Lunchtime Seminar

Monday, Oct. 19

Noon - 1 p.m.

OhioHealth O'Bleness Hospital, Room 014

Tobie Newberry, C.N.P., of Heritage College Community Health Programs, will speak on "Breast Awareness: Why Is It Important?"
Videoconferencing available to Dublin campus, clinical campus sites, and Grosvenor Hall 017. Contact Vickey Haller at

in the news

(Column about a recent graduate)
Bellevue Gazette
Aug. 4

Dean of Heritage College, Dublin, receives award from Chinese government

The Post

Sept. 30

Career center awarded grant

Parkersburg News & Sentinel

Oct. 3

alumni in the news

Timothy Rossi, D.O. ('90)
Newark Advocate
Sept. 26
Bobbi Barth, D.O. ('09)
Yellow Springs News
Oct. 1


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College has new assoc. dean for research & innovation
Sonia M. Najjar, Ph.D., will join the Heritage College as associate
Sonia M. Najjar, Ph.D.
dean for research and innovation on Feb. 1, 2016. Najjar brings to the college two decades of research experience and a long affiliation with Ohio University through The Diabetes Institute and the Edison Biotechnology Institute.

"I am pleased to welcome Dr. Najjar to the Heritage College family. Her depth of knowledge and experience building research programs will be valuable to our college as we continue to adapt our research efforts to best address some of the most pervasive medical needs that are facing Ohio and the rest of the country, including diabetes and primary care issues," said Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., executive dean of the Heritage College.
Researcher honored by top Danish university
One of the world's most prestigious universities has bestowed an
John Kopchick, Ph.D.
honorary doctoral degree in medicine on John Kopchick, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Molecular Biology and Goll-Ohio Eminent Scholar in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and at the Edison Biotechnology Institute at Ohio University.
Kopchick, one of the world's top experts on growth hormone and associated growth factors, is one of four researchers who received honorary Ph.D.s from Aarhus University in Denmark on Sept. 9. Though Kopchick has received honorary degrees from other universities, he said he was still deeply honored to be recognized by Aarhus, which is counted among the top 100 universities in the world in a number of influential rankings.

Komen race in Athens builds on long-time partnership
The Komen Athens Race for the Cure on Sunday, Oct. 25, will mark the first time the prestigious Race for the Cure, which raises money toward finding a cure for breast cancer, comes to Athens. But the Heritage College's involvement with Susan G. Komen Columbus is far from new.

Building on its long-standing relationship with the organization, the Heritage College will serve as a sponsor of next month's race and has organized a team, "Passionate Soles for a Cure," to compete in the event. Heritage College medical students, led by Assistant Professor of Family Medicine Tim Law, D.O. ('94), M.B.A., also will staff medical aid stations for runners and walkers.
College hires four new diabetes researchers
The Heritage College has hired four faculty with expertise in diabetes-related medical research. The new faculty, Kevin Lee, Ph.D., Chunmin Lo, Ph.D., Craig Nunemaker, Ph.D., and Vishwajeet Puri, Ph.D., are members of The Diabetes Institute and will be housed in the college's department of biomedical sciences. They were brought on board with financial support provided through the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation's Vision 2020: Leading the Transformation of Primary Care in Ohio award.
"With the support of the OHF, we have recruited a high caliber of scientists to join our already strong faculty," said Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., executive dean of the Heritage College. "Our four new researchers are part of a cluster hire intended to deepen our research around obesity, diabetes and related conditions. We see research as a critical part of our college's mission to address complex health problems and improve the well-being of the populations we serve."                                                                                                      
Faculty member analyzes Medicaid expansion in Ohio
An article recently published online in the Journal of Health Politics,
Daniel Skinner, Ph.D.
Policy and Law takes a closer look at the contentious political maneuverings involved in the expansion of Medicaid in Ohio, including Gov. John Kasich's role.
The article's author, Daniel Skinner, Ph.D., an assistant professor of health policy in the Department of Social Medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, explores the complicated politics in Ohio following the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sebelius case that made it optional for states to expand Medicaid as authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Update your contact info for emergency alerts!
Heritage College faculty and staff are reminded to keep their contact information that's on file with Ohio University current, so that the university can inform you quickly, through multiple channels, in the event of any campus emergency.
To review and update your information, click here, then click on either "Faculty/Staff" or "Students" depending on which you are. You will then be directed to a page allowing you to review and update your contact information - including adding your cell phone number to receive emergency alerts by text message, if you haven't done this already.
More information on OHIO's emergency alert system is available here.
College recognizes four longtime stars of research
Four longtime Heritage College faculty members were honored Oct. 7 for their career accomplishments in research. The four, all retired or retiring faculty, were recognized by the college's Research and Scholarly Awards Committee (RSAC), at the first annual Awards for Outstanding Contribution in Research.
Recognized for their research work were Huzoor Akbar, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical sciences; Joseph Eastman, Ph.D., professor emeritus of anatomy; Robert Hikida, Ph.D., distinguished professor emeritus of biomedical sciences; and John Howell, Ph.D, emeritus associate professor of physiology. Presenting the awards was Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O.
College to host 2015 TEDMED conference
Once again this year, the Heritage College will host, via streaming video, the TEDMED conference. On Nov. 18-20, the college will provide hookup for its academic and clinical campuses to this annual event, which is a health-and-medicine edition of the world-famous TED conference.
Last year's TEDMED, from Washington, D.C., and San Francisco, had the theme, "Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine." This year's gathering, from Palm Springs, Calif., will focus on "breaking through the status quo and celebrating the typical, the atypical and the spaces in between as we come together to shape a healthier world."
Sites for live streaming will be announced closer to the conference date. More information about the 2015 conference is available on the TEDMED website.
Newsletter will provide information to clinical faculty
The college has launched a monthly e-newsletter for clinical campus faculty that consolidates relevant information from all units at the college into one regular publication. Clinical Campus News is intended to provide our clinical campus faculty members with easy access to news and resources that advance their career as teachers and mentors and to develop a shared culture with the Heritage College. Story suggestions, feedback and requests to be added to the mailing list can be sent to
Medical Informatics office gets a name change

The former Heritage College Office of Medical Informatics has a new name. To better reflect its role in a teaching institution, it has been rechristened as the Office of Information and Learning Technologies. Dan Smith is the interim senior director for the office, and under its new name OILT will continue to provide outstanding technology support and services to augment the college's pursuit of its mission. The university is currently seeking to hire a senior director for the office.

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Don't forget NBOME chief to visit College Nov. 17
Just a reminder: On Nov. 17, the president and CEO of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners will visit the Heritage College, to share the latest information on NBOME and its COMLEX USA exams.
John Gimpel, D.O., F.A.C.O.P., F.A.A.F.P., will hold sessions with students, faculty and staff, as well as a meeting with members of the college's Curricular Transformation Team and Curriculum Advisory Committee. Please note: An RSVP is required for a faculty workshop on NBOME item writing.
NBOME is the leading assessment organization for the osteopathic medical profession. Its COMLEX USA exam series is a requirement for medical students to earn a D.O. degree. Click here to RSVP.