Brad Hamann, PA-C

When Certified PA Bradley Hamann began college, he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life. Being a PA wasn’t even on his radar.

Early in his college career, Hamann had the opportunity to go to Mexico, and there he learned Spanish. After college, he joined the Peace Corps and spent time in Ecuador, where he continued to hone his Spanish skills, a language he now uses every day in his role as a PA. Hamann returned from his trip and felt the calling to work in the medical field but still wasn’t sure direction to take. He started working as a medical assistant at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in San Diego, where he met a PA who was so passionate about her career that it sparked his interest in the PA profession.

Graduating from the Duke PA program 14 years ago, Hamann began working with the predominantly Spanish speaking population at Family HealthCare Network in Orosi, California to repay his student loans. The commitment was only for two years, but he loved the community and work so much he stayed for five.

Then he moved to the Bay Area and began working in an underserved area of East Palo Alto that included a more diverse patient population. He has a very intense schedule but loves the autonomy he has working in internal medicine. He also enjoys the diversity of the patients he sees in the clinic, bringing quality healthcare to immigrant families, the homeless, drug addicts and other marginalized populations that would otherwise go without care. Hamann sees about 20 patients a day, ranging from 20 years to 90 years old. He is instrumental in determining the care for their chronic diseases and connecting them with additional resources that can help in their education and treatment. Hamann describes his clinic as a one-stop shop where labs and x-rays can be performed on-site. He can also refer his patients to clinic counselors, health coaches, medical assistants, and others while remaining involved in their care and treatment.

Impact

He has many patients who speak neither English nor Spanish, and in those situations he uses language line phone service to translate between him and the patient. He loves using his Spanish skills and learning to speak other languages so that he can communicate more personally with his patients.

Of his patients, he says, “They are so grateful, appreciative and humble. I love learning about them and their diverse cultures.” He fondly recalls the cookies his Syrian patient brought him recently and has even learned a few Arabic sentences. He also has a patient that brings him cheese from Mexico on a regular basis.

“Brad gives compassionate care day after day, even with mounting pressure to do more as a general practitioner,” says Ivonne Velado, PA-C. “He is admired for his positive attitude and loved by his patients as well as his co-workers and colleagues. He is a prime example of the mission that the PA profession was founded on.”

Hamann says he is “most proud of providing culturally-competent care in his underserved community.”