Johnson Named Dean of
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
From Staff Reports
OH – July 18, 2012) Executive Vice President and Provost Pam Benoit
announced the appointment of Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., as dean of
the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine effective August 20.
Johnson was selected to lead the
Heritage College during the course of a national search. He is the
associate dean for educational programs and vice dean at the
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM),
where he is also an associate professor of family medicine and
osteopathic manipulative medicine.
Benoit described Johnson as "a
recognized academic leader within the osteopathic profession and a
talented educator," and she explained that the search committee
thought him ideally suited to lead a college with a national
reputation for training primary care physicians and undergoing a
period of unprecedented growth as it expands its ability to serve
the medical education needs of the state.
"The past two years have been
remarkable ones for the Heritage College. This is a critical time in
the college's history with the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations'
gift of $105 million in 2011, new extension campuses in Dublin and
Cleveland, expanded partnerships with OhioHealth and Cleveland
Clinic, and the growth of medical research programs," said Benoit.
"Dr. Johnson has the knowledge and the experience necessary to guide
the medical college as it works to realize its new vision for the
future of medical education."
In addition to his current role,
Johnson has served at UNECOM as an associate dean of clinical
education, an interim associate dean of clinical affairs, and the
interim chair of the department of family and community medicine.
Johnson also held the position of chief medical officer for the
Health Access Network in Lincoln, Maine.
Throughout his career Johnson has
been active in leadership roles within the osteopathic profession.
He has served as the president of the Northeast Osteopathic Medical
Education Network, the president of the American Academy of
Osteopathy, the Vice Chair of the American Osteopathic Association's
(AOA) Bureau of Osteopathic Education and is currently serving as a
member of the AOA's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation
and the Vice Chair of the Bureau of Osteopathic Graduate Medical
In recognition of his professional
accomplishments, Johnson has received the Maine Osteopathic
Physician of the Year Award in 2006, the Rosewell P. Bates Public
Service Award in 2008, and was named the Thomas L. Northrup Lecturer
"As the new Dean I am looking
forward to serving and building on the great work that has brought
OU-HCOM into the forefront of osteopathic medical education," said
"It was a pleasure to meet faculty,
staff and partners of the college," he said. "Together we will lead
the profession as we further transform osteopathic medical
education, change the way osteopathic medicine is practiced and
dedicate ourselves to research programs that address some of the
most pervasive aspects of human suffering. Ultimately I know we will
make a significant difference for our patients."
Johnson will be the fifth dean of
the college, which was founded in 1975 with the mission of helping
the state meet its health care needs through the education of
primary care physicians. Close to 500 undergraduate medical students
are trained each year during a four-year program that involves two
years at the Athens campus and two years of clinical training at one
of 12 hospitals in the Centers for Osteopathic Research and
Education, a consortium of Ohio teaching hospitals and OU-HCOM,
which is recognized as one of the largest, most advanced and
best-supported osteopathic medical education consortiums in the
Johnson received his doctor of
osteopathic medicine degree from UNECOM and a bachelor's degree in
biology from St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont. He
completed his residency at UNECOM where he served as chief resident.
Johnson will step into the position
that has been held by Jack Brose, D.O., since 2001. During Brose's
tenure as dean, the college expanded the size of its incoming
classes; increased the quality of its applicants; established a
successful program for underrepresented students; developed its
research mission; partnered with the Russ College of Engineering and
Technology on an innovative research and teaching building; expanded
partnerships with OhioHealth and the Cleveland Clinic to establish
the Central Ohio and Northeastern Ohio extension campuses; and
received a number of transformative gifts that have enhanced its
clinical and teaching capacities.
"Jack's legacy as dean is an
impressive one," said Benoit. "Through his leadership the Heritage
College has become the premier place to study osteopathic medicine.
His tireless efforts along with the work of faculty and staff have
brought the college to a new era of prosperity and potential."
Brose will continue to serve as
dean until Johnson's arrival. Once the transition to a new dean is
complete, Brose will begin a three-year appointment as the vice
provost for health affairs and special assistant to Benoit.
The responsibilities of the
position will include coordinating the operational and
administrative implementation of the two new extension campuses,
providing leadership for the development of Ohio University's Health
Sciences Center, and working with the deans of the other colleges to
advance health and wellness educational programs and research
"I'm confident that with our new
leadership team, Ohio University can become one of those rare places
where medical and health professionals truly learn to work together
across boundaries," said Benoit.