VA Secretary Appoints Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, to Advisory Committee on Academic Affiliations


November 28, 2016 

Paul DeMiglio
Senior Media Specialist 

Dean_Cavalieri-edited(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert A. McDonald has appointed Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, Dean and Professor of Medicine at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) in Stratford, New Jersey, to serve on the VA National Academic Affiliations Council (NAAC). The NAAC will hold its next meeting in Boston, Massachusetts on November 29-30.

Dr. Cavalieri’s appointment succeeds American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) President and CEO, Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, who has served on the committee since it was established in October 2011. Dr. Cavalieri was nominated by AACOM for his support of innovative medical education programs to train the next generation of physicians, as well as for his experience developing systems supporting high-quality care for an aging population.

The VA projects there are approximately 9.8 million veterans over the age of 65 in the United States. Dr. Cavalieri’s experience will be advantageous in the NAAC’s role advising the VA on partnering with its academic affiliates to support programs that train the future physician workforce to care for our nation’s aging veteran population.

“As a former NAAC representative, I am confident that Dr. Cavalieri’s perspective and expertise will be invaluable as the VA seeks to optimize academic affiliations and enhance performance standards for VA programs,” said Dr. Shannon.

In addition to his role as Dean and Professor of Medicine at RowanSOM, Dr. Cavalieri serves as the Osteopathic Heritage Endowed Chair for Primary Care Research. His extensive knowledge of medical education is evidenced by his appointments to multiple federal and state advisory committees and leadership in many national-level professional associations, including AACOM, where he currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Deans. Dr. Cavalieri has also been widely recognized for invigorating RowanSOM as a campus of the future, and cultivating interprofessional collaboration in health education, research, and clinical care.

In response to this appointment, Dr. Cavalieri said, “I look forward to working with my fellow NAAC appointees and other members of the health professions academic community to provide recommendations that better align the missions and operations of the VA and its academic affiliates.”

The NAAC, a 14-member advisory committee, was established to provide recommendations to the Secretary and Under Secretary for Health on opportunities to enhance planning and coordination between the VA and our nation’s health professions schools and universities.

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The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 33 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 48 teaching locations in 31 states. In the 2015-16 academic year these colleges are educating over 26,100 future physicians—more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 27 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 provides leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence in medical education, research and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public.