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DMU Names New COM Dean

Gregory Christiansen, DO, MEd, Chair and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM), was recently announced as Dean of the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM), effective December 1, 2016.

Dr. Christiansen is currently the Director of CUSOM’s simulation and ultrasound labs, and physician assistant program. He also plays a pivotal role in the student-run free clinic that allows Campbell University students to work in an interprofessional education (IPE) setting. Prior to joining Campbell University in 2014, Dr. Christiansen was the Director of Simulation and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. He has been a member of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP) Board of Directors since 2001 and served as President from 2011 to 2013. During DMU’s search for a permanent COM dean, Bret Ripley, DO, current Chair of Family Medicine, has served as Interim Dean. Read more. 

LUCOM Leadership Continues with Strong Foundations in Military Medicine

Ronnie B. Martin, DO, recently stepped down from his position as Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) Dean. On September 1, David F. Klink, DO, assumed the position of LUCOM Interim Dean.

Dr. Martin was named Founding Dean and CAO for the proposed LUCOM in April of 2012 and has continued efforts to develop the institution into one recognized for excellence in the training of osteopathic physicians, and the blending of osteopathic principles and philosophy with Christian principles and scientifically based knowledge.

Dr. Martin served his fellow citizens and country during his 23-year association with the U.S. Army, the Army Reserves, and the National Guard of Oklahoma. During that time, he was both an NCO and an officer, as well as a physician. Dr. Martin has served on multiple boards with the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), as well as state and federal government health care-related committees and boards. He currently serves on the AOA Bureau of Federal Health Policy and as Treasurer of the Political Action Committee.

Dr. Klink is the new Interim Dean, current Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, and Chair of the Department of Specialty Medicine at LUCOM. Dr. Klink has also served in the U.S. Armed Forces. He was the Director of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Service and Division Officer of Ophthalmology at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) from 1997 to 2002, and served as the Department Head of Ophthalmology at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) for his final three years in the United States Navy.

Dr. Klink is the recipient of the United States Navy Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy Commendation Medals, and two Navy Achievement Medals. In 2014 he was presented the Master Clinician Award by the Medical Staff of NMCP. Dr. Klink retired from the U.S. Navy in July of 2015 after 28 years of active service. Read more.

TouroCOM Appoints Interim Dean of Harlem Campus

Martin Diamond, DO, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) Founding Dean, has been appointed Interim Dean of the TouroCOM Harlem Campus. He replaces Robert Goldberg, DO, who has assumed the position of Director of Strategic Medical Initiatives for Touro College. Dr. Diamond recently served as Director of Osteopathic Medical Education at the Nassau University Medical Center, and he has practiced medicine in Long Island, NY for nearly four decades. He has also served as the Associate Dean for the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California (TUCOM-CA).

Dr. Diamond’s leadership has included service as Chairman of the New York State Board of Medicine, as well as both Director and President of the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society, among other positions. He has also served as a member of the House of Delegates of the AOA, after many years as Chairman of the New York delegation.

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September 2016
Vol. 10, No. 7