New leader for osteopathic schools

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Feb. 6, 2006

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The American Assn. of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine named Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, the organization's new president and chief executive officer as of Jan. 23.

He comes from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, where he has served as dean and vice president for health services since 1995.

"I am very honored to have been chosen for this position," Dr. Shannon said in a statement. "[AACOM] and its staff have a tremendous potential to lead osteopathic medical education, and to have a significant impact on health professions education and the future of health care in the United States."

At the University of New England, Dr. Shannon oversaw the education of 500 medical school students and residents. He also was responsible for the biomedical and clinical faculty's research activities and the university faculty's clinical services. Dr. Shannon chaired the AACOM board of deans from July 2003 to June 2005. He is board certified in family medicine and preventive medicine.

Dr. Shannon succeeds Douglas L. Wood, DO, PhD. Dr. Wood, who led the AACOM for 10 years, is leaving to become the founding dean of a branch campus that A.T. Still University of Health Sciences Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri is establishing in Mesa, Ariz.

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