sole medical officer for the school’s Ft. Benning phase and later, as the senior medical officer, was responsible for coordinating medical care for the thousands of students attending annually at three geographically separate locations. In 2013, Shawn completed his Doctor of Science in Emergency Medicine PA Studies at Baylor University, Ft. Sam Houston. He moved to Ft. Bliss, TX, joining the emergency department at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. While at William Beaumont he spent a period of several months as the Officer in Charge of the 31st Combat Support Hospital’s Level II trauma center in Kabul, Afghanistan. Returning from the war zone he was named assistant professor and program director for the U.S. Army-Baylor University Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency program, a post he held prior to joining Trinity Health. He’s board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and certified in advanced trauma, pediatric, and cardiac life support.
An emergency medicine physician receives training to care for patients with acute illnesses or injuries requiring immediate medical attention. While not providing long-term or continuing care, they diagnose a variety of illnesses and undertake various interventions to stabilize patients.