WesternU’s ‘A Tribute to Caring’ builds new endowments, honors two doctors who care

Western University of Health Sciences celebrated a number of firsts at its annual fundraising gala “A Tribute to Caring,” from the unprecedented establishment of three new endowed scholarships to honoring its first graduate for his stewardship of the University.

WesternU held “A Tribute to Caring” (ATC) Nov. 9, 2019 in its home city of Pomona, California for the first time, an elegant, star-accented affair at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center. ATC had a Presenting Sponsor for the first time, a generous supporter who wished to remain anonymous. The generosity of this sponsor and everyone who attended was appreciated.

“A Tribute to Caring acknowledges the outstanding work being done by our amazing students, faculty and staff, and the importance of every student and scholarship,” WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, said to the many guests in the audience. “But it is also a celebration of all of you. By supporting ‘A Tribute to Caring’ and Western University of Health Sciences, you are creating future generations of healers, researchers, community health advocates and engaged citizens who will ultimately impact the lives of – literally – millions of people over generations to come.”

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From the College of Health Sciences:

WesternU to open Doctor of Physical Therapy program in Oregon
Western University of Health Sciences will welcome its first class of Doctor of Physical Therapy students to its WesternU Oregon campus in Lebanon, Oregon in 2022.

WesternU’s College of Health Sciences (CHS) is assembling the Department of Physical Therapy Education (DPTE) team that will make this a reality, led by CHS Interim Dean Dee Schilling, PT, PhD, FNAP, and DPTE Oregon Chair and Associate Professor Chad Lairamore, PT, PhD, FNAP.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Dr. Chad Lairamore as Chair of our new Oregon Physical Therapy program,” said WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD. “Not only does Dr. Lairamore have precisely the right professional background to lead this important new endeavor, he also has a natural affinity to the WesternU ethos of humanistic science.”

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From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Anandi V. Law has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Contemporary Pharmacy Practice. Dr. Law had previously served on the Editorial Review Committee and Advisory Board for the journal.

Dr. Don Roosan has been appointed to the Medical and Scientific Advisors Board (Honorary position) of Self Care Catalysts, Inc. for his expertise in population health and informatics. Self Care Catalysts is a patient-centered digital therapeutics, intelligence and analytics company deriving value from real world evidence and patient journey data to inform clinical care, product life cycle management, and behavior change interventions.

WesternU was invited to lead a study examining pharmacists’ views and perceptions on credentialing in pharmacy practice by the American Pharmacists Association. Dr. Anandi V. Law and Dr. Micah Hata served as principal investigator and co-investigator, respectively. It should be noted that the other two authors were post-docs at WesternU. Dr. Sun Lee was a fellow of Dr. Law, and Dr. Nancy Dao was a resident of Dr. Hata.

Lee S, Dao N, Hata M, Law AV. Credentialing in Pharmacy Practice: Examining Pharmacist Views and Perceptions. Innovations in Pharmacy. 2019; 10(4).


Dr. Joelle Ayoub published a review on updates in COPD management, focusing on maintenance therapy and prevention of exacerbations. Ayoub J, Hoie E, Begley K, O’Brien K, Tilleman J, Stewart, K. Maintenance Therapy and Prevention of Exacerbations in COPD Patients. Nebraska Mortar and Pestle. 2019; 82(5):15-24.

Dr. Sheryl Chow attended the 23rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America in Philadelphia, Pa. Sept. 13-16. Dr. Chow served/participated in the following: Co-Chair, Program Committee; Panelist, opening Plenary Session Lectures: Independence from Heart Failure: Awareness, Empathy, and Activism; Co-Chair, Digital Medicine and Design Thinking Workshop; Co-Chair, AHA-HFSA Joint Session: Strategies for Heart Failure Prevention; Mentor, Speed Mentorship Session; Additionally, Dr. Chow was interviewed for expert commentary in MEDPAGE TODAY about use of Spironolactone for HF Prevention following the newly presented data from HOMAGE, a proteomics study at the HFSA Annual Meeting. https://www.medpagetoday.com/meetingcoverage/hfsa/82216