Fluent in English and Spanish
Jason Weddington was born in Tennessee, but grew up nearby in Marietta, Georgia. He attended Sprayberry High School where he played baseball and ran cross country. Jason attended the University of Georgia, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Spanish. He then matriculated into the Athens Technical College Emergency Medical Technician program where he earned an EMT-Intermediate degree. For three years Jason worked on an ambulance as an EMT-I for a 9-1-1 service in the metro-Atlanta area. Meanwhile, he also worked as a research assistant for the Department of Cardiology at Emory University studying stress-induced myocardial ischemia. He then obtained his Master of Medical Science from Mercer University in Physician Assistant studies.
Jason moved to Atlanta in 2016 to join Plas T. James, MD and his team at the Atlanta Spine Institute. Jason is a board certified Physician Assistant licensed by the Georgia Composite Medical Board. Jason assists Dr. James with all phases of clinical, surgical, and hospital care. He is dedicated to providing the highest quality patient care in the tradition of the Atlanta Spine Institute.
In his free time, Jason enjoys hiking, backpacking, traveling, playing a variety of different sports, playing guitar, and watching college football.
What is a Physician Assistant?
The Physician Assistant (PA) profession was founded in the early 1960s when army corpsmen began returning from Vietnam. The first PA program started at Duke University to provide formal training to these highly experienced veterans, who were educated to assess, diagnose, implement treatment plans, and assist in surgery. From the 1960s to the present the PA profession has grown tremendously. There are now 120 PA programs around the country and more than 40,000 practicing PAs.
Today, PAs are still trained under the same medical model as doctors. In addition, the curriculum emphasizes development of interpersonal skills to ensure better communication and care for patients. PAs interview, examine, diagnose, assist during operative procedures and hospital rounds, and take calls after office hours. PAs are trained to perform all of these duties under the supervision of their sponsoring physician.