WesternU Adds Faculty Member to Family Medicine Department
April 9, 1999
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Michael Seffinger, DO, has joined Western University of Health Sciences
(WesternU) as assistant professor of family medicine and osteopathic
manipulative medicine in the University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine
of the Pacific (COMP).
“”I chose to come to WesternU because the school is willing to be a beacon
and a resource for family practice residency programs throughout the
western United States,”” Dr. Seffinger said.
He currently is focusing on integrating osteopathic philosophy and
principles into COMP’s core curriculum.
“”My goal is to enable the physician of the future to integrate osteopathic
principles in clinical practice, utilizing osteopathic palpitory diagnosis
and osteopathic manipulative treatment in patient care,”” he said.
Dr. Seffinger has been working with third- and fourth-year students during
their rotations at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, assisting them in
developing skills in osteopathic integrative history and physical exams,
practical application of osteopathic palpitory diagnosis and manipulative
treatment and osteopathic presentation of case studies. As a clinical
instructor at the hospital last year, Dr. Seffinger was honored with an
excellence in teaching award.
Prior to his arrival at WesternU, Dr. Seffinger was a regional lead
physician at Healthcare Partners Medical Group, Inc. in Gardena.
He currently serves as Manual Medicine Program Director for the Annual
Scientific Convention of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),
and as an instructor and translator (Japanese) for the Osteopathic
Physicians and Surgeons of California. He earned his doctor of osteopathic
medicine degree (DO) from Michigan State University. He is board certified
in family medicine, is a fellow of the AAFP, and is board eligible in
osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM).
Dr. Seffinger was the associate editor of Foundations of Osteopathic
Medicine, a 1,200-page book published in 1997 that is now a standard
textbook used internationally.
A resident of Torrance, Dr. Seffinger is fluent in Japanese and Spanish.
He and his wife, Kumiko, have three daughters.