James “Bo” Altazan, PA
James “Bo” Altazan is a physician assistant at Warner Orthopedic and Wellness Center. He has worked with Dr. Warner for the past 5 years both full-time and part-time caring for her patients and assisting in the operating room.
His interest in Orthopedics began in the early 1970’s while serving in the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and Orthopedic surgical and cast room technician.
He received his EMT while in the Navy and worked for Baton Rouge Ambulance Company and OLOL Emergency Department following his discharge from the Navy.
He graduated from LSU in Shreveport in Biology and worked at LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport for 17 years in numerous research and clinical laboratories and has co-authored numerous scientific articles in Pharmacology, Immunology as well as Hematology and Oncology.
After graduating from the LSU Shreveport PA program, he has worked primarily in orthopedics with subspecialists such as hand and upper extremity, foot and ankle, sports medicine, trauma, and joint replacement. He has also worked in Family Practice/Occupational Medicine, Internal Medicine and continues to work occasional weekends at Lake After Hours and Lake Urgent Care. He received his Master’s degree in Orthopedics from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
He has also been involved with PA legislation, at the local and national level, and PA education serving as Vice-President and President of the Louisiana Academy of Physician Assistants (LAPA) and Academic Coordinator and Interim Program Director for Our Lady of the Lake PA program, respectively. During his term as president of the LAPA, he was instrumental in achieving prescriptive authority for PAs in Louisiana. He has also presented several lectures for various healthcare clinical and professional groups. He currently serves as an instructor for the LSU Kinesiology Department teaching and mentoring students in their Human Movement course.