(ATHENS, Ohio — Aug. 5, 2014) Several physicians and educators
connected to the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic
Medicine were named to leadership positions within the
Osteopathic Association during last month’s annual meeting of
AOA’s House of Delegates in Chicago.
As one of the appointments
made by incoming AOA president Robert S. Juhasz, D.O.,
Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., was
named to a two-year term as chair of AOA’s
Commission on Osteopathic College
Accreditation (COCA), the accrediting agency for osteopathic
medical schools. Johnson also was re-appointed to a seat on the
commission as a public college dean.
“I’m incredibly honored to have been chosen to serve in such a
significant leadership position for the profession,” Johnson said.
COCA Secretary Konrad C. Miskowicz-Retz, Ph.D., said as
chair, Johnson’s responsibility will be “to give leadership and
direction to the commission, particularly in areas of policy
development, or review of existing policies in connection with
revised standards and procedures.”
Also during the AOA House of Delegates meeting, Dr. Juhasz,
Cleveland Clinic’s South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville
Heights, was installed as AOA’s 118th president. A longtime advocate
for the college, Dr. Juhasz recently served as associate dean for
the Heritage College’s northeast Ohio campus and is an associate
clinical professor of medicine at the college. He was awarded the
Heritage College’s Phillips Medal of Public Service in 2011.
In addition to Dr. Johnson’s COCA appointment, numerous other
individuals associated with the Heritage College were also named to
positions of responsibility within the professional membership
organization for the nation’s more than 104,000 osteopathic
physicians and osteopathic medical students.
The strong showing by members of the Heritage College family
comes at an important time for the osteopathic medical profession.
At the July meeting the delegates
voted to support an historic resolution by the AOA Board of
trustees to pursue a single accreditation system for graduate
medical education, covering colleges for both D.O.s and M.D.s.
Joining Dr. Johnson as a new COCA member at-large will be
Jennifer L. Gwilym, D.O., an assistant professor in the
college’s Department of
Family Medicine. Continuing in his COCA at-large appointment is
Isaac J. Kirstein, D.O., dean of the
College, Cleveland, which is set to open in July 2015.
William J. Burke, D.O., (’88), dean of the
College, Dublin, was re-appointed to another three-year term on
the AOA Board of Trustees and selected to chair the association’s
Department of Educational Affairs. This places him on the board’s
executive committee and brings with it seats on other bodies
including the Department of Business Affairs’ Finance Committee and
the Department of Educational Affairs’ College Accreditation
Standards Task Force. Dr. Burke was also named to chair the
Department of Educational Affairs’ Standards Review Coalition and to
a membership on the trustee board’s Specialty Standards Committee.
Dr. Burke continues in his appointment as chair of the Department of
Professional Affairs’ Bureau of Communications.
Robert A. Cain, D.O., (’88) associate dean for graduate
medical education at the Heritage College, was appointed a member of
the Department of Affiliate Relations’ Bureau of Osteopathic Medical
Educators through his role as president of the Association of
Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators. Dr. Cain was also named
an at-large member and vice chair of the Department of Educational
Affairs’ Council on Postdoctoral Training.
Peter Alan Bell, D.O., M.B.A., assistant dean,
Centers for Osteopathic Research
and Education (CORE), Central Ohio CORE, was named to chair the
appeals committee of the Department of Business Affairs’ Bureau of
Healthcare Facilities Accreditation. Dr. Bell was already a member
of the bureau, in a seat representing emergency medicine.
Jay H. Shubrook Jr., D.O., (’96) an associate professor of
family medicine who among other roles serves as the Heritage College
Director of Clinical Research, was re-appointed to a seat on the
Department of Research, Quality and Public Health’s Bureau of
Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research. The AOA subsequently
announced that Shubrook
has also been appointed as associate editor of The Journal of
the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).
James E. Preston, D.O., assistant dean, CORE, Firelands
Regional Medical Center, continues in prior appointments as vice
chair of the Department of Educational Affairs’ Council on
Continuing Medical Education and at-large member of the Department
of Research, Quality and Public Health’s Council on Palliative Care
Heritage College student Valerie J. Van Ravenswaay,
OMS-IV, was named to a non-voting position on the Department of
Educational Affairs’ Council on Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training
Nicholas A. Elliott, OMS-III, was appointed to a student
seat on the Department of Governmental Affairs’ Bureau of State
These are the Heritage College-related appointments of which the
Communications office has learned; if there are others that have
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