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Emily De Leon

Major Emily De León, DSc, MPAS, PA-C, is a General Surgery PA currently stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada. She graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Sciences (psychology). During her Air Force career, she has been stationed at 8 bases from coast to coast and has deployed twice. One of her most memorable assignments was when she was stationed at the Pentagon working with Wounded Warriors, which ultimately inspired her to pursue medicine. She attended the military’s PA school (IPAP) and graduated with second Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She recently completed her Doctorate of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Baylor University as well as her Surgical PA Fellowship at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. Prior to becoming a Surgical PA, she was a Primary Care Manager in family medicine for 3 years.

While in PA school, she met her husband Andrew and they have three beautiful children, Mason, Jaxson, & Charlotte and one rescue German Shephard, Ranger. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family. She enjoys teaching and is a preceptor for PA students in the IPAP program, surgical residents, and family medicine residents during their surgery clinical rotations at Nellis AFB. 


Bachelors of Science, US Air Force Academy, CO, 2008

Bachelors of Science, IPAP (Ft Sam Houston), 2016

Masters of Physician Assistant Studies, IPAP (Nellis AFB), 2017

Doctorate of Science, Baylor University, 2022


    - Seymour Johnson AFB, NC, 2008-2011: multiple Personnel (MPS) & services (FSS) positions culminating as Flight Commander and Wing Chief of Protocol (former Force Support Officer) with a deployment to the CAOC, Qatar as Deputy Chief of Protocol for AFCENT

    - The Pentagon, Washington D.C., 2011-2014: Mortuary & Casualty policy, Protocol policy, and Executive Officer for HQ/A1S with a deployment to Djibouti, Africa as the J1 for SOCFWD-EA

    - Ft Sam Houston, TX, 2014-2016: Phase 1 Student; IPASS Secretary, IPASS Vice President

    - Nellis AFB, NV, 2016-2017: Phase 2 Student

    - Beale AFB, CA, 2017-2020: Family Medicine PA-C, Element Leader, 42G Functional, and PSCM Team Chief

    - Ft Sam Houston, TX, 2020-2022: General Surgery Fellow, honorary IPAP faculty

    - Nellis AFB, NV, 2022-present: Surgical PA, Element Leader, Alt 42G Functional, WIT, and IPAP Phase 2 surgery preceptor


    Meritorious Service Medal

    Joint Service Commendation Medal

    Air and Space Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster

    Air and Space Achievement Medal

    Army Achievement Medal 

    9th MDG FGO of the Quarter: Jan-Mar 2019

    9th MDOS FGO of the Quarter: Oct-Dec 2018, Jan-Mar 2019, & Apr-Jun 2019

    AFMS Trusted Care Hero Team Award, fall 2017 (9th MDG)

    HAF/A1 and HAF/A1S CGO of the Quarter: Apr-Jun 2014

    Junior Officer of the Quarter SOCFWD-EA (deployed): Jan-Mar 2014

    4th FSS CGO of the Quarter: Jan-Mar 2011


    American Academy of Physician Assistants

    American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants


    2009 - CAOC, Al Udeid AB, Qatar

    2013 - Special Operations Command Forward - East Africa, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti

    Society of Air Force Physician Assistants is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 2400 McCullough Ave. PO Box 12282, San Antonio, Tx, 78212

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