A Tribute to Caring

Join us on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim to help raise funds for student scholarships. Guests at the “A Tribute to Caring” gala will enjoy a hosted reception with entertainment, along with a sumptuous dinner, an entertaining program, and after-dinner dancing and mingling.

WesternU will honor WesternU Board of Trustees Treasurer Ethan R. Allen, DO, with the Lifetime Achievement Award and international entrepreneur and philanthropist Leo Chu with the Global Health Education Ambassador Award.

Registration and reception will begin at 6:30. Dinner and program will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Click here to visit the ATC website for tickets and more information: https://www.westernu.edu/tribute/#home


WesternU to host internationally renowned transgender dentist to address LGBTQ health 

Western University of Heath Sciences College of Dental Medicine will welcome internationally renowned speaker Anne L. Koch, DMD, to campus Oct. 18-19, 2018 for a series of lectures and discussions focused on meeting the health care needs of the transgender community and supporting LGBTQ health care professionals.

Click here to register for the Distinguished Lecture and workshops with Dr. Anne Koch. Registration is free but required. Lectures will be streamed to WesternU’s Lebanon, Oregon campus.

Koch, a transgender who transitioned at the age of 65, earned her DMD and Certificate in Endodontics from the University of Pennsylvania and is the founder and past director of the Postdoctoral Program in Endodontics at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Koch will share her experience as a transgender patient and health care provider addressing the medical and oral health care needs of transgender patients.

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Inland Empire to talk stem cell research

The 2018 Inland Empire Stem Cell Consortium (IESCC) – comprised of researchers undertaking stem cell research throughout the Inland Empire – will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2018 at Western University of Health Sciences in the Health Professions Center, Amphitheater 2, 550 E. 2ndStreet, Pomona.

Researchers from the University of California, Riverside (UCR), WesternU, Loma Linda University (LLU), and California State University at San Bernardino (CSUSB) are participating.

The IESSC was created to provide open communication between stem cell laboratories in the Inland Empire, to establish broad-based training opportunities for students in stem cell biology, and to provide a forum for making stem cell research in the geographical area better known to people in the community.

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FACE-ing Autism with Integrated and Innovative Approaches

9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 on the first floor of the Health Education Center.

Faculty for Autism Collaboration and Education (FACE) will hold a special holiday event featuring Special Santa, who is sensitive to children with special needs. This event will feature a renowned special education and integrative therapy expert, WesternU’s own Dr. Denise Schilling. Dr. Schilling is a highly skilled physical therapist with training in Sensory Integration, ABA, and Special Education. She creatively combines approaches to better meet the needs of individual patients. She will be joined by Dr. Yawen Peng, a special needs dental expert. They will describe fun games they are developing to encourage dental care. Resources will be shared, and WesternU dental students will provide oral hygiene instructions, dental desensitization, nutritional counseling, and free dental supplies. Additional information about FACE can be found at www.westernu.edu/face.

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WesternU faculty is invited presenter at World Psychiatric Congress in Mexico City

WesternU Professor and Vice President for External and Clinical Affairs David Baron, DO, MSEd, presented three papers at the World Psychiatric Association 18th World Congress of Psychiatry in Mexico City Sept. 27-30, 2018. He presented “Sex differences in assessment and treatment of psychiatric symptoms in concussion and chronic disease,” an invited overview of his book “Teaching Psychiatry: A Global Perspective,” and “Exercise as a Treatment for Addiction.”

Dr. Baron also co-authored an article “Predicting Major Depressive Disorder In Disaster Victims” published in Science Trends. Click here to read the story: https://sciencetrends.com/predicting-major-depressive-disorder-in-disaster-victims/



From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Korean delegation visits WesternU for exploration of osteopathic medicine
A group of medical educators and evaluators from Korea visited Western University of Health Sciences to learn about osteopathic medicine. 

Representatives from Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, the Association of Korean Medicine, and the Institute of Korean Medicine Education & Evaluation learned about the WesternU College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) curriculum and residency training and toured WesternU’s Pomona, Calif. campus on Oct. 4, 2018. They ended their visit by meeting and sharing conversation with WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD.

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Kudos on accomplishments
Several WesternU-affiliated doctors were honored at the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) gala in San Diego, California Oct. 5, 2018.

COMP Associate Professor and alumnus Brian Loveless, DO ’02, was named Physician of the Year. Click here to read more.

COMP alumnus Matthew Barker, DO ’15, was named AOF/AAO (American Academy of Osteopathy) : Outstanding Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Resident of the Year. Click here to read more.

COMP-Northwest alumna Nicolette Rosendahl, DO ’15, was named AOF/American College of Osteopathic Internists (ACOI) Outstanding Resident of the Year in Internal Medicine. Click here to read more.

COMP Clinical Professor Dan Miulli, DO, was named American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Mentor of the Year.

A $10,000 grant was awarded to Jeannie Davis, EdD, from the Ford Family Foundation to help support the Lebanon Health Career Ladder Program. This grant award will purchase science supplies needed to host the monthly Saturday academies at WesternU COMP-Northwest for the next three years. With a focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) projects, LHCL gives students goals to aspire to and a vision of future possibilities. The LHCL program provides a spectrum of health care professions, emphasizing fun practical experiences and hands-on learning. For information about program see: https://www.westernu.edu/ladder-lebanon/about.php

Dr. Beatrice Saviola’s article “Over expression of the constitutive expression refractory MYCOBACTERIUM tuberculosis Rv3488 protein with an acid-inducible expression system” has been published in the Journal of Microbiological Methods.


Medical Anatomy Center news
Jonathon Mang, an Albany, Oregon paramedic, firefighter and Samaritan Life Support Educator who teaches COMP-Northwest students basic and cardiac life support, received the Oregon Emergency Medical Services Educator of the Year award on Sept. 28, 2018. Following two years of observing and mentoring Jon Mang, Dr. Brion Benninger submitted a successful application for the award to the Oregon Health Authority. Mang has taught our medical students life support courses, helped with donor cadaver research and CMEs. He epitomizes a lifelong learner and reflects the attitude and culture of WesternU.

Dr. Benninger combined a novel contrast medium with a perfusion technique he helped develop to be the first individual to successfully acquire 12-Tesla MRI scans highlighting the arterial and venous systems of the orbit, parotid gland, TMJ, thumb, and great toe. He demonstrated detailed anatomy in 3-D and believes it will be valuable for medical technology companies and health care providers interested in simulation, invasive instruments, procedures, and anatomy education.



From the College of Pharmacy:

Kudos on accomplishments
Click here to read College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration accomplishments at the California Society of Health-System Pharmacists Seminar 2018:




From the College of Graduate Nursing:

Kudos on accomplishments
College of Graduate Nursing alumna Lisa R. Roberts, DrPH, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, CHES, published the following: Roberts, L. R., Wilson, C. M. Stiel, L. Casiano, C. A., & Montgomery, S. B. (2018). Prostate Cancer Screening Among High-Risk Black Men The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 14(9), 677-682.



From the Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences:

Kudos on accomplishments
GCBS Associate Professor Fanglong Dong in collaboration with general surgeons (Dr. Wong at ARMC), resident (Dr. Bae), and medical students at Western U, had one poster presentation at the 2018 CHEST annual meeting. Their study examined the Efficacy of ibutilide on the conversion of acute atrial fibrillation.

Dr. Dong in collaboration with neurosurgery physicians (Dr. Miulli and colleagues) at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center had one paper published in Cureus. Their paper focused on surgical decompression technique in young adults who sustained Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.