AACOM congratulates John M. Kauffman, Jr., DO, Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) and AACOM Board of Deans member, on receiving the American Osteopathic Foundation’s (AOF) 2014 Educator of the Year Award. The AOF Educator of the Year Award, one of the foundation’s highest honors, is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the osteopathic medical profession's highest standards of excellence in teaching and long-standing contributions to academic advancement.
Dr. Kauffman received this award on October 24 at the AOF 2014 Honors Gala, an event which celebrates the accomplishments of individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the osteopathic medical profession and are committed to making a difference in the world. This year, the event also marked the AOF’s 65th anniversary. The gala was held in conjunction with the American Osteopathic Association’s OMED conference in Seattle, WA.
Before starting at CUSOM in 2011, Dr. Kauffman spent four years in different leadership roles at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus (VCOM-VC) including vice dean, associate dean for postgraduate affairs, and chief academic officer. He has also successfully directed several osteopathic medical centers where he established thriving residency programs. Dr. Kauffman also previously served for nine years as president and medical director for TEAMS for Medical Missions, a non-profit providing healthcare to underserved regions of Jamaica.
Dr. Kauffman earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). He completed his internship at Clarion Community Hospital in Clarion, PA and his residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center in Allentown, PA and went on to practice internal medicine. Dr. Kauffman is a Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) and the American College of Physicians (ACP).