Distinguished Leaders In Medicine Join Advisory Board For College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Pomona, CA - 05/01/2006 -- The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), the first college within the family of colleges at Western University of Health Science, is committed to continuing its role to be a leader in osteopathic medical education.

COMP has organized a new advisory board to provide input and guidance on its growth, development and research plans. The COMP Advisory Board will be comprised of key alumni and health care executives who all bring tremendous expertise garnered in both academia and industry. In addition, the COMP Advisory Board will provide a unique window into the latest arena of technology currently taking place in the heath care field.

The COMP Advisory Board includes: John Landsberger, DO,COMP '82 Dr. James Dearing, COMP '84 Dr. Michael Krasnow, COMP '85 Steven Davis, DO, COMP '85 David Sherman, Director, Sonosite Linda Crans, retired, Beckman Coulter Dr. J. Mario Molina, President, Molina Healthcare Raymond Cohen, CEO, Cardiac Science Clark Todd, CEO, Pacific Hospital of Long Beach June Collison, CEO, Arrowhead Regional Hospital Richard Gisi, MD, Vice President, Queen of the Valley Hospital Norman Vinn, DO, Chief Medical Officer, House Call Doctors Medical Group Mitch Morris, MD, Executive Vice President, First Consulting Group Gene Barduson, CEO, Alteer Corporation Todd Davis, Staffing Manager, Health Net Ben A. Singer, Sr. Vice President, Fischer Health Bruce Stewart, CEO, Arrowhead Research Corporation Ancel Rodgers, MD, President Wesley Vines Jr. M.D. Medical Society, Thoracic Surgeon Hugh Scott, DO, RADM, USN (ret), Northrop Grumman Medical Advsior Joseph C. Gambone, DO, Professor, Emeritus, UCLA Timothy Blek, Vice Chairman, Radlink, Jeff Heatherington, Executive Director, Physicians & Surgeons of Oregon Ernest C. Levister, MD, Wesley Vines Jr. M.D. Medical Society Ron Bangasser, M.D. Beaver Medical Group

"The formation of the COMP Advisory Board is another major step forward in making the college a leader in medical education a reality," said Dr. Clint E. Adams, dean of COMP. "It's an honor to have professionals of this caliber join our advisory board."

The Advisory Board met for the first time on Friday, April 22, 2006, and will meet again in September.

COMP admitted its charter class of 36 students in 1978, and classes began on October 2. This occasion marked the successful culmination of efforts begun in 1974 by the State Society of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California, "to seek the establishment of osteopathic medicine in the State of California." The charter class graduated on June 13, 1982. Today over 2,000 students attend the five colleges at the university.

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