The AACOM Assembly of Presidents (AOP) recently awarded Thomas A. Scandalis, DO, Interim Dean at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM), with the group’s Dale Dodson Award. The award was presented to Dr. Scandalis at the AOP's annual Awards Luncheon during the AOA’s 2013 Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition (OMED) in Las Vegas, NV in September.
The Dale Dodson Award is named in memory of osteopathic medical education innovator Dale S. Dodson, DO, and recognizes a current or past CEO or CAO of an osteopathic medical college who has made a significant contribution to the advancement or support of osteopathic medical education. AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, presented the award to Dr. Scandalis on behalf of the AOP.
Dr. Scandalis has exemplified the spirit of the Dodson Award throughout his more than 25 years of service to the osteopathic medical education community. Dr. Scandalis has served in a variety of leadership roles, including several during his time at the New York Institute of Technology-College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM). He is the founding chairperson of the NYIT Department of Sports Medicine, and also served as director of the NYIT Center for Sports Medicine and Performance Sciences; chair of the NYIT Department of Family Medicine, and associate dean of NYIT Academic Affairs. On September 16, 2013, Dr. Scandalis was appointed to the role of Interim Dean for the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM). He currently serves as a board member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM), as well as a member of the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct, American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), New York State Osteopathic Medical Society (NYSOMS), and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM).
Dr. Scandalis is a board-certified physician in both family medicine and sports medicine specialties, and has been awarded more than $500,000 throughout his career to study osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). He has published extensively on a variety of subjects, including osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), the gait analysis in the evaluation and physical treatment of Parkinson’s disease, as well as the relationship between low cardiorespiratory fitness and mortality in men of different weight categories. Dr. Scandalis has served as a peer reviewer and editor for the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, and a peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association,and The Physician and Sports Medicine.
Dr. Scandalis received both his undergraduate degree and his Master of Arts in Physical Education degree from Adelphi University. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree from NYIT-COM.