faculty recognized at OOA convention
Association elects OU-COM alumni as president, president-elect
Osteopathic Association’s 110th annual convention June 19-22
recognized Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine alumni
and staff with appointments to key leadership roles and honors for
outstanding service to the profession.
OU-COM alumni, Barbara Bennett, D.O (’84), and Christopher
Loyke, D.O. (’88), were installed as president
and president-elect, respectively, of the Ohio Osteopathic
Ph.D., OU-COM special
media project director, and Katherine “Toni” Clark, D.O.
(’88), received special awards. Denbow was recognized by the
OOA with a Meritorious Service Award, while Clark was given the
Distinguished Service Award by the Ohio State Society of American
Osteopathic Family Physicians.
is the fourth OU-COM graduate and seventh woman to serve as
president of the association. She succeeds as president William
Emlich Jr., D.O. (’86), clinical professor of gastroenterology
(Doctors Hospital, Columbus) for the Centers of Osteopathic Research
and Education (CORE), OU-COM’s statewide consortium of teaching
hospitals. The OU-COM Society of Alumni and Friends hosted a
reception honoring Bennett and Emlich during the convention.
Bennett is board-certified in
family medicine and has a private practice at Suburban Family
Practice Associates in Huber Heights, Ohio. At Grandview Medical
Center in Dayton, where she completed her internship and residency,
she has served as board trustee, chief of staff and Family Practice
Department chair. Bennett also served on several committees at
Kettering Medical Center and is a past president of the Dayton
District Academy of Osteopathic Medicine.
For 14 years,
Bennett was a clinical faculty member for CORE. She also served on
both the OU-COM Society of Alumni and Friends and the OU Alumni
Board of Directors. She was named Outstanding Alumna by OU-COM in
In 1995 the
Dayton Daily News named her one of the Top 10 Women of the Year
in the Miami Valley. That same year she received both the YWCA’s
Tribute to Mentors Award and Wright State University’s Outstanding
Alumni Achievement Award. In 2001, Bennett received the Family
Physician of the Year Award from the Ohio Society of the American
College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Also at the
convention, Denbow received the Ohio Osteopathic Association
Meritorious Service Award, which recognizes non-physicians for
outstanding accomplishments in service to the profession.
Denbow is the
co-founder and project director of the Family Health®
radio program, a daily series about health care that reaches 11
million listeners in the United States and is also heard worldwide
on the U.S. Armed Forces Radio Network. Denbow has published several
articles and textbook chapters about osteopathic medicine and public
relations. His 30 years at OU-COM include 25 as director of
communication and unofficial “college historian.” His brief history
of the college is on the OU-COM Web site.
Clark, a CORE
clinical professor of family medicine (Grandview Medical Center,
Dayton), received the Ohio State Society of the American Osteopathic
Family Physicians Distinguished Service Award, recognizing her
leadership to the Ohio osteopathic profession in the field of family
first year at OU-COM, Clark received the Family Medicine Award as
Outstanding Freshman. She was chief resident at Grandview Hospital
in Dayton and received the Southeast CORE award during her final two
years of medical school. She was twice honored with Family Practice
Faculty of the Year Awards and was designated a fellow of the
American Institute for Healthcare Quality. Currently, Clark is a
physician at Indian Ripple Family Health Center in Beavercreek,
of Alumni and Friends, Family Health® radio
program, and the OU-COM Health Policy Fellowship program each had
exhibits at the convention, with the Family Health®
radio exhibit—developed by Don Bilski, producer at the WOUB Center
for Public Media, and Denbow—winning the “Judges Choice Award.”
and alumni on the Athens campus who presented at the OOA convention
included: Dean Jack Brose, D.O.; Peter Dane, D.O.,
associate dean for predoctoral education; Christopher Simpson,
D.O., chair of the Family Medicine Department; Jay Shubrook
Jr., D.O. (’96), assistant professor of family medicine;
and Stevan Walkowski, D.O. (’89), assistant professor
of family medicine.
faculty who presented included: George Seese III, D.O. (’87),
clinical professor of cardiology (Affinity Medical Center,
Massillon); Ben Graef, D.O. (’03), clinical assistant
professor of internal medicine (Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital);
Robert Cain, D.O. (’86), clinical professor of pulmonology
(Grandview Medical Center, Dayton); and Timothy Barreiro, D.O.
(’97), clinical assistant professor of critical care medicine
(St. Joseph Health Center, Warren).