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Blaine Paxton Hall CV

Work Experience

Professional Medical / Clinical  Experience

  *Duke University Medical Center / Service Date:  October 1, 1996


May 2007 to date of my voluntary retirement December 31, 2018:

*Sr. Hospital Medicine Clinician; in both Duke Main and Duke Regional Hospitals

*During this time I became the founding clinician of the Duke Adult Gender Medicine Clinic which opened January 3, 2018

*During this time, I taught Duke PA students in clinical classes, including at patients’ bedsides at Duke Regional Hospital.


May 15, 2006 to May 2007

PA Surgical Hospitalist, Dept of Surgery/Division of Urology


***From June 1, 2005 to April 30, 2006, I took a leave from Duke to help the former NC Health & Human Services Director (H.David Bruton, MD) set up the Moore Free Care Clinic, Carthage, NC.  I was the sole, full-time provider for over 1,200 patients. During this interim leave I did not lose any Duke seniority or benefits.


January 12, 2005 to May 31, 2005

Dept of Comm & Fam Med:  100% Hospital-based from 1/05 to 3/06. And 100% Pickens Clinic from 3/06 to 6/1/06

October 1, 1996 through January 11, 2005:

Medical staff appointment in Dept Medicine/Division of Nephrology, inpatient acute service. During this time I logged 2,200 dialysis catheter procedures in all the Duke Main hospital intensive care units, except the PICU. I organized the American Academy of Nephrology PAs and presented it to the AAPA HOD (Salt Lake City) the following Spring, May 1997. 


Secondary adjunct Faculty Appointment

Dept of Community and Family Medicine July 1, 2004

Clinical Instructor, Duke PA Program (part-time) 1999 to 5-31-2006



2004 Outstanding PA of the Year, by NC Academy of Physician Assistants




**Starting from as a student in 1990; I remained current in  ACLS certification (and serially recertified) continuously, throughout my medical career, to Dec 31, 2018.

**MHS-CL (Clinical Leadership) Duke University School of Medicine, 2004 to 2007

**Physician Assistant Studies, Wake Forest Univ, School of Medicine 1989 to 1991

**BS degree, Roosevelt University, Chicago. Sept 1970 through 1974.   

**38 quarter hours of math, Central Piedmont Comm College, Charlotte

**Accepted to MBA program and completed 12 hours, Roosevelt University, Chicago.

**Completed Calculus I and Calculus II (grade B in both) at Sandhills Community College, Spring 2020


Extramural Research Support at Duke Medical Center 

Co-Principal Investigator, Kendall Healthcare Products Company, Mahurkar Triple Lumen Catheter Study. (PI was Steve Schwab, MD, my supervisor in nephrology)

Prior to Duke Professional Medical/Clinical Experience

Internal Medicine Associates, Sanford, NC 3/95 to 5/96

Pinehurst Medical Clinic 5/93 to 2/95

Pinehurst Surgical Clinic, 4/92 to 4/93

Buncombe County Health Department, Asheville, NC, 9/91 to 3/92



Professional Activities

  • Founder of the Duke Adult Gender Medicine Clinic, Jan 3, 2018

  • Serve on both the Stakeholder’s and the Patient’s Advisory Boards of the Duke Adult Gender Medicine Clinic.  2021 to currently

  • Served on the Duke Medicine Sexual & Gender Diversity Advisory Council August 2014 to retirement.

  • Serve on the WHO (World Health Organization) Global Clinical Practice Network (GCPN) studying gender identity and sexuality labels for the 11th edition of ICD (2015).

  • NC Medical Society Leadership College Scholar 2007. Final project was an medical educational presentation on “Healthcare for the Transsexual Patient.”

  • NC Medical Society Foundation:  2019 to 2021; I was asked to serve a second term, but I graciously declined.  Served on the Executive Committee, the Finance Committee and the Leadership Development Committee.

  • First Chair of the first Diversity Committee of the NCAPA.  We started as a Task Force, and soon became a NCAPA committee.  March 2007 to 2009. 

  • Appointed 2/15/2005 by the NC Academy of PAs as representative to the Editorial Board of the North Carolina Medical Journal.

  • American Academy of Nephrology PAs; Founder and President 1997 to June 1, 2004. I remained on as Treasurer to June 2005

  • American Academy of Nephrology PAs / AAPA Liaison to American Society of Nephrology, 1997 to 2001.

  • Wake Forest University PA Alumni Society–Class Agent

  • Wake Forest University PA Alumni Society–President 2004 to 2005

  • Wake Forest University Alumni Foundation–Dean’s Level

  • Member of WPATH (previously Harry Benjamin Gender Identity Dysphoria Association since as a student 1990. Served on the Advocacy and Liaison Committee.

  • One of the authors of the WPATH SOC (Standards of Care), versions 7 and current version 8.

