Presidential Inauguration and Convocation

For only the second time in its 40-year history, Western University of Health Sciences will inaugurate a new president.

Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, will be inaugurated as WesternU President at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Fairplex in Pomona. The Presidential Inauguration and University Convocation Ceremony will also formally open WesternU’s academic year. White coat ceremonies and an invitation-only Inauguration Reception and Formal Dinner will follow. Click here for more information.

Saturday’s full schedule will cap a week of special events. WesternU will hold a faculty and staff reception, a students’ breakfast with the President, and the President’s Symposium, “Science, Health and Humanism.” Click here to read the full story.

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Click here to read about Convocation and the white coat ceremony in Lebanon.


WesternU President’s Symposium features renowned clinical psychologist and author Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison

Three renowned authors and academic leaders headline the President’s Symposium, part of Western University of Health Sciences’ multi-day celebration of the inauguration of WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD.

The symposium, “Health, Science & Humanism,” will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, August 11, 2017 in WesternU Health Education Center Lecture Hall I, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. Click here for more information about WesternU’s Presidential Inauguration events.

Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, is a leading expert on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness. She is the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders, Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. She is also Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is co-author of the standard medical text on manic-depressive illness, Manic Depressive Illness: Bipolar Disorders and Recurrent Depression, which was chosen as the most outstanding book in biomedical sciences by the American Association of Publishers.

Roy Wilson, MD, became the 12th president of Wayne State University on August 1, 2013. Prior to joining Wayne State, Dr. Wilson served as deputy director for strategic scientific planning and program coordination at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health.

Dan Siegel, MD, is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and is the founding co-director of the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center at UCLA.

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From the College of Graduate Nursing:

WesternU College of Graduate Nursing receives federal funding to address nursing faculty shortage
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded the Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing $176,610 for the National Faculty Loan Program (NFLP).

Funds from the award will be used to prepare as many as 15 future nurse educators enrolled in the College of Graduate Nursing (CGN) Doctor of Nursing Practice program. 

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From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

CVM prof, alum provide giant panda training and research in China
In an effort to conserve the giant panda population, a College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) professor and alumna recently provided training and set up research projects in China that they hope will help save other endangered species.

CVM Associate Professor of Physiology David Kersey, PhD, was asked to return to China by the Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) Dujiangyan Base (DJY) and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breading (Chengdu Base). He has been providing training in China on giant panda hormone monitoring and breeding for more than a decade.

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
On June 16, Dr. Brion Benninger, Professor of Medical Innovation, Technology & Research delivered a formal presentation at the prestigious 301 Military Hospital in Beijing, China, which is a direct subsidiary of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and is the largest general hospital under the PLA. Its mission includes assuring the health of PLA and China’s leaders. The hospital has 125 clinical, medical and technological departments, and 4,000 patient beds. He presented wearing Google Glass on the Controversies of the Facial & Accessory Cranial Nerves related to Surgery, Radiology, Anatomy and Innovative Simulation with Sectra. There were many influential clinical and academic personnel from other institutions who attended the presentation. He also received a personal tour of the storied 301 Military Hospital. Special thanks to Professor S.M. Yang (Director and Chief of ENT), Dr. Huang and all the medical staff members of the 301 Hospital. Dr. Benninger discussed some of his innovative ideas which could address clinical issues of the head & neck area which lead to further interests and invites.


Fourth-year COMP student Ryan Bart has been invited to speak at TEDxFulbrightBogota on July 28, 2017. Bart will return to Bogota, Colombia, where he once taught magic to at-risk youth in dangerous and impoverished slums. His talk will showcase how students can leverage their magic skills they were taught and become young entrepreneurs. Bart previously spoke at TEDxSpokane on Oct. 22, 2016, talking about “Cultivate magic: Plant seeds of sustainability.”