Who We Are
The Department of Pediatrics at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine consists of board-certified pediatricians and Ph.D. researchers. Established as a department in 1997, faculty members provide classroom and clinical pediatric education to Heritage College medical students, interns and residents. As teachers, they are involved in all levels of training for osteopathic medical students. This includes classroom teaching and providing clinical contact experiences for Year I and II students, clinical precepting for Year III and IV students, and rotations with interns and residents. In addition to the educational component of the department, the clinical pediatric faculty provide services to children living in southeastern Ohio and conduct medical research.
Faculty and Staff
Discover some of the forward-thinking faculty and staff who will help prepare you for your future in pediatrics.
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September 26, 2022During the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Body Donor Memorial Service, friends and family said a desire to help others was the driving force behind why their loved ones gifted their bodies to science.Read More
"Rethinking Poverty" workshop helps instill empathy in new class of medical studentsSeptember 6, 2022Incoming medical students participated in an interactive workshop designed to build awareness and provoke discussion about social determinants of health and the implications of living in under-resourced communities.Read More
Summer Scholars provides students a unique start to medical schoolJuly 15, 2022Where medical school starts is not the same for everyone. For some at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, it begins with a program called Summer Scholars. This summer, 24 students joined Heritage College faculty, professors and current students in Athens, Ohio to be immersed in a five-week, rigorous, hands-on program similar to what first-year medical students experience.Read More
September 2, 2022
Heritage College is one of seven medical schools working together to develop cardiovascular and diabetes resources for primary care providers. A recently published article looks at how the collaborative, called Cardi-OH, was created.
September 1, 2022
Nathan P. Samsa grew up in a rural area and began his career as a pharmacist before earning his osteopathic medical degree. He returned to his roots and is providing personalized medicine to his rural patients.
August 30, 2022
For the first time a summer session of the Aspiring D.O.ctors Program was held on the Heritage College's Cleveland campus. Second-year medical students planned the four-day program.
July 12, 2022
A team of researchers, including Associate Professor of Instruction Sarah Rubin, Ph.D., and Joselyn Hines, OMS III, followed 17 pregnant mothers throughout their pregnancy to learn more about Black motherhood and structural racism.
July 12, 2022
Medical school provides a unique opportunity to grow your passion in life and support your community at the same time. Two Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine students have taken this approach to medical school and created a community outreach organization that combines their excitement for holistic health with their personal pursuit of wellness.
July 12, 2022
Belainesh Nigeda, OMS III, whose research focuses on how doulas help Black women have healthier birth outcomes, shares why research is rewarding.
June 1, 2022
Three HCOM alumni and one first year student have been working on collecting supplies for new mothers to help improve health outcomes for newborns. We sat down with them to get insights into the project and how others can help.
May 18, 2022
David Strawhun is a recent Heritage College graduate with the Class of 2022. We talked with him about his career, the pandemic and what he would tell those who are interested in a medical career.
May 11, 2022
In this research spotlight, Ellie McNutt, Ph.D., an assistant professor of instruction in medical anatomy shares her most unique research experience.
May 2, 2022
TCC student Kevin Pan, OMS III, stepped up to the plate as a high school baseball coach before coming to the Heritage College. Now he'll be stepping across the graduation stage.
May 2, 2022
Alicia Rodgers, OMS IV, discusses the importance of holding true to faith throughout life's challenges, and coming out of the other side a stronger person, student and doctor.
April 25, 2022
Andrew Williams, OMS-IV, discusses his childhood, his upcoming role as HCOM Class of 2022 commencement speaker, and the special connection with his grandmother that led him to the career he is about to step into.
April 25, 2022
The student creators and hosts of the podcast "Impersonating Doctors," fourth year students Nicole Siliko and Ana Aguilar, discuss the inspiration for the series, their favorite topics to talk about and their academic beginnings.
April 19, 2022
On April 16, the Heritage College's first annual Public Service Day was held. The event was hosted by the SGA Student Directors of Community Outreach, who share more details about the many volunteer activities that took place on each campus.
March 17, 2022
Since she was a young child, Kiara Patton wanted to become a doctor. As she pursued her dream, she didn't think about becoming a leader. But that's just what she has done, working within and outside the college to promote resiliency and empowerment.
February 23, 2022
Keshee' Harris took a nontraditional path to medical school, and along the way she became acutely aware of the disparities in the medical field. Now, she has advice for those who may not have the confidence to pursue their dream of becoming a physician.