Living a longer, healthier life: A systems approach to medicine at WesternU’s Pumerantz Lecture

The future of medicine in the 21st century will focus on wellness, mapped and tracked down to the genetic level, resulting in people living longer, healthier lives. But it will be up to each individual to make healthy choices and maximize their extra time on earth.

Leroy E. Hood, MD, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder of the Institute for Systems Biology and Senior Vice President and Chief Science Officer for Providence St. Joseph Health, served as the keynote speaker at Western University of Health Sciences’ 11th annual Dr. Philip Pumerantz Distinguished Lectureship Oct. 3, 2019 in Pomona, California.

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WesternU Alumni Reunion reunites old friends, builds stronger bonds

More than 160 guests attended Western University of Health Sciences’ second annual Alumni Reunion Sept. 28, 2019 on the WesternU-Pomona campus. The event provided alumni with the chance to catch up with classmates, reconnect with faculty members and inspire the next generation of health care providers.

“Alumni are an essential part of the future for WesternU. First and foremost, you are our ambassadors to the world. The skills and knowledge you acquired here make the world a better place with our compassion and humanistic mission,” said WesternU President Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD. “Just as you have shown the world an example of what it means to be a WesternU grad, you also light the way to the future for our current students. Your professional examples, your mentorships, and your support of future colleagues and the University as a whole is essential to our continued impact as a health education center producing exceptional professionals. Our sustained growth is also fueled increasingly by a growing alumni body, as is our reputation.”

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Southern California Medical Museum Farewell Open House

You are invited to the Farewell Open House for the Southern California Medical Museum at the Nursing Science Center from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019. Suggested donation of $10 per person to help with the packing and moving. RSVP to San Bernardino County Medical Society at 909-273-6000 or


From the College of Health Sciences:

WesternU Master of Science in Health Sciences program helps grow healthier communities and develop better teachers
Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Health Sciences wants to introduce you to a program that equips graduates to improve community health and become better teachers.

CHS will hold an information session for the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) program from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 16 in the WesternU Health Education Center, Classroom F, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, California 91766. Click here to view a flier:

The event will allow guests to explore opportunities the MSHS program provides, speak to current students and alumni, and connect their professional goals with the program’s objectives.

“The MSHS program is one of those hidden diamonds that people don’t see. It provides knowledge that everybody can use and grow from,” said College of Health Sciences Interim Dean Dee Schilling, PT, PhD, FAANP. “The MSHS program provides an amazing opportunity to enter the world of health care, make a huge difference and, when you graduate, have an employable degree.”

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From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
Second-year WesternU COMP-Northwest medical students Andrew Cox, Christina Kim and Whitley Nelson were recently accepted into the Omega Beta Iota (OBI) National Osteopathic Political Honor Society. The society was founded in 2007 to emphasize the importance of the work osteopathic physicians and medical students do for the political system and profession. This year the society had a record number of applications, but our students’ dedication to excellence both as leaders and political activists led to their acceptance into the prestigious group. The three students have been invited to attend an induction ceremony on Oct. 26 in Baltimore.


From the College of Dental Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Assistant Professor Dalia Seleem, DDS, PhD, was a guest speaker at the International Conference and Exhibition on Dental Science and Oral Health in Houston, Texas on Sept. 26. She presented on the topic of “In vitro and in vivo antifungal activity of lichochalcone-A against Candida biofilms,” by which she was honored with a certificate for excellence as a speaker and an organizing committee member.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
CVM Associate Professor Miguel Saggese, DVM, MSc, PhD, was recently notified that his proposal “Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) As Environmental Sentinels of Lead Ammunition Banning in Southern California” has been selected among other proposals for this year’s Association of Avian Veterinarians Wild Bird Health Fund. Dr. Saggese is the PI on the proposal. Although a modest amount, it will provide a fresh injection of much-needed funds to continue this investigation.