As the 2013 Paragon Award for Outstanding Physician Assistant of the Year, Jeff Callard demonstrates exemplary service to the profession and the community while advancing the image of all Physician Assistants.
A graduate of Bridgeport High School, Jeff attended Alma College and Western Michigan University to prepare for a career as a Physician Assistant (PA). Since 1988, Callard has developed into a dedicated leader, building key alliances and cultivating the next generation of clinicians. After settling on a specialization in emergency medicine, Jeff pursued various leadership roles, first with the Michigan Academy of Physicians Assistants and later as a leader of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He was also a founding member of the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants in 1991. Thanks to Callard’s guidance, PAs and physicians now work together regularly on legislative issues that affect emergency medicine healthcare providers. He was the educational coordinator for PA students at Hurley Medical Center, McLaren Regional Medical Center, and is currently the coordinator at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor.
In addition to his clinical duties at St. Joseph’s Mercy Ann Arbor, Jeff continues to reach out into the communities to promote preventive care – ironically, so people don’t have to visit him in the ER in the first place!
Callard is very humble when asked about his accomplishments and points to the people he works with as integral to his success. “This award doesn’t represent what I did. It represents what everybody did for me. I went to a lot of meetings and my fellow PAs had to cover my shifts while I was gone. Its’ the people I worked with who taught me to be a better leader and better PA.”
Jeff Callard is the son of Barbara and Leonard Callard. He lives in Fenton with wife, Penny and daughters Abigail and Victoria.