Ronald Berezniak, PhD, has joined Western University of Health Sciences
(WesternU) as director of clinical rotations for the College of
Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP).
Dr. Berezniak previously was the associate dean for clinical education at
Nova Southeastern University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort
Lauderdale, Florida. Prior to that, he was the director of microsurgical
training and the microsurgical research laboratory at the University of
Pennsylvania, where he developed a microvascular training program now used
At WesternU, Dr. Berezniak will work to further develop clinical sites in
Southern California in an effort to place more medical students in local
rotations in their third and fourth years of study.
“”By keeping our students nearby we can maintain even better communication
between the school, doctors and the students,”” he said. “”This can only
enhance the educational process.””
Dr. Berezniak said he came to WesternU after learning about the
University’s humanistic approach and student-oriented philosophy.
“”I think WesternU is a school that has tremendous opportunities for
education, patient care and research. Everyone here is highly motivated
and student oriented; it’s the finest organization I’ve worked with,”” he
According to George Charney, DO, FAOCA, FAODME, vice dean of COMP, Dr.
Berezniak is a welcome addition to WesternU because of the expertise he
brings to the campus.
“”His experience in clinical rotations and faculty development made him an
ideal candidate,”” Dr. Charney said. “”He already is proving himself to be
an asset to the University with his ideas for the clinical rotation
department. He has not hesitated to get involved and offer his input.””
Dr. Berezniak earned his bachelor of science degree in general science
from Bloomsburg State College in Pennsylvania, his master’s degree in
higher education from Glassboro State College in New Jersey and his
doctorate in science and health professions education from the University
of Pennsylvania. He holds memberships in the Society of Microsurgical
Specialists and Phi Delta Kappa National Education Honor Society, and has
received numerous medical education awards and research grants.
Dr. Berezniak resides in Alta Loma with his wife, Hilda. The couple has
four children, two of whom are studying medicine.