Neurosurgery Physician Assistant, TBSI – Neurosurgery

Joe Hlavin, PA-C

Joseph Hlavin grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio and graduated with an Associates of Applied Science, Surgeon Assistant in June of 1991. He completed a BS in Advanced Technology Education at Bowling Green State University in 2008, an MS in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University in 2012, and a PhD in Human Resource Development/Leadership Studies from Texas A&M University in 2017.

He originally became NCCPA board certified as a Physician Assistant in 1992 and re-certified in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2015. He has held licensure in both the state of Michigan and the state of Oklahoma. He is presently licensed in the state of Texas.

He has been in the practice of neurosurgery since graduation in 1991. He has been involved in the training of physician assistants enrolled at the University of Oklahoma and Grand Valley State University in Michigan as a clinical preceptor. He is currently a Clinical Instructor for the TAMHSC College of Medicine and the Founding Program Director of the developing PA program at Texas A&M University College of Medicine. He continues as the director for the Texas A&M Health Science Center Postgraduate Physician Assistant Residency in Neurosurgery and precepts physician assistant students from both national and state PA graduate programs.

He has held several appointments: Physician Assistant liaison to Membership Committee, American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS), Physician Assistant liaison to Scientific Program Committee of the AANS; Physician Assistant liaison to the Executive Committee, Joint section of Neurotrauma and Critical Care, and President of the Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants (ANSPA).

He is a veteran of the United States Navy receiving an honorable discharged in 1990 after serving over 6 years as a hospital corpsman. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and ribbons for service overseas and Meritorious Unit Commendation.

Joseph Hlavin is married and has two children. 



  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • Joint Commission for Neurotrauma and Critical Care
  • Association of Neurosurgical Physician Assistants
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Texas Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Brazos Valley Physician Assistant Association
  • American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants
  • Physician Assistant Education Association

For more information on Joe's experience and interests, please see his Curriculum Vitae and his full bio.


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