Casino Night
WesternU will be holding its first Casino Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015 in the Meritage Room of the Pomona Fairplex. Casino Night is a university-wide event that will bring together the entire campus for a night to connect with alumni, faculty, staff and students. All proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will go directly towards student scholarships. To purchase tickets, please click here. For more information about this event, please visit our website at:


Western University of Health Sciences is a sponsor of the TedxFulbright talks taking place on Saturday, Sept. 26 in Santa Monica.

The event features 18 speakers, including artists, mathematicians, and Hollywood action star Dolph Lundgren, who in addition to having a robust film career holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to MIT, and is considered an expert in fitness and nutrition.

WesternU has a star of its own at the talks: COMP student Ryan Bart, DO ’18, who will talk about the “healing power of magic” that he’s brought to children in hospitals, low-income communities, and Third World countries. Ryan told his story in this year’s edition of WesternU’s Humanism magazine, which can be found here: He is also featured in the latest WesternU View.

TedxFulbright registration can be done here: Click here for more information.


WesternU’s Interprofessional Health Fair at the LA County Fair
More than 100 WesternU students volunteered at the 93rd Annual LA County Fair in Pomona, California Sept. 12, 2015. These students provided free health services to fair-goers including free flu vaccines, blood pressure checks, and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine screenings. Our students provided service to more than 200 fair-goers and helped distribute important health information. The annual LA County Fair is the fourth largest fair in the United States and attracts more than 1 million visitors every year. Click here to view a Facebook photo from the event.


From the College of Veterinary Medicine:

Kudos on accomplishments
Dr. Brian Oakley was recently notified that an extramural research grant examining interactions between the GI microbiome and development of the immune system in poultry has been funded for $35,650 for two years by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association. Co-PIs on the project are CVM Associate Professor Yvonne Drechsler and colleagues from the USDA Agriculture Research Service and the University of Georgia.

Dr. Lyon Lee presented five anesthesia talks at the 12th World Congress of Veterinary Anesthesiology in Kyoto, Japan, recently. The titles of Dr. Lee’s presentations were: “Advanced anesthetic monitoring,” “Limitations of mechanical monitoring devices in clinical application,” “Injectable anesthesia,” “Effective use of inhalant anesthetics in dogs and cats,” and “General anesthesia in horses: injectables or inhalants?” Dr. Lee also presented a research abstract titled “Intermittent indirect oscillometric blood pressure measurement incorporating pulse transit time on cuff pressure in anesthetized dogs: comparison to direct arterial blood pressure.” Co-authors included Drs. YJ Kim, John Tyler, Janet Han, Courtney Campbell and 4th year veterinary student, Austin Stein.


From the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

Kudos on accomplishments
A COMP student and alumnus presented research posters at the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Specialty Society meeting at Loma Linda University Sept. 20. OMSIII Rasha Ahmed presented her poster, “Broadening the Differential of Elevated Lipose.”

Rohit Arora, DO ’15, presented his poster, “Cushing Syndrome as a Paraneoplastic Manifestation of Neuroendocrine Tumor of Breast,” co-authored by COMP Assistant Professor Nishita Patel, MD, FACP.

COMP alumnus William Chow, DO ’82, returned to campus and joined COMP Associate Professor Laurie Woll, DO, to discuss dermatology at a recent CME event.

Brion Benninger MD, MSc, Professor of Medical Innovation, Technology & Research, and Clinical Anatomy, Executive Director, Medical Anatomy Center, chaired the Applying Disruptive Innovation Supporting Osteopathic Philosophy research symposium at the Osteopathic Physicians & Surgeons of Oregon (OPSO), Sept. 19, 2015.

Five OMS II COMP-Northwest students were chosen from a faculty research committee to provide oral presentations. John Carter presented “Integrating a 3D/4D ultrasound probe into a millennial anatomy lab with continuation into 2nd year systems courses and onward.” His research skills, leadership, ideas and contributions have placed him amongst the top medical student researchers in the country.

Ankura Patel presented “Integrating 3D/4D ultrasound of the spleen in a millennial medical anatomy lab and systems courses to augment stereostructural imaging.” She received accolades for her professional presentation skills at the recent IAMSE conference and has been invited to publish her research.

Vitaliy Natkha presented “Percuvision: DirectVision camera guided urinary catheterization training in a millennial medical anatomy lab using Google Glass.” He received the Editors Choice Award and high accolades for presentation skills.

Kyler Kozacek presented “Wrist-worn, wireless ultrasound system integrated with the SonicEye finger probe performing FAST exam in civilian and military arenas.” His presentation skills and commitment to research was commended. Dr. Benninger mentored all of the above which had their abstracts accepted by a blind review process and published.

Bernard Roscoe presented with his project colleagues, Matt McKee and Jon Wheelwright, the objectives and methods of an ongoing project, “A Heritage Project: Assessing the Affects of Leg Length Inequality on Joint Health by Analyzing Synovial Fluid for Inflammatory Biomarkers.” Dr. Goering mentored them. All of the projects were conducted as part of the Medical Anatomy Center (MAC).


From University Advancement:

Alumni news
Several WesternU colleges attended an alumni networking mixer at Smith House Tap & Grill in Los Angeles. Our energetic alumni enjoyed great food and drinks as they rekindled their relationships while others met new friends from across colleges representing classes from 1994 through 2015. Check out the link below for pictures of our night out. The next alumni networking event will be Saturday, Oct. 24 at WesternU’s Casino Night!

On Saturday, Sep. 19, the WesternU Alumni Association and College of Optometry hosted a reception during the Vision Expo West Conference at StripBurger in Las Vegas, Nev. Nearly 30 alumni, students, faculty, and guests attended to enjoy complimentary food and drink. For pictures of the event, go to

The Alumni Association is hosting a reception at the Sheraton Pasadena on the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 27 during the California Physical Therapy Association’s Annual Conference. Interim President Gary Gugelchuk will be there, joined by alumni, students, faculty, and staff. For information or to RSVP, go to

Friday, Oct. 9 is shaping up to be a busy day, with WesternU receptions planned for three professional conferences: California Academy of Physician Assistants’ Annual Conference in Palm Springs:

American Academy of Optometry’s Academy 2015 Meeting in New Orleans:

California Society for Health-System Pharmacists’ Annual Seminar in San Diego: