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A veteran with a vast knowledge of the medical profession

Emilio VazquezEmilio J. Vazquez, MD, CMD, FAAFP

Trine University - College of Health Professions

Medical Technology; B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D. – University of Maryland School of Medicine

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I was born in Habana, Cuba in 1952 and emigrated as a refugee, with my family, to the U.S. in 1962.  We eventually settled outside of Washington D.C. in Bethesda, Maryland where I attended high school.

After graduation, I attended 2 years at The Catholic University in D.C. before enlisting in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman Recruit (E1) in May of 1972.   I started recruit training (boot camp) in August '72 and graduated in December '72 as a Seaman (E3).  I entered Hospital Corpsman School, graduating in April 1973 as a 3rd Class Petty Officer. I then attended Medical Laboratory Technician School, graduating with an AS Degree in June of 1974 as a 2nd Class Petty Officer. In 1976, I completed requirements for a BS in Medical Technology and passed the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Medical Technologist Certification exam. I subsequently was promoted to a 1st Class Petty Officer and became Senior Instructor for the Navy's School of Medical Technology leading the inaugural and subsequent class though their training. In 1976, I married my wife Deanna. In 1978, I started medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, graduating in 1982 as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. I returned to full-time active duty with the U.S. Navy and was sent for an internship at Naval Hospital Bremerton in Washington state. 

After a 25 year career in the Navy, I retired from active duty with the rank of Commander (O5) and was for a year and a half the Associate Director of a FP Residency program in Madisonville, Kentucky. Leaving that program, I began work for DeKalb Memorial Hospital, holding first a practice position in Family Medicine at a small rural clinic and eventually becoming Chief Medical Officer and subsequently Interim Chief Executive Office (a position held for almost a year). During this time I taught both PA, NP , and Medical Students in my office and in didactic lecture halls, became certified in Long-Term Care Medical Direction as well as becoming a Certified Ringside Physician through the American College of Sports Medicine. 

In 2016, I became part-time Medical Director of the MPAS Program at Trine University, moving to full-time Medical Director in 2018. In August of that year, I became Program Director and Associate Professor in the MPAS Program (present position).

My wife and I have 4 children and, at current count, 9 grandchildren. We reside a bit North of Fort Wayne in Auburn, Indiana on about 2+ acres. These contain a large Native Wild Plant collection and various garden plots (cared for by my wife) as well as 3 terribly spoiled cats (which cat isn't). Hobbies include reading, writing, painting, and officiating basketball and soccer at various levels . Both my and I are avid nature enthusiasts and hikers. Both Advance Indiana Master Naturalists, we do volunteer work for a number of conservation organizations. In 2015, I became a Certified Interpretive Guide through the National Association for Interpretation and became involved in presenting outdoor nature programs.

Emilio Vazquez is the 2021 winner of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly's Lifetime Achievement award.