FJ Gino Gianola, MA, PA, DFAAPA
Lecturer, Family Medicine
Interim Director Anchorage Campus

Phone: 907 786 5481

Biographical Profile

I was born in Seattle and attended public school, and graduated from high school in 1965. Shortly thereafter, I joined the Army went to basic training, then to basic medic school, then to a one year medical training. Shortly after medical training I was sent to Vietnam assigned to an evacuation hospital in the Mekong Delta south of Saigon in the post-op intensive care unit. After Vietnam I was sent to Turkey for one year. While in Vietnam I heard through the grapevine there was a new profession being developed at the University of Washington called MEDEX in Seattle, and they recruiting military veterans. When I left the Army I applied to the MEDEX program and was accepted after 3 attempts. While I was applying to MEDEX four friends and I founded Country Doctor Community Clinic. After graduating MEDEX I worked at Country Doctor Community Clinic and worked as a clinical faculty. In 1979 I was offered a position at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda MD as the first PA to be hired by the National Institutes of Health. I returned to Seattle in 1989 and help start the AIDS Clinical Trial Unit at the UW. In 1992 I joined the faculty of MEDEX full time and work for many years as Clinical Coordinator. When I moved to DC, one reason in addition to the position to the NCI was that I had met a young woman who was on vacation in Seattle and lived in Washington DC; Esther and I married in 1980 had my first son Gabriel and our second son Mich in 1984.

My formal educational experience is highlighted by my interest in bioethics. In 1999 I attended a week long Summer Seminar In Clinical Ethics sponsored by the UW Department of Bioethics and Humanities. After the summer course, a formal one year course for a Certificate in Healthcare Ethics was offered and I completed the course in 2000. Since completing the certificate program I have taught bioethics to MEDEX students and worked in the Department of Bioethics and Humanities teaching in the summer Basic Research Integrity Program. My passion for bioethics has propelled me into the Master of Arts in Bioethics and Humanities program that was completed in late 2013.

Teaching Interests & Roles

Admission is the most important aspect of my opportunities for both MEDEX Northwest PA applicants and MD applicants.As member of the Executive Committee for Admission for the School of Medicine the people impacted by selection of a student to be healthcare provider both PAs and MDs,the individual selected, but also all the patient they will see in a life time can be an overwhelming thought but it is too important not to think about from time to time.

Published Articles





Veterans as physician assistants. Brock D, Evans T, Garcia D, Bester V, Gianola FJ JAAPA 2015
Education of military veterans in physician assistant programs. Michaud E, Jacques PF, Gianola FJ, Harbert K J Physician Assist Educ 2015
The military veteran to physician assistant pathway: building the primary care workforce. Brock D, Bolon S, Wick K, Harbert K, Jacques P, Evans T, Abdullah A, Gianola FJ Acad Med 2013
The physician assistant profession and military veterans. Brock DM, Wick KH, Evans TC, Gianola FJ Mil Med 2011
The ethics of using placebos for diagnosis and treatment in clinical practice. Gianola FJ JAAPA 2009
Terminating your professional relationship with a patient. Gianola FJ JAAPA 2009
The physician assistant's professional obligations and the values of faith. Gianola FJ JAAPA 2008
Beneficence versus maleficence: can this PA participate in an execution? Gianola FJ JAAPA 2008
When a competent elderly man refuses nursing home placement. Gianola FJ JAAPA 2008
Confidentiality, trust, and sexually transmitted infections. Gianola FJ JAAPA 2007
The duty to treat and the realities of the 21st century. Gianola FJ JAAPA 2007
Is "reparative" therapy in the best interest of the patient? Gianola FJ JAAPA 2007
Who is responsible for the patient's adherence to treatment? Gianola FJ JAAPA 2007
Public safety versus patient interest: which to choose? Gianola FJ JAAPA 2007
Working across the boundaries of health professions disciplines in education, research, and service: the University of Washington experience. Mitchell PH, Belza B, Schaad DC, Robins LS, Gianola FJ, Odegard PS, Kartin D, Ballweg RA Acad Med 2006
The case of Ms. C. Gianola FJ JAAPA 2006
The case of Mr. S. Gianola FJ JAAPA 2005
The case of Ms. R. Gianola FJ JAAPA 2004
A practical, case-based approach to health care ethics--and the case of Mr. T. Gianola FJ JAAPA 2004
Pharmacokinetic evaluations of low- and high-dose zidovudine plus high-dose acyclovir in patients with symptomatic human immunodeficiency virus infection. Tartaglione TA, Collier AC, Opheim K, Gianola FG, Benedetti J, Corey L Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 1991