COLONEL (DR.) PAUL J. HOERNER

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Colonel (Dr.) Paul J. Hoerner is the commander of the 61st Medical Squadron at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. He is responsible for ensuring more than 1,200 active duty personnel assigned to the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, are medically fit and ready for contingency (natural disasters and wartime) operations. Additionally, he commands a staff of 178 active duty, government civilians and contract medical staff providing care for more than 171,000 eligible patients across the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.

Dr. Hoerner has direct responsibility and control over the medical clinic's $8.2 million annual budget and ensures the integrity of 13,000 annual specialty referrals to the local civilian network. He is also responsible for the facility infrastructure of both the main clinic and a remote primary care satellite clinic.

Dr. Hoerner previously served as the Pharmacy Flight Commander of the 10th Medical Group at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the Academy's Consultants for Pharmacy and the Biomedical Sciences Corps. He led pharmacy operations at U.S. Air Force Academy's flagship Medical Clinic which supports the U.S. Air Force Academy's mission. In the role of Pharmacy Flight Commander he led the Pike's Peak Joint Refill Center and processed over 50,000 refills monthly for Buckley AFB, Peterson AFB, Schriever AFB, Fort Carson Army Post, and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Additionally, he was the Pharmacy Functional Advisor for the Colorado Springs Military Health System (CSMHS), U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Mobility Command's Pharmacy Consultant, Deputy Director and Director of the Department of Defense (DoD) Patient Safety Center (PSC) where he was responsible for improving the patient safety of 576 DoD medical treatment facilities worldwide. 

While an adjunct faculty member at the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences he helped improve education and research in patient safety and pharmacoeconomics.  Additionally, he established the first interagency patient safety data sharing agreement between DoD, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Food and Drug Administration.  Furthermore, he was instrumental in gaining a $5M grant from the Food and Drug Administration to launch the pilot test project that became the DoD Pharmacovigilance Center.  Immediately before arriving at the PSC, he completed a one year fellowship at a leading medical malpractice insurance company.  Previous to that assignment he was the Chief of Pharmacy Operations at David Grant Medical Center.                 

EDUCATION   
1986 Doctor of Pharmacy Northeast Louisiana University
1997 Squadron Officer School, Residence and Correspondence
2002 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence
2006 Pharmacy Law and Risk Management Fellowship, Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Corporation
2008 Air War College, Correspondence
2011 MedXcellence Course, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences
2012 AFMS Intermediate Executive Skills Course

ASSIGNMENTS   
1. July 1993-October 1996, Chief, Satellite Pharmacy and Chief, Inpatient Pharmacy, Keesler AFB, MS
2. November 1996 - December 1998, Flight Commander, Diagnostics and Therapeutics, McConnell AFB, KS
3. December 1998 - July 2002, Flight Commander, Pharmacy, Bitburg/Spangdahlem AFB, GE
4. July 2002 -July 2005, Chief, Pharmacy Operations, Travis AFB, CA
5. August 2005-August 2006, Pharmacy Law and Risk Management Fellowship, Pharmacist's Mutual Insurance,
    Algona, IA
6. September 2006-August 2010, Deputy Director and Director, DoD Patient Safety Center, Walter Reed Army
    Medical Center, DC
7. January 2009-July 2009, Theater Pharmacy Consultant and Interim Expeditionary Medical Support Squadron
    Commander, Task Force Med, Afghanistan
8. August 2010-July 2013, Pharmacy Flight Commander, USAFE Pharmacy Consultant, and Senior Biomedical Sciences Corps Executive, RAF Lakenheath, UK
9. July 2013-Present, Pharmacy Flight Commander, Senior Biomedical Sciences Corps Executive, USAFA's Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences Corps Consultants, Pharmacy Functional Advisor to CSMHS, US Air Force Academy, CO

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS  
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
AF Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
AF Commendation Medal  
AF Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
AF Meritorious Unit Award
AF Outstanding Unit Award with 7 oak leaf clusters
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
AF Overseas Ribbons Short and Long
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
AF Longevity Service with three oak leaf clusters
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
AF Training Ribbon
NATO Medal with bronze star

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS  
1998 Air Mobility Command CGO Pharmacist of the Year
2000  EUCOM Commander's Special Merit Award (selected/presented by General Wesley Clark)
2001  United States Air Forces in Europe FGO Pharmacist of the Year
2003  Air Mobility Command Pharmacy Team of the Year
2006-2010 DoD Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
2007 American Pharmacist's Association Pinnacle Award
2008 The Joint Commission's Eisenberg "Patient Safety" Award
2011  AF Patient Safety Award and USAFE BSC Category II Team of the Year
2012  USAFE BSC Category II Team of the Year
2012 48 Medical Support Squadron FGO of the Year

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS
Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences Continuing Medical Education Committee
United States Pharmacopeia Appointed Delegate (2010-2019)
National Coordinating Council on Medication Errors and Prevention, Sub Committee Chairperson
American Pharmacist's Association
Food and Drug Administration's think tank "The Sentinel Initiative"

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Captain, 19 April 1993
Major, 1 September 2000
Lieutenant Colonel, 1 June 2006 
Colonel, 1 March 2015

(Current as of July 2015)