From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Dr. Natalie Nevins and Dr. Edward Goering Receive Arnold P Gold Foundation’s Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award
Dr. Natalie Nevins, Assistant Dean of Clinical Education, and Dr. Edward Goering, Assistant Professor of OMM, are the recipients of the 2018 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award. This award recognizes faculty members who demonstrate clinical excellence and outstanding compassion in the delivery of care, and show respect for patients, their families and healthcare colleagues.

Click here to read Dr. Nevin’s bio.

Click here to read Dr. Goering’s bio. 


I Know Dino podcast
Dr. Elizabeth Rega is featured in episode 183 of the scientific dinosaur education podcast “I Know Dino.” She discusses her chapter in the Complete Dinosaur about dinosaur pathologies, as well as her work on the microanatomy of fractures in the extinct mammal ancestor Dimetrodon, famous for the prominent sail in its back. Click here to listen to the podcast:


Gift of Literacy Day
WesternU COMP-Northwest hosted the Lebanon 2017 Gift of Literacy Day on Tuesday, May 30. Hundreds of Lebanon school district first-graders joined us and many community volunteers to spend a fun-filled morning reading. The idea is to encourage early literacy and the love of reading by giving new hardcover books to first-grade students each year.  Each first-grader received a book of their own to take home and enjoy or share with others.



From the College of Graduate Nursing:

WesternU College of Graduate Nursing leader tapped for national innovation boot camp
Today’s students have grown up with smartphones, social media and ever-evolving digital content. Engaging them in classroom, lab and clinical settings requires faculty to have high digital IQs.

Western University of Health Sciences College of Graduate Nursing Assistant Dean of Global Health and Innovations Ivy Tuason, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, is one of 30 nursing leaders from across the country selected to participate in the inaugural American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)-Apple Digital Innovation Bootcamp: From Content to Action, which will be held July 9-12 in Austin, Texas.

Click here to read the full story. 



From the College of Allied Health Professions:

Kudos on accomplishments
Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Professor Janet Konecne, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS, presented “Improvisational Games to Enhance Communication Challenges” at The Teaching Professor’s Conference, in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 1-3, 2018.  This highly competitive and prestigious conference had more than 500 submissions of which only 70 participants were selected.



From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Anne Kugler has been accepted into ACCP’s Mentored Research Investigator Training (MeRIT) program. It is a competitive two-year investigator development program which matches a mentee with a research mentor, and a local advisor, and focuses on research design, data collection, presentation, and manuscript preparation.

Dr. Janice Hoffman presented the following poster at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Fla., along with Dr. Elizabeth Akhparyan (PGY-1 Resident), and Dr. Kevin Mai (Class 2018): Mai K, Wilson D, Pumerantz P, Robinson D, Akhparyan E, Yeung A, Hoffman J. Evaluation of Experience and Knowledge when Providing Targeted Education in Geriatrics.

Dr. Hoffman attended the California Association of Long Term Care Medicine (CALTCM) Annual Meeting in May 2018 in Los Angeles with four poster presentations by WesternU COP (California chapter of the American Medical Directors Association-physician target audience) 

Elizabeth Akhparyan (PGY-1 Resident), Omar Deleon (Class of 2018), Vincent Mach (Class of 2018), Harry Sarkissian (Class of 2018).

Second-place winner of the poster session: Akhparyan E, Shmaeff R, Smith R, Hoffman J. Assessment of Adherence to Renal Dosing Guidelines in Patients with Documented Chronic Kidney Disease.

Deleon O, Akhparyan E, Shmaeff R, Smith R, Hoffman J. Prevalence of Narcotic Use for Pain Management in Elderly Residing in a Skilled Nursing Facility.

Mach V, Akhparyan E, Shmaeff R, Smith R, Hoffman J. Use of COPD Medications in the Elderly Living in a Skilled Nursing Facility.

Sarkissian H, Akhparyan E, Shmaeff R, Smith R, Hoffman J. Impact of Laxative Polypharmacy on Elderly Living within a Skilled Nursing Facility.

Dr. David Min attended the American Transplant Congress Annual Meeting June 2-6, 2018 in Seattle, Wash., and presented the following posters:

Min DI, Chang Y, Shah T. Genetic Risk Factors of Post-transplant Thrombocytopenia in Kidney Allograft Recipients.

Min DI, Chang Y, Shah T.  Association between genetic polymorphisms of Fc gamma receptor genes (FcgR) and the development of donor specific antibodies (DSA) after kidney transplant.



From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Professor Teresa Y. Morishita, DVM, MPVM, MS, PhD, DACPV, along with colleagues from Michigan State University, Purdue University, and the University of Minnesota, just hosted the Poultry Health Management School in St. Paul, Minnesota May 14-17. The Turkey and Broiler Health Management School was held from May 14-15 and the Layer Health Management School was held on May 16-17. Both schools exceeded the maximum attendance number of 70 participants per school. Total attendance was 140 participants who came from throughout the nation, from California to New York, including international participants from Japan. Dr. Morishita is the founding Director of the Poultry Health Management School, which has been providing educational outreach to the nation’s poultry producers for the past 17 years. For the first time this year, the Poultry Health Management was able to obtain financial contributions from Best Veterinary Solutions, Inc. to provide two Opening Receptions for each school and also industry donations from both Elanco and National Corn Growers Association to provide the book, Avian Disease Manual (produced by the American Association of Avian Pathologists; $75 retail) to paid registrants. Dr. Morishita and her colleagues are grateful for the support of their colleagues from the poultry and allied industries and academic institutions, including the University of Missouri, which continue to support this educational program for the U.S. poultry industry to help keep poultry healthy.



From the Office of Public Affairs:

Spring 2018 WesternU View
The Spring 2018 edition of the WesternU View magazine has arrived. You can pick up a copy from the magazine stands around campus or contact Public Affairs for multiple copies. An electronic version of the magazine is available online at

The cover story features a celebration of life honoring the legacy of Dr. Pumerantz. The magazine also highlights how a teenager with a visual impairment finds freedom behind the wheel and help from the WesternU Eye Care Institute and how two WesternU College of Graduate Nursing alumni joined the Pomona Unified School District and utilize their interprofessional skills every day to provide for children in need.