Edward Charles Hobday, PA-C, first became a practicing PA in 1976, after earning his certificate as a PA while serving a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy. After a 20-year military career, Mr. Hobday retired from the Navy in 1979 and entered full-time clinical practice. Throughout his career, he served patients in several specialties of medicine, served as a PA educator, was a very active member of ConnAPA, regularly presented topics of interest in various settings, and was honored for various achievements during his career.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mr. Hobday entered a career serving in the U.S. Navy He served on nuclear powered submarines for five years. While serving, he obtained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, he earned an Associate of Art in Business Administration from Florida Junior College, his PA certificate at the Sheppard Air Force Base School of Health Care Sciences, and a Bachelor of Science in Medical Science from the University of Nebraska Medical School. He subsequently also completed courses in the Sacred Heart University Master of Healthcare Administration program.
Early in his career, Mr. Hobday began practicing industrial medicine. He later transitioned to various surgical specialties, which comprised the majority of his PA career. His practiced surgical specialties included neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, vascular surgery, general and gynecological surgery. In his latter career years, he practiced internal medicine in private practice. From early in his career he began presenting topics to peers on various areas of expertise he had. In 1994 he associated with the Quinnipiac University PA program and served as adjunct faculty until his retirement. He additionally served the George Washington University PA Program on their Scientific Paper Committee. He presented multiple times at the annual conference for the American Academy of PAs and Connecticut Academy of PAs.
Mr. Hobday served the Connecticut Academy of PAs from some of the earliest days of the Academy, through the majority of his career. He served in a variety of roles including as President, where he was instrumental in ensuring that legislation was passed to license PAs in the state of Connecticut, as well as issue prescribing authority. He also served the Connecticut PA Foundation as Vice-President, where he worked to find ways to provide financial assistance to PA students. He served as Chair of Continuing Medical Education for 11 years. His service to the profession did not stop at the Connecticut borders however, as he also went on to serve the American Academy of PAs in the House of Delegates and on the Conference Planning Committee..
For his dedication to the profession, Mr. Hobday was awarded multiple honors throughout his career. He is the only three-time recipient of the President’s Award given by the Connecticut Academy of PAs. He was twice awarded citations by the Connecticut General Assembly. He also was awarded a United States Navy Letter of Commendation.
Currently retired, Mr. Hobday enjoys spending time on Cape Cod during the summer months and living in Florida the rest of the year.