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 Lindsay Johnston

Lindsay Johnston is a Physician Assistant (PA), Chief of Medical Policy and Analysis, 711 HPW, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. As the Chief of Medical Policy and Analysis she leads a diverse team redesigning the USAF's base operational medicine clinic workflows, IT interfaces, improves evidence-based medical processes, and works to standardize service member healthcare delivery in support of the AF/SG established medical Program Office. She also provides medical care for the flying community in the flight medicine clinic.

Johnston was born in Cheyenne, Wyo. and entered the Air Force in January 2012 under the Health Profession Scholarship Program (HPSP). She swore in for active duty upon graduation from PA school March 2013. She has been assigned to Joint Base San Antonio (JBSA) Texas, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) Elmendorf, Alaska, and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.


2002 Bachelor of Science Degree, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo.

2011 Master of Public Health- Epidemiology and Biostatistics, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

2013 Master of Science Physician Assistant Studies, South University, Savannah, Ga.

2013 Commissioned Officer Training, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

2015 Biomedical Officer Management Orientation, Ft Sam Houston, San Antonio, Tex.

2016 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

2020 Air Force Operational Medicine 101/102, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Oh.

2020 Aerospace Medicine Primary 201/202, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Oh.

2020 Air Command and Staff College. Air University (online)


January 2012 – March 2013, Student, Master of Science Physician Assistant Studies, South University, Savannah, Ga.

July 2013 – August 2013, Commissioned Officers Training, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala.

August 2013 - October 2015, Physician Assistant, JBSA, Texas.

Oct 2015 – Nov 2019, Physician Assistant, JBER Elmendorf, AFB, Anchorage, Alaska

Nov 2019 – Present, Chief Medical Policy and Analysis, Wright-Patterson, AFB, Dayton, Ohio


2014 2nd quarter Company Grade Officer (CGO) of the Wing JBSA Lackland AFB, TX

2020 Jerrold L. Wheaton Award


“Assessing Physicians’ in Training Attitudes and Behaviors During the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Season: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Medical Students and Residents in an Urban Academic Setting,” Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses, June 2010

“H1N1 Preventative Health Behaviors in a University Setting,” Journal of American College Health, December 2011

“Spread of Vaccinia Through Shaving During Military Training, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX,” Medical Surveillance Monthly Reports, August 2014

“Epidemiology, microbiology, and antibiotic susceptibility patterns of skin and soft tissue infections, Joint Base San. Antonio–Lackland, Texas, 2012– 2014,” Medical Surveillance Monthly Reports, July 2015

“A Lesion Near the Eye,” Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, September 2015

“The Measurement of Agreement in Medical Research: A Permutation Statistical Approach,” Internal Medicine Review, 2017

“Permutation Methods: Part II,” WIREs: Computational Statistics, February 2018


American Association of Physician Assistants


Second Lieutenant January 20, 2012

First Lieutenant May 15, 2013

Captain May 15, 2015

Major June 1, 2020

(Current as of Aug 2020)

Society of Air Force Physician Assistants is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. P.O. Box. 340362, Ft Sam Houston, TX 78234

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