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In Memoriam: Dr. Henry B. Pace

A memorial service for Henry B. Pace, PhD, a pioneer of osteopathic medicine in Mississippi and an advocate and supporter of the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM), was held on Friday, October 9, 2015 in Bass Memorial Chapel.

For more than four decades, Henry Pace was a devoted advocate for the osteopathic profession and a vigorous supporter of U.S. osteopathic medical education—his contributions to the profession are both innumerable and invaluable.

In the early 1970s, while serving as a professor of Pharmacology and Physiology and the Director of Animal Care at the University of Mississippi, Dr. Pace worked with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and local legislators to advocate for full medical practice rights for DOs in Mississippi; due, in part, to his efforts, this historic piece of legislation was signed into law in 1973. Since then, Dr. Pace worked tirelessly to promote osteopathic medicine and osteopathic medical education (OME) to aspiring physicians, which has resulted in hundreds of U.S. osteopathic medical school students and graduates.

More recently, Dr. Pace played a vital role in the establishment of William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. Pace worked with university officials to help establish the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine, which is the first osteopathic medical school in Mississippi. Pace was also instrumental in the establishment of the Mississippi Osteopathic Medical Association (MOMA), for which he was most recently servicing as Executive Director Emeritus. To honor his contributions to the new college, MOMA donated the funds to name the WCUCOM student lounge in memory of Dr. Pace, who was a friend and advisor to the school’s medical administrators, faculty members, and students. Dr. Pace was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from WCU and the state osteopathic medical association in May.

Dr. Pace was also presented with the 2014 William D. Miller Leadership Award on behalf of AACOM’s Board of Deans. Recipients of this award are nominated and selected in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the osteopathic profession.

Dr. Pace served in the United States Army Veterinary Corps during the Korean War. After his military service, he earned his master’s degree in Reproductive Physiology and Nutrition at the University of Tennessee, and went on to earn his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physiology and Pharmacology from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Pace, 85, died on October 4 in Water Valley.

CUSOM Associate Dean Named Next Dean of LMU-DCOM

10-2015_bkesslerBrian Kessler, DO, has been selected as the second dean of Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM), effective January 1, 2016.

Dr. Kessler is currently the associate dean for clinical affairs at the Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) in Buies Creek, NC. In his current role, Kessler oversees the Office of Clinical Affairs and clinical education for students. He is an integral part of the development of new osteopathic training programs, research, international medical missions, and community outreach. He was among the founding administration at CUSOM, arriving in 2011.

A board certified family physician, Kessler has a vast knowledge of primary care medicine and health policy, and appreciates the vital role primary care physicians have in training the next generation of osteopathic physicians. Like CUSOM, LMU-DCOM is located in a rural community with a mission to serve rural and underserved communities. LMU-DCOM, located in Harrogate, TN, is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond.

Dr. Kessler is an American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Health Policy Fellow (HPF) and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). He is on the Board of Governors for the ACOFP and currently serves as an executive board member of the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association, among other membership roles. 

PCOM Installs Jay S. Feldstein as 8th President and CEO

10-2015_FeldsteinPhiladelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) formally installed Jay S. Feldstein, DO, as the college’s 8th president and CEO in an Inauguration ceremony on Thursday, September 17. Dr. Feldstein assumed the presidency on July 1, 2014, succeeding Matthew Shure, PhD, who had served as the college’s president and CEO since 2001.

“My professional life has come full circle,” he said. “I am back at the institution that allowed me to fulfill my dream so that I may help to fulfill the dreams of others.”

Dr. Feldstein also laid out the details of the PCOM 2020 plan, a five-year strategic plan that will drive the COM’s growth both physically and academically. During his first year in office, Dr. Feldstein worked with members of the PCOM community from the main campus in Philadelphia, as well as its branch campus in Suwannee, GA, to craft the 2020 plan, which includes the expansion of training opportunities for students; exploring new revenue streams for the college to reduce tuition dependency; capitalizing on the COM’s osteopathic heritage; and enhancing its national reputation for educational excellence.

WesternU/COMP Dean Becomes RVUCOM President

After over a decade at the Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP), Clinton E. Adams, DO, MPA, has accepted the opportunity to serve as the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVU-COM) President in Parker, CO.

Following a distinguished career in the United States Navy, Dr. Adams joined Western University in January 2005. While serving as the Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine (2005-2012), Dr. Adams was led the establishment of the Northwest Branch of WesternU/COMP in Lebanon, OR. Among other achievements, Dr. Adams served a vital role in establishing a vision for interprofessional education (IPE) at Western University, and has overseen the implementation of a new curriculum and the growth of research funding and publications. He has expanded the reach and breath of WesternU/COMP’s practice plan and has led a major expansion in full time faculty positions.

Dr. Adams is a recipient of several national awards and honors, and is recognized by AACOM for distinguished and significant contributions and support to osteopathic medical education (OME) and training as a past recipient of the Dale Dodson and Robert A. Kistner awards. He has also served the osteopathic profession in many national leadership positions, currently serving as AACOM’s representative to the ACGME Board of Directors and Chair of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic Postgraduate Training (COPT). Dr. Adams is a past president of the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (AMOPS), and a member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). His extensive experience and leadership in OME will serve him well in his new role at RVU-COM.

TUNCOM Appoints Dean upon Retirement of Founding Dean Forman

On October 15, Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) announced the appointment of John J. Dougherty, DO, as the school's new Dean, effective February 1, 2016, following the retirement of TUNCOM Founding Dean Mitchell D. Forman, DO.

Dr. Dougherty comes to TUNCOM from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) where he currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Graduate Medical Education (GME). He is the Chief Academic Officer (CAO) of the KCU GME Consortium and chairs the Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institute (OPTI)’s Osteopathic GME Committee.

Dr. Dougherty is a national leader in the osteopathic medical profession, serving as an inspector for the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM), the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), the Council on Postdoctoral Training (COPT), and the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). He has served as Chair of the AOASM Committee on Education and Evaluation and is currently the Secretary of the AOASM Board of Directors. Dr. Dougherty is also member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) Board of Directors, AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research, Chair for the AOA Musculoskeletal Injuries and Prevention Task Force, and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA). Dr. Dougherty is also a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Osteopathic Principles Committee.

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October 2015
Vol. 9, No. 10