Vincent Naimoli retires from WesternU board

Entrepreneur and Tampa Bay Rays founder Vincent J. Naimoli, MBA, LHD (Hon.), has retired from the Western University of Health Sciences Board of Trustees after serving more than eight years.

“We are appreciative of the time he contributed to the board. He made great efforts to be here on regular basis, despite the long distance he had to fly from Florida,” said WesternU Board of Trustees Chairman Richard Bond, DO, DrPH. “He was always very supportive of the university and he brought his business expertise to help us in our marketing.”

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State Sen. Hernandez urges WesternU students to get involved

State Sen. Ed Hernandez, OD, D-West Covina, urged Western University of Health Sciences students to get angry and get involved to better their professions and their communities.

Hernandez talked about “The Importance of Being Engaged” with a lecture hall filled mainly with pharmacy and optometry students Dec. 6, 2017 in Pomona, Calif. Hernandez is an optometrist with offices in La Puente and Duarte. He is running for California Lt. Governor in 2018.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Research study
Please help us spread the word about a research study being conducted at WesternU.

Have you been diagnosed with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes for at least one year? If you are at least 18 years of age, you may qualify to participate in a clinical research study of an investigational, rapid acting diabetic medication. If eligible, you will receive at no cost:

 – Study-related medical examinations

 – Study-related investigational medication

 – Diabetes testing supplies

 – Compensation for time and travel (where permitted)

 – Diet and lifestyle counseling

For more information, or to find out if you qualify, please contact Albert Medina by phone at 909-469-8626 or by email at

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COMP professor to give talk
Dr. Vicki Wedel of COMP will be giving a talk at the Western Science Center in Hemet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14. The talk is titled “Bones, Ballistics, and Blunt Force Trauma.”


Medical Anatomy Center news
Professor Brion Benninger, MD, MSc, was the invited Honorary Guest Speaker at the Annual Philippines Society of Anatomists conference Dec 1-2. He was introduced as a Medical Educational Futurist with innovative teaching methods which integrate evidence based medicine, theory and psychology with exponential technologies to approximately 42 of 50 medical schools in the Philippines. The title of his presentation was “Methodologies and Technologies of Teaching Anatomy for the New Millennium.” Dr. Benninger visited medical schools in and around Manila, where he discussed educational techniques and demonstrated various imaging technologies including handheld and wearable ultrasound, Sectra, augmented realities, and various simulation topics. Dr. Benninger is working with national medical education experts in the Philippines to develop a course that integrates technology, anatomy, imaging and simulation.



From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments
Congratulations to Quannetta T. Edwards, PhD, MSN, MPH, FNP-BC, WHNP, AGN-BC, FAANP, and Ruth Trudgeon, DNP, MSN, RN, for their recent publication titled “Readmission rates, risk zones and demographic factors of healthy term breastfed newborns with hyperbilirubinemia: A retrospective chart review” in the online Research Reviews: Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences, 3(3),December 2017.

Congratulations to Dr. Ivy Tuason (CGN) and Dr. Fanglong Dong (GCBS) and their collaborator, Dr. Racidon Bernarte from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, on their recent publication: Tuason I, Bernarte, R, and Dong, F. The Relationship of Religion, Religiosity, and Parental Communication in the Sexual Behaviors of Filipinos Aged 18-25 Years in the United States and the Philippines. Asian Pacific Island Nursing Journal. 2017;2(4): 1-9.



From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Fanglong Dong, in collaboration with Dr. Redmond (PI), had a paper accepted for publication. Their study aimed to use national data to study the association between food insecurity and pre-hypertension, pre-diabetes. The citation is as follows: Redmond, M.L., Dong, F., Twumasi-Ankrah, P., Hines, R.B., Jacobson, L.T., Ablah, E., Johnston, J. & Collins, T.C.  Food insecurity and pre-hypertension, pre-diabetes in adult women: Results from the 2007-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.  Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice (In Press). 



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professor Teresa Y. Morishita published a chapter titled “Chapter 6: Backyard Poultry and Waterfowl” with her co-authors, Cheryl B. Greenacre and G. Lynne Luna, in the book, Exotic Animal Formulary, 5th Edition, published by Elsevier, pgs.376-430. This is a new chapter for the 5th edition of Exotic Animal Formulary and is the first comprehensive drug and medication formulary for backyard poultry and waterfowl. With the increasing interest in backyard poultry medicine, the authors hope that this will serve as a much-needed resource for veterinarians and their feathered patients.

CVM Associate Professor Babak Faramarzi, presented a talk at the American College of Veterinary Radiologist (ACVR) titled “Radiographic analysis of the forefoot of foals during the first year of life.” Collaborators include faculty from Cal Poly Pomona, Colorado State University, veterinary surgery hospitals as well as Dr. Dong (GCBS) and Allison Salinger, DVM 2018.



From University Advancement:

Alumni news
On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the Alumni Office hosted a lunch for the DPM Class of 2018, who were back on campus last week from their rotations. Director of Alumni Relations Russel Heskin briefly spoke to the soon-to-be graduates about staying connected and involved as alumni.

Last week saw two COMP alumni return to campus to speak with current students. On Monday, Dec. 4, Alexandra Myers, DO ’10, MSHS ’10, spoke about her career working in sports medicine in San Diego; and on Thursday, Dec. 7, Eric Hansen, DO ’99, spoke about his experiences opening and running his own solo practice in the high desert.