Dr. (Col.) Andrew R. Bradbury recently accepted the Supervising Physician of the Year Award from the Idaho Academy of Physician Assistants at a conference in Sun Valley.

Dr. Bradbury has a long history of health care and has served in many capacities, including Idaho Army National Guard, Army flight surgeon, volunteer medical advisor for the Bingham County Search and Rescue organization and currently as a BYU-Idaho family physician and medical director.

On top of serving in many capacities, he has served as a state surgeon for nearly 10 years, which is more than three times the normal term. Dr. Bradbury was deployed overseas four times to combat zones.

Friend Lt. Col. Heidi Munro nominated him because he shows them how to pour themselves into their work and encourages unity among the team.

This team approach is part of the Academy of Physician Assistants’ criteria and is what ultimately qualified him for the Supervising Physician of the Year Award. Teamwork allows both the physician and the assistant to deliver greater care to their patients and their community than either could do alone.

Dr. Bradbury spends most of his time away from work volunteering and mentoring students and PA’s alike. His mentorship has had a great impact on the people around him as well as the whole community.

His service as a BYU-I family physician and medical director has allowed him to supervise three PA’s while maintaining his own workload, all the while he continues to give back to the community by mentoring other medical students.