  • MENSA, continuous member since April 1983


American Academy of PAs Leadership Activities

  • American Academy of Nephrology PAs, Founder 1997

  • AAPA Foundation Legacy Circle–Charter Member

  • AAPA Foundation Diamond Circle (twice)

  • Delegate to AAPA House of Delegates:  1997, 1998, 1999

  • HOD Teller and Page 1998

  • Constituent Chapter Officers Workshop (CCOW) 1997, 1998

  • NCAPA Ethics Committee member 1996

  • First Chair of the first NCAPA Diversity Committee 2007 to 2009


Reviewer of Professional Journals 

  • Served 2 terms on the Editorial Board of the NC Medical Journal

  • National Kidney Foundation–CME Committee

  • Journal of the American Academy of PAs

  • Served on Editorial Advisory Board of Nephrology News & Issues

  • AAPA Professional Practices Committee

Non-Authored Articles (articles written about me detailing my career contributions)

  • Healing & Caring, Fall 2005, cover story

  • Nephrology News & Issues, April 2004, page 52

  • Academy–NCAPA News, Jan/Feb 2004, cover story

  • AAPA NEWS, 30 January 2002, page 6

  • NEWS-Line for PAs, February 2001, cover story

  • Nephrology News & Issues, Jan 1999, pg 30


Authored Book / Journal / Magazine Publications

  • Hestia’s House, a literary memoir; published 2003.  

  • “Treatment of Doctor Lacked Compassion,” The Pilot, November 9, 2005

  • “Here’s a Christmas Child For You.”  The Witness, December 2002

  • “Learning the Thunder,” North Carolina Medical Journal, Jan/Feb 2001

        Reprinted:  Advance for PAs, May/June 2001

        Reprinted:  in NC PA Academy Summer 2001

        Reprinted: in the Handbook of the International Conference on Epilepsy Care, Aug 2001

  • “What the Shaman Knows,”  They Wrote Us a Poem, Volume VI, DUMC, Honorable Mention award, 2001

  • “Love Nest, They Wrote Us a Poem, Volume V, DUMC, Notable Poem award, 2000

  • “Intensive Care Unit,”  They Wrote Us a Poem, Volume IV, DUMC, Honorable Mention award, 1999

  • “A Baby for Mary,” The North Carolina Medical Journal, August 1994

  • “How I Quit Smoking,” Science of Mind, January 1984

  • “Commitment,” Oak Apple Thoughts, 1970

  • “Understanding Human Diversity” Academy–NCAPA News, 2007

  • Project Consultant to, and one of the authors of, the 7th Edition of the WPATH Standards of Care; which was presented at the WPATH Conference at Emory University in 2011.

  • Use of Cystatin C in Transsexual Patients,” June 26, 2017 published on my website:    


Invited Speaking Engagements with Honorarium

  • The International Conference on Epilepsy Care, Graylyn Conference Center, Wake Forest University, August 2001

  • Maryville College, Maryville, TN. “Community Conversations explores People on the Move” Lecture Series. My presentation was at the Clayton Center for the Arts, to faculty, students, and community members. It was entitled: “On The Road to Hestia’s House.  I also authored and delivered the Homily at Chapel that morning, entitled:  “The Anguished Patient.”  March 23, 2012

  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine, PA Program, Endocrinology section, August 2001

  • NC Academy of Physician Assistants, Annual Summer Conference, North Myrtle Beach, SC, August 23, 2017.

  • National Kidney Foundation, Clinical Conference, Orlando, FL, April 18, 2017, “An Overview of the Transsexual Patient with considerations for CKD/ESRD patients.”


Duke University School of Medicine Speaking Engagements

  • Duke Family Medicine Faculty and Students, October 23, 2018

  • Panel presentation to Duke medical students, March 21, 2018

  • Presented to Duke Primary Care (DPC) Medical Directors Meeting, February 28, 2018

  • Presented to 150 Duke medical students and faculty at Trent Semans Center, January 24, 2018

  • Duke PA students and faculty, June 6, 2017

  • Duke Regional Hospital Medical Learners Noon Conference, March 3, 2017 “An Overview of the Transsexual Patient”

  • Duke Endocrine Grand Rounds on November 2, 2015. “Overview of Medical Care for the Transsexual Patient.”

  • Duke AHEAD Conference entitled: “Our Common Humanity,” (an overview of the transsexual patient) September 18, 2015

  • Duke Regional Hospital Grand Rounds December 2013. “An Overview of Healthcare for the Transsexual Patient.”


Expert Witness

  • Appointed by NC Superior Court Judge as a “Physician Assistant in Medicine,” 1994 in a felon case. Since then, I have testified in NC Superior Court on several occasions/trials


Medical-Legal Consultant

  • Private clients, about which I cannot give any detail, due to confidentiality. 

  • I was a consultant to BCBS in rewriting/updating their “Corporate Medical Policy on Gender Confirmation Surgery and Hormone Therapy” in September 2016, which will now cover all NC BCBS subscribers in addition to Duke employees, went into effect January 2017 and will have ramifications for all insurance companies in their coverage of transgender healthcare.


Guardian Ad-Litem

  • Appointed and sworn in by Moore County (NC) judge, 1993, serving as a court appointed advocate for neglected and abused children  

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