2015 Tillman Scholar

James Chally

University of Washington
MCHS, Clinical Health Services

“The most important lesson learned from my service was defying my personal limits and impact.”

Shortly after college, James enlisted in the U.S. Army and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan where he conducted village stability operations. During his tours, he was responsible for medical and trauma issues for his team and the local population, and grew increasingly interested in the healthcare profession.

The impact James made overseas with his medical skills has since inspired him to pursue a Master’s degree in clinical health services as part of the University of Washington’s Physician Assistant program. He aspires to carry his past success forward as a licensed Physician Assistant supporting underserved communities abroad while continuing his service in the Army National Guard. Long-term, he wants to develop a PA program in southeast Asian countries, filling a critical medical gap in underserved populations.