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WesternU Announces Senior Executive Promotions

by Rodney Tanaka

July 9, 1999

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Philip Pumerantz, PhD, president of Western University of Health Sciences

(WesternU), has announced the promotion of two of the University’s key


Donald J. Krpan, DO, FACOFP, has been named University provost. George

Charney, DO, FAOCA, FAODME, is now the University’s executive vice

president of academic affairs/chief academic officer (CAO).

“”Our current growth and development is more extensive than at any time in

our past,”” Dr. Pumerantz said. “”Drs. Krpan and Charney possess the

substantial vision and expertise that will help WesternU meet the

opportunities and challenges awaiting us in the years to come.””

As University provost, Dr. Krpan will focus his attention on developing

and expanding WesternU’s Academic Center for Excellence in the Health

Sciences (ACEHS), the OPTI-West Educational Consortium, as well as explore

the development of the pharmacy and physician assistant educational

programs at the WesternU Regional Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The ACEHS, a partnership between WesternU and the new Arrowhead Regional

Medical Center in Colton, works to promote excellence in health

professions education, to provide access to quality health care services

for area residents and engages in health sciences research.

An OPTI (Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution) is a consortium

of health care facilities and an osteopathic medical college which offer

internship and residency programs that have been approved by the American

Osteopathic Association (AOA). OPTIs must meet rigorous osteopathic

standards and membership in an OPTI is required of all health care

facilities involved in AOA-approved internship and residency programs.

Currently, nine health care facilities in the western United States

comprise OPTI-West.

A 1967 graduate of the University of Health Sciences College of

Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Krpan completed a

rotating internship at Phoenix General Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. He

was a family physician from 1968-1988, with practices in Houston, Texas;

Phoenix, Arizona; and Yorba Linda, California. He was elected to the

position of chief of staff at three hospitals.

Dr. Krpan began his career at WesternU in 1987 as director of graduate

training at the University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the

Pacific (COMP). He also was director of clinics and was promoted to dean

in 1988. Since then he has held the position of executive vice president

of academic affairs/dean of osteopathic medicine and became the

provost/executive vice president of academic affairs in 1995.

His faculty appointments have included assistant professor at Michigan

State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and associate professor

of family medicine and professor of family medicine at COMP.

Dr. Krpan was certified by the American Osteopathic Board of General

Practice in 1978, was re-certified in 1995 and made a fellow in 1996. He

has been a member of the board of trustees of the AOA since 1988.

In his new position, Dr. Charney will be responsible for developing and

implementing academic policy; with University faculty, he will identify

and establish academic priorities; collaborate with central University

leadership to advance campus concerns; foster new academic programs; and

continue the development of highly qualified faculty, among other duties.

The members of WesternU’s Academic Affairs Council (made up primarily of

the deans of WesternU’s five colleges) will report to him.

Dr. Charney received his degree in osteopathic medicine from the

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency in

anesthesiology at Cherry Hill Medical Center in New Jersey.

He is a diplomate of the American Osteopathic Board of Anesthesiology and

is a fellow in the American Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists, the

Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators and the Academy

of Medicine in New Jersey. He has held faculty appointments at the

University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences College of

Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa; the University of

Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine in

Stratford, New Jersey; and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic


He has held positions in academic medicine as vice president of medical

affairs/director of medical education at Delaware Valley Medical Center in

Langhorne, Pennsylvania, and chief medical officer of Kennedy Memorial

Hospitals-University Medical Center in New Jersey. He has also practiced

medicine in the fields of family medicine and anesthesiology in the states

of New York and New Jersey. Dr. Charney came to WesternU in 1997 as

assistant dean of clinical affairs for COMP and most recently served as

the College’s vice dean.


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