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Frederic Schwartz, D.O., FACOFP

Frederic Schwartz, D.O., FACOFP, associate dean for community campuses, and professor, family and community medicine, ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA), is the 2011 recipient of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association’s (AOMA) Excellence in Osteopathic Medical Education Award.  The award honors a physician or non-physician who has contributed significantly to the advancement of osteopathic medical education in Arizona.

Dr. Schwartz was the founding chair of community medicine at the University of New England’s New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has served as vice-president of Midwestern University and as chair of family medicine at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Practitioners. Dr. Schwartz has also served as principal investigator for many Health Resources and Services Administration-funded projects in education and research.

“Dr. Schwartz was selected for this award because he is a superb educator that has national impact,” said Amanda Weaver, executive director, AOMA. “He has extensive grant-writing experience with successful outcomes and has made considerable efforts to enhance osteopathic medical education in Arizona.  He is well-deserving of this honor.”


Tamara Valovich McLeod, Ph.D., ATC

A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences proudly recognizes Tamara Valovich McLeod, Ph.D., ATC, associate professor, athletic training, for her recent appearance in The New York Times.

Dr. McLeod was interviewed for the article titled, “A Warning on Overuse Injuries for Youths,” which was featured on April 4 in the personal health section of The New York Times.

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A.T. Still University Memorial Library to launch April 5

ATSU is launching a new university-wide library on April 5, unifying the Arizona and Missouri campus libraries. The establishment of the A.T. Still University Memorial Library (ATSMLib) is a part of the university’s move toward combining the two campuses into a single unified university structure.

Working together, the two campus library locations will take the lead in providing focused library and academic computing support of the schools on each campus.  “The new unified library structure will provide a consistent, coordinated set of resources and services across the ATSU community,” said Michael Kronenfeld, university librarian. “The opportunity to better pool our resources and expertise will enable us to upgrade these services for everyone.”

The following are goals of the integrated library system:

  • Continue building and upgrading library collections.
  • Maintain a focus on the learner and the learning environment.
  • Work closely with the university’s schools/colleges and its programs to support scholarship and research.
  • Continue to work closely with the university’s academic programs and faculty to integrate the use of library-supported information and an evidence-based model of clinical practice into curriculum and instruction.
  • Provide support for faculty in the use of educational technology and academic computing in developing and supporting digitally-based content.
  • Continue assisting students in use of the library’s resources and services to enhance their coursework and professional practice after graduation.

The first university-wide service of the ATSMLib is the opening of the Academic Computing Support Desk. The support desk staff will provide answers to basic questions about the use of academic computing software and services and, if needed, refer individuals for more in-depth consultation. Although physically located on the Arizona campus, ATSMLib is available to support programs and faculty on both campuses.

Michael Kronenfeld, formerly director of the Learning Resource Center in Arizona, will serve as the university librarian and as the director of the Arizona ATSMLib site. He reports directly to Douglas Wood, D.O., Ph.D., senior vice president – academic affairs.   Doug Blansit, formerly director of the ATSU Memorial Library in Missouri, will serve as director of the Missouri ATSMLib site.

A new, single university-wide website that organizes and integrates the library’s broad and varied digital collections is also being developed.  “It will facilitate our users’ ability to easily access and make use of the best evidence available in support of clinical education and quality care,” said Kronenfeld. Its target launch date is in early May 2011.


Jae Hyun Park, D.M.D., M.S.D., M.S., Ph.D.

Jae Hyun Park, D.M.D., M.S.D., M.S., Ph.D., director of the postgraduate orthodontic program at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) published four articles last week.

“Nonextraction treatment of the labially displaced maxillary canine” was published in the spring 2011 issue of International Journal of Orthodontics (IJO) in collaboration with Kyle S. Jackson,D.M.D., D.H.Sc.,  a graduate of the ATSU-ASDOH postgraduate orthodontic program, and Denton Rex Rogers, D.D.S., M.S.D., the former clinic director of the ATSU-ASDOH postgraduate orthodontic program.

Two other articles, “Tooth autotransplantation as a treatment option: A review,” and “Orthodontic treatment of a bilateral cleft lip and palate patient with bilateral tooth transpositions and congenitally missing teeth,” were published by Dr. Park in the Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry (JCPD). “3-Dimensional cone-beam computed tomography analysis of transverse changes with Schwarz appliances on both jaws was published in Angle Orthodontist (AO).

Dr. Park currently serves as an associate editor of the JCPD, an SCI journal, and consulting editor of the IJO.


Mounir Kharchaf, D.D.S., M.D.S.

Mounir Kharchaf, D.D.S., M.D.S., associate professor and associate director of prosthodontics at  ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, has been certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP). The mission of the ABP is to certify individuals who have demonstrated special knowledge and skills in prosthodontics. Certification as a diplomate requires a year-long exam administered by the ABP.

“This recognition is a personal and professional achievement and demonstrates the quality and dedication of our faculty to oral healthcare,” said Jack Dillenberg, D.D.S, M.P.H., dean, ATSU-ASDOH.

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