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Catalog Number AC2015-008
Collection Nelson Myers Papers, 1962-2003
Title Nelson E. Myers papers, 1962-2003
Scope & Content Contains the papers of Nelson E. Myers, a United States Navy Hospital Corpsman who was among the early graduates of the Duke University Physician Assistant Program. Before becoming a physician assistant, Mr. Myers was employed in the cardiovascular laboratory at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. He spent over 35 years working as a physician assistant primarily at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Muskogee Oklahoma.

This collection contains correspondence, newsletters, clippings, manuscripts, bulletins, pamphlets and educational materials related to working in a cardiovascular laboratory, being a physician assistant student and working as a physician assistant for over 35 years. The collection contains a book of letters of appreciation written to Dr. Eugene A. Stead by physician assistants and former colleagues. It also contains correspondence related to the death of Richard (Dick) Scheele, one of the first graduates of the Duke University Physician Assistant Program.
Admin/Biographical History Nelson Earl Myers is a native of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. He completed the Navy’s Hospital Corps School at Great Lakes, Illinois in 1959 and was stationed at the Portsmouth, Virginia Naval Hospital. While there he met several former Duke Cardiologists who were establishing a cardiac catheterization laboratory at the hospital. This eventually led to his accepting a position at Duke University in the cardiovascular lab after he left the Navy in 1962. His supervising physician was Dr. Henry McIntosh who at the time was trying to help Dr. Eugene A. Stead, Jr., the chairman of the Department of Medicine, to secure clinical support personnel for the Duke University Hospital. As a member of the staff, Nelson was asked to participate in research activities, surgical interventions, cardiac catheterizations, electronic instrumentation, and patient care.

Dr. McIntosh appreciated Nelson’s knowledge and skills and supported his efforts to enroll in the Duke University Physician Assistant Program when it was established by Dr. Stead within the Department of Medicine in 1965. Nelson continued working in the Cardiac Catheterization lab while attending classes and rotations which prolonged his completion of the program by a
year. Upon graduation, he continued working at Duke as the Supervisor of the Myocardial Infarction Research Unit Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, located on the Coronary Care Unit.

In 1970, Nelson went to work for Dr. Fred Ownby of Nashville, Tennessee. One year later, he accepted a position at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Muskogee Oklahoma where he spent the next thirty two years until retiring in 2003 practicing in the cardiology, oncology and internal medicine departments. He received the Administrator’s Hands and Heart award in 1993. He also served as the Hospice director, Chairman of the Tumor Board, and as a member of both the Ethics and the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committees. He helped educate PA students and medical residents and received numerous awards from a variety of academic
institutions. He is a Charter Member of the Oklahoma Academy of Physician Assistants (OAPA), and served on the OAPA board of directors.

Nelson was a founding member of the American Academy of Physicians Assistants established in 1968 and an inaugural member of the American Registry of Physicians’ Associates founded in 1970. He was named a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants in 2010. He passed away in 2012.
Creator Nelson Myers
Copyrights Copyright for the Society for the Preservation of Physician Assistant History records is held by the Society; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Nelson E. Myers papers, Society for Preservation of Physician
Assistant History, Johns Creek, GA, USA
Search Terms Cardiovascular services
Duke University
Duke Medical Center.
Duke Department of Community and Family Medicine. Physician
Assistant Program
Physician Assistants History.
Physician Assistants Education
American Registry of PAs
Gasoline Alley
Chipper Wallet
Nelson Myers
Eugene Stead Jr.
Richard Scheele
Year Range from 1962
Year Range to 2003
Containers Correspondence - Job at Duke Cardiovascular Laboratory
Procedures for Policy Manual Cardiovascular Laboratory
Duke University Medical Center Newsletters
Clippings, Newspapers
Curriculum History and Physical Examination
Reprints about PAs
AAPA Bylaws
AAPA Newsletters
Bulletin of Duke University PA Program
Bulletin of Duke University PA Program
Correspondence Baptist Hospital Staff Privileges
Eugene Stead PA Student Society Newsletters
Duke University Medical Legal Packet Information
Reference Letters
Richard (Dick) Scheele
American Registry of PAs Correspondence
Correspondence about Role as PA
National Academy of Sciences Physician Assistants
Bulletins and Pamphlets PA Programs
American Registry of Physicians' Associates
Clippings - Gasoline Alley Comic Strip
AAPA Review Course
Survey of PAs Dept Health Manpower
Duke University PA Program Pamphlet
Eugene Stead Volume of Letters
AAPA Newsletters
Duke University PA Program Alumni Roster
NBME Certification Results
Reference Letters
Curriculum Vitae and Personal Information
Photographs Cardiovascular Lab Mixture
Photographs Cardiovascular Lab Equipment
Photographs Pacemaker Adapter
Photographs Conference
Duke University Arrhythmia Notebook
Clinical Rotation Descriptions and Guidelines
Clinical Rotation Descriptions and Guidelines