Commemorating the life and achievements of WesternU Founding President Dr. Philip Pumerantz, 1932-2017

Click here to read Dr. Pumerantz’s obituary in the Los Angeles Times:

Click here to read Dr. Pumerantz’s obituary in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:

Click here to read WesternU’s official news release:

Please come to the Harriet K. and Philip Pumerantz Library to view a display of objects and photos from the University Archives commemorating the life and achievements of WesternU’s first president and founder, Dr. Philip Pumerantz. You can view the display during the library’s regular operating hours from now until February 11, 2018.



Former WesternU COMP Dean Donald Krpan, DO, left lasting impact

Donald J. Krpan, DO, FACOFP, who served as dean and provost of Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) and championed the osteopathic profession, died on January 4, 2018, his family announced.

A funeral Mass was held Jan. 12 in Yorba Linda. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Osteopathic Foundation, 142 East Ontario Street, Suite 1450, Chicago, IL 60611.

Click here to read the full story.



From the College of Podiatric Medicine:

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, 2018 in the Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 1.

David M. Carlisle, MD, PhD, will present “Sisyphus and the Sailboat – The Course Toward Universal Health Insurance in the U.S.”

Click here to view a flier.



From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
James L. Borke, PhD, has been elected as Vice President of the Craniofacial Biology Group of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR).  His position will take effect after the international meeting in London in July. This position is a four year commitment as next year he will automatically move up to President Elect, then President, and then Past-President of the Group.



From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Emmanuelle Schwartzman was bestowed an award by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists for Pharmacy Residency Excellence, recognizing her outstanding contributions as a mentor, preceptor and Director of Residency programs. The award was presented at ASHP Midyear held in Orlando, Florida in early December.

At this meeting, Dr. James Scott was co-presenter of a CE program titled, “The Expanding Role of the Pharmacist in HIV Prevention: What Do You Know About PrEP?”

Dr. Janice Hoffman and her resident, Elizabeth Akhparyan, PharmD ’17, presented the following at the World Congress of Clinical Pharmacy Practice in Rome, Italy Dec 7-9, 2017: “Interprofessional Approach to Geriatric Care” by Elizabeth Akhparyan, Mary Hudson-McKinney, Anna Yeung (in absentia) and Janice Hoffman.

Keynote presentation: “International Perspective: An Innovative Leadership Model for Healthcare Teams” by Janice Hoffman-Simen, PharmD, CGP, FASCP, EdD candidate 



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
WesternU CVM graduate Heidi Agnic, DVM ’07, recently took a position as Associate Professor in Biology at Northern Virginia Community College in Springfield, VA. Dr. Agnic will be teaching both human and veterinary anatomy and physiology courses.

CVM Associate Professor Yiling Hong co-authored with her colleagues Neza Repar, Hao Li, Jose S. Aguilar, Qingshun Q. Li and Drobne Damjana an article titled “Silver nanoparticles induce neurotoxicity in a human embryonic stem cell-derived neuron and astrocyte network,” which was accepted in the peer-reviewed journal Nanotoxicology (Article DOI 10.1080/17435390.2018.1435497. impact factor 7). Dr. Hong is the corresponding author.

In 1987, CVM Associate Professor Miguel D. Saggese, who was at that time a veterinary student, together with Eduardo R. De Lucca, conducted a pioneering study on Argentine raptors in Southern Patagonia, Argentina. A total of 10 scientific articles and several divulgation notes were published as a result of that expedition in the late 1980s. One of the most unexpected results, particularly because it happened many years later, was the incorporation of the El Cuadro Ranch (the study site), and other neighboring ranches, into the Petrified Forest National Park. You can read the complete story in the following article celebrating the 30th anniversary of this study: “Beyond the paper – 30 years of the Aguila Escudea Project: an overview of the historical and human side of a pioneer study on the birds of prey of Argentina”. Bulletin Spizaetus-Neotropical Raptor Network Newsletter, 24, December 2017, pp:8-15



From Learning Enhancement and Academic Development (LEAD):

Kudos on accomplishments
On January 6, 2018, Dr. Hector Arroyo Jr. presented a poster session titled “Stop Blinding Them with Science: Creating a Holistic Graduate Health Professions Bridge Program” at the 16th annual Hawaii International Conference on Education in Waikiki, Hawaii. The conference had more than 1,300 participants representing more than 30 countries. The poster session described six best practices for creating a holistic interprofessional summer prep program for incoming WesternU students. The poster stemmed from LEAD’s annual five-week Summer Preparedness and Readiness Course (SPaRC).