Craig Lenz, DO, FAODME, has been named Dean of the College of Osteopathic

Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) at Western University of Health Sciences as

a conclusion to a national search and recommendation from the search


“”Dr. Lenz has the skill, knowledge, ability and desire to lead the College

to a new level,”” said George Charney, DO, FAOCA, FAODME, executive vice

president of academic affairs and chief academic officer. “”He has an

extensive background in both medicine and education and he has already

proven himself a leader at Western University.””

Formerly an emergency department physician at Redington-Fairview Hospital

in Maine, Lenz said he has always been interested in the academic side of

medicine. He served for more than 10 years as a clinical clerkship

coordinator for the Area Health Education program at the University of New

England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and also worked as the

osteopathic director of medical education for the family practice

residency program at Eastern Maine Medical Center.

“”Working with faculty and students at a dynamic and growing institution

such as COMP has been a real opportunity, and I look forward to leading

the College in preparing the health care teams of tomorrow,”” Lenz said.

He noted that the University is in a strong financial position, is in the

midst of building a new library and learning resources center, and has

strong applicant pools for all its programs. The University is continually

adding new faculty and staff.

The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific now enrolls 176

medical students in each class. “”What makes Western University

distinctive is its commitment to preparing physicians and other health

professionals who are not only skilled, but also compassionate,”” he added.

Lenz said one of his top goals as dean is to expand the number of clinical

rotations available for students in the greater Los Angeles area. He also

plans to work closely with deans of Western University’s other Colleges to

ensure that the University prepares health care professionals to work as a

team. “”As the health care industry evolves, teamwork is becoming more

important-our graduates have an advantage because they are trained to

think in those terms from the beginning.”” According to Dr. Charney, a

selection committee recommended Dr. Lenz for dean position after seeing

him in action as assistant dean.

“”Dr. Lenz is an educator and a healer, and that combination has been a

welcome addition to our University,”” Dr. Charney said.

Dr. Lenz earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from

Princeton University, and was in a master’s program in counseling

psychology at the University of Pennsylvania prior to entering medical

school. He received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is certified by the

American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Osteopathic

Family Practitioners, and holds membership with the American Osteopathic

Association (AOA) and the Academy of Osteopathic Directors and Medical

Educators (AODME). He was elected to fellowship in AODME about 10 years


He is currently living in Alta Loma, and enjoys scuba diving and power

boating. He and his wife have three grown children.