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“When not working directly with patients, I work with the Oregon Society of Physician Assistants to improve PA practice and education in Oregon through legislative and continuing education initiatives. I also work with the American Academy of Physician Assistants as one of four Oregon PA Delegates to its House of Delegates.”

Ben Johnson, PA-C, SPA

Family Medicine

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Ben Johnson began his medical career younger than most. At age 17 he began driving an ambulance for a rural volunteer fire department. Since then, Ben’s desire to help others has led him to a career as a compassionate and intuitive certified physician assistant (PA-C) as well as an advocate for physician assistant (PA) education and legislation. Ben is a board-certified medical and surgical PA with experience in both family practice and urgent care. He aims to help organizations such as the Oregon Society of Physician Assistants (OSPA) to further their mission of supporting PAs and providing them with the tools and resources needed to deliver quality patient care. He is also the founder of the Grants Pass Area Provider Association and the Native American PA Association. With more focused advocacy, awareness, and education for the clinical services that PAs offer, particularly in rural Oregon, Ben hopes to support future generations of compassionate caregivers.

Ben received an Associate of Science (AAS) Degree in Respiratory Care from Crafton Hills College in California and an AAS in Physician Assistant Studies from Cuyahoga College in Ohio, graduating Cum Laude. He also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration from the University of Laverne in California. Ben is a Certified Pulmonary Function Technician (CPFT). For nearly a decade, he worked as a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) and CPFT at hospitals in California and Oregon. Ben’s desire to aid members of his community extends beyond his work as a PA. He has also worked as a firefighter, EMT, and a member of the Josephine County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Dive Team.

Ben’s first piece of his advice to his patients is simple: “Exercise.” It’s advice that he follows regularly. When not working, advocating, and volunteering, Ben can be found camping, boating, fishing, working out, or scuba diving. He lives in Grants Pass with his wife and children

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Care Administration, University of La Vern, La Verne, CA, 1995
  • Associate of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies, Cuyahoga Community College, Parma, OH, 2002
  • Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Care, Crafton Hills College, Yucaipa, CA, 1997
  • Prime Med | PA-C | Cottage Grove, OR | 2013 – 2019
  • Valley Immediate Care | PA-C | Grants Pass and Medford, OR | 2008 – 2013
  • Basin Immediate Care | PA-C | Klamath Falls, OR | 2010 – 2011
  • Asante Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine | PA-C | Grants Pass, OR | 2002 – 2008
  • Providence Hospital Emergency Department | PA-C | Medford, OR | 2002 – 2003
  • NI Healthcare Staffing | RRT, CPFT | Beachwood, OH | 1999 – 2002
  • Pacific Community Hospital | RRT, CPFT | Newport, OR | 1998 – 1999
  • Salem Hospital | RRT, CPFT | Salem, OR | 1998 – 1999
  • Good Samaritan Hospital | RRT, CPFT | Portland, OR | 1997 – 1998
  • Pulmonary Function Research Labs | Technical Director | Redlands, CA | 1990 – 1998
  • San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital | RRT, CPFT |Banning, CA | 1996 – 1997
  • Hoag Hospital | RRT, CPFT | Newport Beach, CA | 1993 – 1996
  • Mountains Community Hospital | Supervisor of Respiratory Care | Lake Arrowhead, CA | 1986 – 1990
  • National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) – Oregon Delegate to AAPA House of Delegates
  • Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) and Respiratory Care Practitioner (RCP)
  • Certified Pulmonary Function Technician (CPFT)
  • Former and current President Oregon Society of Physician Assistants (OSPA)
  • Licensed Oregon Physician Assistant
  • Josephine County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Dive Team
  • Founder Grants Pass Area Provider Association
  • Founder Native American Physician Assistant Association
  • Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) Workers’ Compensation Advisory Committee 2010 – 2014
  • Phi Theta Kapa National Honor
Nova Health
Cottage Grove
“Everyone is always so very kind and caring. I have received very good health care from my provider Ben Johnson and all the nurses as well as the amazing front desk ladies! ”
— Michelle H.
“Ben always makes me feel like I am important and listens to my concerns. I really appreciate that.”
— Zebbra P.

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