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WesternU Graduate Selected to Serve as the First DO President of the Association of Black Women Physicians

by Rodney Tanaka

February 2, 2006

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Western University of Health Sciences has reached another notable

milestone by becoming the first osteopathic-centered university to have

an alumna elected to serve as the president of the Association of Black

Women Physicians. Dr. NaNotchka Chumley is the first DO in the

Association’s 25-year history to undertake the presidency.

“”I am very pleased to become the first DO to be elected as

president of the ABWP,”” Chumley said. I think my education at WesternU

prepared me well for my career. My patients notice a difference in the

way that I practice medicine. They say, ‘You actually ask me questions

beyond the scope of the ailment.’ I take it as a compliment. Osteopathic

medicine makes me feel like I have something extra to offer.””

Dr. Chumley is an alumna of the College of Osteopathic Medicine

of the Pacific, one of Western University’s five colleges. She was also

the first DO Student National Medical Association Regional President

while she was a medical student. Dr. Chumley has accomplished many

noteworthy honors.

“”She is a superb ambassador for the osteopathic profession and

for WesternU,”” said Philip Pumerantz, president of Western University of

Health Sciences. “”I am not surprised she received this recognition, it

was inevitable.””


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