Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) has named Andrew Pumerantz, DO, as the Chair of Internal Medicine.

Pumerantz, who joined WesternU in summer 2007, has served as interim chair since January and also serves as the Chief of the Division of Infectious Disease.

“I am honored that Dean Adams has asked me to lead the Department of Internal Medicine here at COMP,” Pumerantz said. “This department is in the midst of dynamic and exponential growth with the creation of several divisions representing the various subspecialties of internal medicine. We have thus far recruited superb clinician-educators to the faculty from the disciplines of cardiovascular medicine; pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine; HIV medicine; hospitalist medicine; and infectious disease.”

In anticipation of Western’s mission of providing interprofessional education, research and health care, Pumerantz’s vision for further growth of the department will at the very least involve the fields of endocrinology, diabetology, nephrology and digestive diseases, he said.

“Our growth, both in breadth and depth, will serve to support not only COMP, but the university’s burgeoning colleges of podiatric medicine, dental medicine and optometry,” Pumerantz said.

WesternU anticipates opening colleges of podiatric medicine, dental medicine, optometry and biomedical sciences in 2009.

During the past year, Pumerantz has begun to develop COMP’s first major department of internal medicine in 30 years. His presence has attracted multiple applicants for faculty positions, according to COMP Dean Clint Adams, DO, FAAFP, FACHE.

“Our students report their enthusiasm about the rigor, the depth and the excitement Dr. Pumerantz brings to the classroom,” Adams said.

The mentorship provided by Pumerantz has engulfed Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) where he has established a “Meet-the-Chair, An Interactive Symposium” for residents and medical students at ARMC. He is attending the resident clinic in ARMC and is frequently seen on resident rounds.

“We look forward to the further development of these relationships throughout the three counties in which we work,” Adams said.

Pumerantz served as a clinical instructor at Yale University School of Medicine from 1995 to 1999, and also worked in private practice as a partner of an infectious diseases consulting group on Long Island, N.Y.

He is a 1988 graduate of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served as chief medical resident at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and as a fellow in infectious diseases at Yale University School of Medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease.

COMP’s Department of Internal Medicine will provide leadership and direction for the clinical components of the curriculum and maintain a continuum of core internal medicine education to COMP’s third- and fourth-year students on their clinical clerkships, Pumerantz said.

“This is an exciting and heady time to be at WesternU and, as chair, I welcome only the best people to join us in our ongoing quest for medical excellence,” he said.