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Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, Reappointed to the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation



Christine DeCarlo
Advocacy and Public Affairs Manager
Office of Government Relations
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(Washington, DC) – U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos reappointed Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, Dean, Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM), in Stratford New Jersey, to serve on the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA). The Committee consists of eleven appointed members who evaluate the standards used by foreign countries to accredit medical schools and determine whether those standards are comparable to standards used to accredit medical schools in the United States.

Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), stated, “Dr. Cavalieri’s notable expertise as a medical education leader will serve him well in offering valuable insight to the Committee as it works to evaluate the standards of accreditation applied to foreign medical schools, and determine the comparability of those standards to standards applied to U.S. medical schools. A determination of comparability of accreditation standards by the NCFMEA is an eligibility requirement for foreign medical schools to participate in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program.”

Nominated by AACOM, Dr. Cavalieri was previously appointed to the NCFMEA in 2015 and served through September 30, 2017. In addition to his role on this Committee, he currently serves on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Academic Affiliations Council, an appointment he has held since 2016. In 2003, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages. Dr. Cavalieri has also served the State of New Jersey in various capacities, including his appointment by the Governor to the New Jersey Commission on Aging. A long-standing esteemed member and past Chair of AACOM’s Board of Deans, Dr. Cavalieri has also served since 2008 on the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and chaired the Commission from 2012 to 2014.

In addition to serving as RowanSOM’s Dean, Dr. Cavalieri is also the Osteopathic Heritage Endowed Chair for Primary Care Research and Professor of Medicine. Having published nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters, Dr. Cavalieri’s major research interests include end-of-life care and geriatric assessment; he has received numerous grants to fund research, training, and education in geriatrics. Dr. Cavalieri earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at the Des Moines Still College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, currently the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and completed his residency in internal medicine, following which he pursued advanced training in geriatric medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. He is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Osteopathic Internists, and the American Geriatrics Society.


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 34 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 51 teaching locations in 32 states. In the current academic year, these colleges are educating nearly 29,000 future physicians—more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 28 are private institutions.

AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOM’s mission is to promote excellence in osteopathic medical education, in research and in service, and to foster innovation and quality among osteopathic medical colleges to improve the health of the American public.


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