Craig Lenz, DO, FAODME, has joined Western University of Health Sciences

(WesternU) as the Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs for the College of

Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. In this position, he will oversee the

administration of the clinical departments and work to recruit new

clinical department chairpersons. He will also serve as liaison between

the clinical faculty and the dean.

“”One of my goals is to expand the number of clinical rotations available

for students in the greater Los Angeles area,”” Dr. Lenz said. “”I enjoy

working with medical students in all the different disciplines, and I’m

looking forward to the opportunity to help them make the most of their

clinical experiences.””

Formerly an emergency department physician at Redington-Fairview Hospital

in Maine, Dr. 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.

“”I’ve been heavily involved in education for nearly 20 years, but have

never had the chance to do it full time,”” Dr. Lenz said. “”WesternU gave me

that opportunity, and it was especially attractive to me because of the

concept of having all the different health disciplines on one campus.””

According to George Charney, DO, FAOCA, FAODME, executive vice president

of academic affairs and chief academic officer, Dr. Lenz brings a solid

background of medical experience to the University which will positively

impact clinical education.

“”His extensive medical background makes him perfect for this position,””

Dr. Charney said. “”He’s an educator and a healer, and that combination is

a welcome addition to our university.””

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


Before his move to WesternU, the furthest west Dr. Lenz had lived was

Philadelphia. He said that over the years, he and his wife Linda “”just got

tired of winter.

“”I’m really excited about not needing to own a snow-thrower any more; I

love seeing sunshine all the time,”” he said.

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

boating. He and his wife have three grown children.