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Western University of Health Sciences Expands Areas of Research With Hiring of New Assistant Dean

by Rodney Tanaka

September 10, 2001

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Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of

the Pacific (COMP) has hired Allen Zagoren, DO, FACOS, FACN, as

assistant dean of clinical affairs and research for the College of

Osteopathic Medicine.

With an extended career in health care education, Dr. Zagoren will

spearhead research in the areas of education, clinical practice and

teaching methodology. Reporting to Dr. Zagoren will be the clinical

chairpersons of Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics

Surgery, Geriatrics and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

“”What we need to see in health care education is a continuation of

students’ ability to work confidently and efficiently with patients,””

Zagoren said. “”If we don’t take measures to insure that ability, then we

are not fully attending to our duties as educators.””

Dr. Zagoren most recently served on the faculties for Des Moines

University Osteopathic Medical Center and the Drake University School of

Pharmacy in Iowa, while holding positions as the department chairman of

surgery and program director of general surgery residency at Des Moines

General Hospital.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations and committees,

including the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association to which he served a

1994-95 term as president and was named “”Iowa Osteopathic Physician of the

Year”” in 2001. Zagoren served the Iowa governor’s office as the co-chair

of education for the state’s health reform project in 1994-95.

Dr. Zagoren’s research has focused on interventional nutrition — the

method of intravenously feeding terminally ill and immobile patients. He

has published numerous articles in medical journals, textbooks, and

electronic media as a field expert on the subject.

“”I think Dr, Zagoren’s greatest strength will be his combined years post-

graduate medical education and surgical practice,”” said COMP Dean Craig

Lenz, DO, FAODME. “”His knowledge will undoubtedly help to foster a

supportive atmosphere for the increasing presence of research at our


A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Zagoren earned his bachelor’s degree from

Hofstra University before attending the Philadelphia College of

Osteopathic Medicine and earning his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree

in1975. Shortly after graduating, Dr. Zagoren worked as a senior resident

under former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop at Children’s

Hospital of Philadelphia. He completed his surgical residency at Cherry

Hill Hospital in New Jersey.

Dr. Zagoren and his wife Gail enjoy sailing and bicycling and have two

children, Josh and Jennifer, who are both attending college on the east

coast. They currently live in the city of Rancho Cucamonga.


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