Charles Thomas


  • Physician Assistant license, State of Michigan,# 001269 August 2008
  • DEA  license for the State of Michigan


  • Jackson Community College 1963-1964
  • Gonzaga University, 1964-1968 B.S. in Medical Technology, MT(ASCP) Mercy College, 1978-1980 B.S. as a Physician Assistant Certified 1981


  • Physician Assistant  (retired)
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Microsurgery I Surgery of the hand
  • Michigan State University  Department of Surgery


  • Total Years of Service (commission and enlisted) 31 years and 6 months Enlisted United States Air Force 11 Sept to 3 Mar 1973, rank SSgt (E5) Honorable Discharge Mar 1973
  • USAF Commission 4 Mar 1973 to Sept 1977, rank Captain  (03)
  • Last  active duty assignment, Officer In Charge Chief Medical Technologist
  • Clinical laboratory Services, Barksdale, Air Force Base also Chief Coordinator and
  • Instructor of the Phase II Clinical Laboratory Specialist Course 1973 to 1977
  • Appointed in the Michigan Army National Guard Feb 1982 to Sept 1992 rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CW3)
  • Commissioned Michigan Army National Guard Aug 1992 to Apr 2004
  • Last Assignment, Senior Physician Assistant State Medical Command, Detroit, MI
  • Retired  LTC inactive reserve 30 Apr 2004


  • USAF Medical Lab Specialist Course phase I, 1968
  • USAF Medical Lab Specialist Course phase II, Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio, Jan 1969 to Oct 1969
  • USAF School of Military Science Officer, Lackland, AFB San Antonio, TX Dec 1972 to Mar 1973
  • SAC Academic Instructor Orientation Course July 1973
  • USAF Manager and Negotiated Labor Management Jun 1973
  • AMEDD Officer Advance Course Phase I, 2001
  • AMEDD Officer Advance Course Phase II, 2002


  • Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, 1972
  • Air Force Good Conduct Medal, 1971-74
  • Army Achievement Medal, 1995
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, 5 devices, 1985-90-95-2002-04
  • National Defense Service Medal, 1968
  • Air Force Longevity Medal, 1 device, 1972-76
  • Army Service Ribbon, 1983
  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal, silver hourglass/Roman X devices 1998-2003
  • Legion of Merit, 1996-2003
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal. 2003
  • Michigan Broadsword Service Ribbon, 6 devices, 1985-88-90-94-98-2002
  • Michigan Army National Recruiting Ribbon, 1997


  • Staff Medical Technologist and Technical Aid Supervisor, E.W. Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI 1977 to 1978.
  • Physician Assistant, Department of Corrections for the State of Michigan, 1980 to 1982.
  • Physician Assistant,   Michigan State University, Department of Surgery, General surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery and surgery of the hand, 1982 to 2010.
  • Retired 19 August 2010


  • E.W. Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI Lansing Surgical Center, Lansing, MI


  • I have been a volunteer boys and girls basketball coach in the Lansing Capital Youth Sports Association for the past 25 years. I have coached  two  11 and 12 year old boys basketball national championship teams, 2000-01 and 2004-05.
  • I was inducted to my high schools, Willow Run High, Hall of Fame in 2006
  • I have spoke at numerous MSU medical career day events.
  • I have co-published a medical article in the National Hand Journal of Surgery.


  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Michigan Academy of Physician Assistants ( MAPA) Society of Army Physician Assistants (SAPA)


  • Played  basketball on the first Jackson Community College men’s regional championship team of the 1963-64 season.
  • Received a full 4 year basketball scholarship to Gonzaga University 1963 to 1967.
  • Player and coach of the base basketball teams at Fairchild AFB and Barksdale AFB, 1969 to1972 and 1973 to 1977


  • Sports, coaching, golf, cooking , sewing,  quilting, drawing, landscaping .