Dr. Thomas Zampieri, served three years of active duty as an Army Medic from 1972 to 1975. He retired as an Army Major from the National Guard after 22 years of service in August 2000, having worked as a military flight surgeon for 13 years.
Tom graduated from Hahnemann Medical University Physician Assistant Program in June 1978 and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from State University of New York. He received a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, in May 2003 and completed his Political Science Ph.D. with Lacrosse University in December 2005.
For 25 years, Tom worked in a variety of clinical settings as a Physician Assistant both in private practice, university medical centers, and for the Department Veterans Affairs in three different VA medical centers. He co-authored medical journal research articles and presented medical lectures nationally, including three national medical teleconferences. He served in various leadership roles and on various committees in the Physician Assistant field, resulting in extensive work on Capitol Hill over the years.
From 1988 to 1993, he was a member of the Federal Services Task Force in the American Academy of Physician Assistants. In May of 2000 he was honored as the Federal Physician Assistant of the year by the Academy.
Legally blind due to Retinitis Pigmentosa and medically retired from VA since 2001, Tom was serving as the secretary of the BVA Greater Houston Regional Group when he was hired to be the Director of Government Relations at BVA National Headquarters. He served in the position from April 25, 2005 until November 22, 2013. Known for his tenacity and passion in the position, Tom was instrumental in the growth of BVA’s Operation Peer Support and Project Gemini British Exchange initiatives.
Tom, his wife Ginger, and daughter Jazmin now reside in Pearland, Texas.