Awards and Leadership

Bret Ripley, DO, Named Dean of DMU-COM

Dr. Ripley leaning against his deskAngela L. Walker Franklin, PhD, President of Des Moines University, announced the appointment of Bret Ripley, DO, as Dean of the University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, effective January 1, 2018.

Named chair of Des Moines University’s family and internal medicine department in 2013, he stepped up to become Interim Dean of DMUCOM after the resignation of Dean J.D. Polk, DO, in 2015. He did so again this fall after the departure of Dean Gregory Christiansen, DO.

“Dr. Ripley has a remarkable ability to lead with vision, management skills, and compassionate collegiality,” President Franklin says. “Our faculty, staff, students, and I have come to greatly value his wisdom and willingness to manage the college while also planning for its future.”

Ripley, who was named a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) in 2013, is a 2001 graduate of A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM), where he completed a fellowship in osteopathic manual medicine (OMM).

“To me, leadership is finding the vision of a group and helping it attain that vision,” he says. “Management is the day-to-day operations, the budget, and the five-year strategic plan. But defining that plan and getting people to buy into the vision comprise effective leadership. I see serving as Dean as a combination of both skill sets.” Read more.