Keynote Speaker 2013

Memorial Day Ceremony 2013, Washington, DC

Keynote Speaker


Kenneth P. Moritsugu, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M., Rear Admiral, USPHS (Retired)
Vice President, Global Professional Education and Strategic Relations
Johnson & Johnson Family of Diabetes Companies
WorldWide Chairman
The Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institutes


Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu is Vice President for Global Professional Education and Strategic Relations for Johnson & Johnson’s Family of Diabetes Companies, as well as WorldWide Chairman of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institutes, a global initiative to provide awareness and training in state-of-the-art science, information, and technology relevant to diabetes prevention, awareness, diagnosis, and treatment.

Rear Admiral Kenneth Moritsugu was the Acting Surgeon General of the United States, in 2002 and again from July 2006 until his retirement from the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service in September 2007.  As Acting Surgeon General, he served as the nation’s top doctor, communicating the best available science and information to the American people to help protect, promote, and advance their health and safety.  He was also the operational commander of the 6,500 Commissioned Corps health personnel of the U.S. Public Health Service.

As of October 1, 1998, he served as the Deputy Surgeon General of the United States.  A career officer in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service for 37 years, Admiral Moritsugu held the position of Assistant Surgeon General since 1988, beginning with the tenure of Surgeon General C. Everett Koop.

Dr. Moritsugu was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  After attending Chaminade College for two years, he received his Baccalaureate Degree with Honors in Classical Languages from the University of Hawaii in 1967, a Medical Doctor degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1971, and a Master of Public Health in Health Administration and Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975.

Dr. Moritsugu is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine; holds Fellowships in the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Royal Society of Public Health, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the National Academy of Public Administration; and is a Certified Correctional Health Professional.

Over his public career, RADM Moritsugu served in many diverse assignments in uniform, including Staff Medical Officer at the USPHS Hospital Outpatient Department in San Francisco; Medical Officer on board the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney (Ocean Station Bravo); Director of the National Health Service Corps; and Assistant Bureau Director and the Medical Director of the U.S. Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Prisons, in addition to Deputy Surgeon General.

Admiral Moritsugu has received numerous honors and awards, including the Surgeon General's Medallion with two gold stars, twelve honorary degrees, and Distinguished Service Medals from the USPHS, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Also an educator, Dr. Moritsugu is an Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Dr. Moritsugu has been a leader in the physician assistant profession since his tenure as Director of the Division of Medicine of the DHHS.  He was appointed a Lifetime Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, and of the Veterans Caucus of the AAPA.  After several terms on the board of the Physician Assistant Foundation, he received the distinction of Emeritus Trustee.

Dr. Moritsugu lost his wife, Donna Lee Jones Moritsugu, in an automobile accident in 1992, and his daughter Vikki Lianne in a separate automobile accident in 1996. Both were organ and tissue donors.  Dr. Moritsugu resides in Great Falls, VA with his wife, Lisa R. Kory.  He has two daughters, Erika Lizabeth Moritsugu, an attorney in Washington, DC; and Emily Renee Moritsugu.



Updated January 2013


FEDERAL REGISTER – Camp Legune – Jan 13, 2017

FEDERAL REGISTER – Camp Legune – Jan 13, 2017

Diseases Associated With Exposure to Contaminants in the Water Supply at Camp Lejeune

82 FR 4173 - A Rule by the Veterans Affairs Department published on 01/13/2017

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations regarding presumptive service connection, adding certain diseases associated with contaminants present in the base water supply at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune (Camp Lejeune), North Carolina, from August 1, 1953, to December 31, 1987. This final rule establishes that veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members, who served at Camp Lejeune for no less than 30 days (consecutive or...  SEE LINK ABOVE FOR COMPLETE INFORMATION


Lifetime Membership

Lifetime Membership Availability

The Board of Directors has approved the option for Lifetime Membership to the Veterans Caucus for a limit period of time for the following categories: Fellow, Affiliate and Associate Members. See the Membership menu option for further information. Effective 1/1/2015 the Lifetime Membership fee will be $300.00. (11/9/2010)

Caucus or Not to Caucus?

Caucus or Not to Caucus?

What is a “caucus” and what do they do? Webster’s defines “Caucus” as 1) part of a legislative process; 2) any meeting or group organized to further a special interest or cause. The AAPA has several Special Interest Caucuses who support various issues. So AAPA members who are veterans, friends or family of veterans, care for veterans, or are simply interested in veteran’s health or any veteran’s issues are eligible to become a member of the Veteran’s Caucus (known from this point as “the Caucus”) of the AAPA.

To read more: Caucus or Not to Caucus?

Women in Uniform Print

Women in Uniform

New in the Veterans Caucus Store

a signed, numbered print of "Women in Uniform" by artist Don Pedersen, PA.  The print is 18"x24" and perfect for framing. A limited number are available at this time.

It celebrates the many roles played by women over the years in service to their country. The print has been signed by many women veterans.

Offered in the Veterans Caucus Store for $75.00 (including S&H). $50.00 of each sale with be donated to the efforts to expand and upgrade the John McElligott Veterans Memorial Garden at the Eugene A. Stead, Jr. Center for Physician Assistants located in Durham, NC.



Effective immediately, the Veterans Caucus is offering free membership to ALL veterans enrolled in a Physician Assistant Training program. Use this link to JOIN US.

The Veterans Caucus hopes this will become the start of a long realtionship between the Caucus and you.

Frederick C. Brace, III, PA-C, DFAAPA
Veterans Caucus of the AAPA

Date posted 1/25/2016

Veterans Garden Pavers

Subject:  Purchase a Paver to Honor PA Veterans and PAs in the Uniformed Services

Donation of brick for Bubba Gwinn scanned info.pdf page 1
On October 15, 2016, landscaping and construction will begin to upgrade the Veteran Memorial Garden at the Eugene A. Stead, Jr. Center for Physician Assistants into a place of remembrance for Physician Assistants who are veterans or who are currently serving in the uniformed services of the USA.   The PA History Society welcomes all to become a part of this wonderful event by purchasing name engraved brick pavers to be embedded in the wheelchair accessible walkway and the patio area surrounding the life-size bronze combat medic statue and flagpole, the centerpiece of the garden. 

  Beginning July 1st 2016 through October 1, 2016 we are offering the opportunity to purchase a 9x9 inch named engraved brick pavers to PAs who are veterans or who are on active duty for $100 each.  We have the capacity to embed 400 pavers in the sidewalk and patio, so please do not delay in purchasing pavers so that your name or that of someone you want to honor is displayed prominently in the garden.  The insignia of your branch of service, name and date of service can be engraved on the paver.  For more information on this project, and to  order your pavers, please visit  the PA History Website at