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Leaving a Legacy

WVSOM President to Retire

adelman_wvsom After 16 years with the institution, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) President Michael D. Adelman, DO, DPM, JD, has announced his plans to retire, effective June 2018.

According to a media release issued by the school Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Adelman said the advance notice of his retirement date will enable WVSOM’s Board of Governors, in consultation with the college community, to have sufficient time to conduct a search for his successor.

During his tenure at WVSOM, Adelman oversaw the steady expansion of the campus and an upsurge in student applications. Pointing to the strong enrollment figures and “outstanding” quality of faculty and staff, Dr. Adelman said in the media release, “I believe the school is well positioned for the present and the future.”

“Our leadership team and the Board of Governors are incredibly dedicated to the mission of WVSOM, ensuring that we stay on the cutting edge of medical education,” he added.

“I will miss this school and its community. It is a special place with an unequaled passion and reputation for training the best osteopathic physicians,” said Dr. Adelman.

Among his many accomplishments as president, Dr. Adelman originated the concept for the design of the Clinical Evaluation Center, oversaw the addition of a Student Center, and presided over an increase in research and the development of the school’s first strategic plan. Also during his time at WVSOM’s helm, a new curriculum was developed, a simulation center was added, and the statewide campus system was created.

“Over the last 40 years of school history, no president has had the unparalleled passion for WVSOM as that of Michael Adelman,” stated Charles Davis, DO, Chair of WVSOM’s Board of Governors. “He leaves an undeniable, indelible legacy. To replace a man of such integrity and remarkable dedication will present the utmost challenge.”

The Board of Governors is expected to begin discussion of the search for Dr. Adelman’s successor at a meeting later this month. Read more.

In Memoriam: George T. Caleel, DO

George-T-Caleel-DOGeorge T. Caleel, DO, 87, died in his home on February 18, 2017, with his family at his side. He established a remarkable reputation during his 60-year career at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU) in Downers Grove, Illinois, where he treated patients and was a professor.

Dr. Caleel received his doctorate at what is now CCOM/MWU in 1955, specializing in internal medicine, and later studied the then-cutting-edge specialty of nuclear medicine. He remained certified in internal medicine, nuclear medicine, and endocrinology.

Dr. Caleel was a true renaissance man of his day. Throughout his extensive career, Dr. Caleel was active in many industries, but always stayed true to his roots and devotion to osteopathic medicine.

Dr. Caleel was Vice President for Clinical Education and a Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, among many other positions at CCOM/MWU over the past several decades, and was honored many times for his leadership, including with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)'s Great Pioneers in Osteopathic Medicine Award in 2008.

Among his many leadership positions, Dr. Caleel was Vice President of Medical Affairs for the former Hyde Park and Louise Burg Hospitals, Clinical Dean at CCOM/MWU, and Chairman of the Illinois Medical Disciplinary Board. Dr. Caleel served for many years on the American Osteopathic Board of Nuclear Medicine (AOBNM) and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine (AOBIM) as an officer and examiner. Notably, Dr. Caleel was also a consultant in Washington, DC during the ’60s and ’70s for the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, the Division of Physician Manpower, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Caleel is survived by his wife, Rebecca; sons Dr. George Sarkis (Emilee) and Dr. Tamer George (Alta); four grandchildren, Isabella, Elise, Chase, and George Jacob; and a brother, Dr. Richard T. Caleel (Anette).

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Infant Welfare Society of Oak Brook, Illinois, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.