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KCU Names Paula Gregory, DO, Dean of Joplin Campus

03-2016_PaulaGregory_leadershipKansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) announced that Paula M. Gregory, DO, will join the university as dean of its new college of osteopathic medicine (COM) in Joplin, MO, effective June 1, 2016. The campus will enroll its first class of 150 students in the fall of 2017.

Among her duties as dean, Dr. Gregory will lead faculty and students at the Joplin campus in academics and co-curricular activities. She will also engage in ongoing outreach with the community and enhance relationships with local hospitals and physicians.

“I’m honored to be selected as dean for KCU’s new campus and look forward to serving the people of Southwest Missouri and the community of Joplin,” said Dr. Gregory. “Local health professionals and community leaders have joined together in a unique way to make this school a reality. The community is very warm and the people are incredibly engaged.”

Dr. Gregory currently serves as Assistant Dean of Clinical Education for Georgia Campus-Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) in Stone Mountain, GA. She brings a comprehensive background in medical education, family practice, and rural medicine to KCU’s Joplin campus. She has started and directed residency programs, overseen clinical simulation training, and actively taught in the classroom and the clinic.

“Dr. Gregory’s strong background in primary care with a formidable emphasis in rural health made her a great candidate for the position,” said Bruce Dubin, DO, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost, and Dean of KCU-COM.

The development of the new KCU-COM Joplin campus has been accelerated by the collaborative efforts of Mercy Hospital Joplin, Freeman Health System, the City of Joplin, and philanthropic leadership from the surrounding community. It will be the first new medical school to open in Missouri in 46 years.

WesternU Names New President

The Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) Board of Trustees recently approved Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, as second president of WesternU, effective July 1, 2016.

Dr. Wilson succeeds Philip Pumerantz, PhD, WesternU Founding President, who served for 38 years before stepping down in September 2015 and assuming the role of President Emeritus.

“Dan Wilson’s experience, skills, education and personal philosophy make him an ideal fit for WesternU,” Dr. Pumerantz said. “He has a deep understanding and appreciation of the humanistic philosophy that lies at the core of our institution, and the capacity to take the University to new heights in health sciences education, research, and patient care.”

Dr. Wilson will come to WesternU after serving as Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the College of Medicine at the University of Florida Health Science Center-Jacksonville.

“We believe Dr. Wilson will lead the University into the challenges of the future with the support of the Trustees, administration, faculty, staff, and students, of course,” said Richard Bond, DO, Chair of the WesternU Board of Trustees.
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March 2016
Vol. 10, No. 3