Professor Lombardo received his
initial Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
After working as an adolescent counselor he was accepted into the first physician
assistant class at Stony Brook University and graduated from the inaugural
PA class in 1973 as the school’s valedictorian. In 1974 he joined the
faculty of the Stony Brook PA Program, becoming chair of the department in
1983. Paul then completed his master’s degree with a concentration in
health care administration at New School University in NYC. He has worked
clinically in occupational and employee health and completed an advanced emergency
Professor Lombardo is responsible for overall administration of the program,
including program self-evaluation and faculty/staff coordination. He teaches
across several disciplines and is responsible for problem-based learning
instruction and the Professional Issues course, as well as coordinating
the Ophthalmology and Nephrology units of clinical medicine. Paul is a recipient
of the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the New York State Society
of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) and a Distinguished Service Award from
the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Paul has represented the physician assistant profession on many national
and state committees dealing with health policy and has authored several
articles related to the profession. Professor Lombardo was a contributing
author to the first textbook specifically written for physician assistants.
He is a past-president of the AAPA, Association of Physician Assistant Programs
(APAP), Physician Assistant Foundation (PAF), and NYSSPA.
In the PA profession’s leadership arena Paul is the only PA to have
served as the President of the AAPA, APAP, and the PAF. In addition to elected
office, Professor Lombardo has chaired numerous committees and task forces.
Among these are the AAPA Leadership Task Force, the APAP Development Committee,
the AAPA Task Force on Recruitment and Retention, and the PAF and APAP Nominating
Committees. He has also served a board member for the Accreditation Review
Commission for PA Education (ARC-PA) and AAPA Liaison to the National Association
of Advisors for the Health Professions. He is currently a member of the
University Faculty Senate and APAP BOD. Professor Lombardo has a particular
interest in promoting leadership and international health opportunities
in the profession.
During his free time Paul enjoys sailing, canoeing, bike riding, the theater,
and family activities. He is often engaged in philanthropic activities and
enjoys working with people from all walks of life, learning about diverse
cultures and traveling to new places.