Heard, Henry H.

Henry H. Heard

Henry H. Heard


Clinical Assistant Professor


Dr. Henry “Hank” Heard is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. He joined the faculty in 2013 after practicing medicine as a physician assistant in and around the Atlanta area for 40 years.

Dr. Heard earned the Doctor of Health Sciences in 2015.  This degree is complimented with an Associate Degree in Nursing, a Baccalaureate in Physician Assistant, a Master of Physician Assistant Studies, and a Master of Arts in Military Studies with a specialty in air warfare.  Dr. Heard is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and a graduate of the Air Force War College and Air Command and Staff College at the Air University in Montgomery, Alabama.

Dr. Heard practices clinically at a community-based hospital emergency department in North Atlanta.  His areas of expertise include orthopedic surgery, deployment or disaster medicine, and emergency medicine.

His current teaching responsibilities include the electrocardiography, musculoskeletal disorders in Clinical Medicine, selected lectures in Behavior Medicine, and assists with clinical laboratory sessions.

Dr. Heard has recently published multiple articles on the musculo-skeletal system and is currently working on studies involving increased physician assistant utilization.

Dr. Heard is a past president of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants and currently serves on their Board of Directors.  He is also a Trustee of the Physician Assistant History Society, a supporting organization of the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant.  Dr. Heard also serves as member of the Physician Assistant Education Association’s Government Relations and External Affairs Council.


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