Pahoa Family Health Center
Class of 1975
Dan Domizio was born and raised in New York City. After graduating from The City College of New York, he joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to a small Island in Micronesia and spent three years there as a “Health Generalist.” This experience established a pattern of being a developer of health services in isolated circumstances, and later, a career as a PA who would travel widely to deliver services and develop health care systems.
After two trips around the world, Mr. Domizio took a clinical position at Duke in 1972 in graduated from the Duke PA Program in 1975. He and his wife re-joined the Peace Corps and went to the Eastern Caribbean where he was the only provider of care to a small island community. They returned to North Carolina where he joined the Duke PA Program as clinical coordinator, where he was instrumental in developing clinical rotations sites in medically underserved areas.
Mr. Domizio earned a Master’s degree in Public Health administration from the University of North Carolina in 1982, and set off again, this time to Central America. This was followed by work in Papua New Guinea, and then in Arizona on the Navajo Reservation where he was awarded a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant for program development in Women’s Health.
In Hawaii, Mr. Domizio became involved with the Hawaii Academy of Physician Assistants. Holding a variety of offices in the organization, including President on more than one occasion, he and a handful of highly motivated PAs re-wrote Hawaii’s enabling legislation and achieved full delegated prescriptive authority. He has been Chairman of the Hawaii State Primary Care Roundtable and the Clinical Leadership Team of the Primary Care Association; he also serves on the Board of Hawaii’s Public Health Association. He developed a Telemedicine Program with The University of Hawaii, and achieved initial success toward development of a physician assistant program in the state. Mr. Domizio remains active in health policy efforts and practices family medicine with urgent care in rural Hawaii.