A.T. Still University of Health Sciences – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) and the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association (KOAA) Board of Directors announced their annual awards at the KOAA Luncheon and Assembly Meeting on Monday, Oct. 25, in conjunction with the American Osteopathic Association Convention in San Francisco.

Boyd Bowden II, D.O. ’68, of Columbus, Ohio, is the 2010 Alumnus of the Year. This award was established in 1982. Dr. Bowden was recognized for his record of service to the profession, his alma mater, and the Alumni Association.

The KOAA selected Tracey Lantz as this year’s Living Tribute Award recipient. Established in 1969, this award recognizes and honors outstanding ATSU-KCOM faculty members and administrators. Lantz currently serves as the assistant president and secretary to the board.

The 2010 KOAA Distinguished Service Award recipients are ATSU Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement Randy Rogers and W. Richard Loerke, D.O. ’58. The KOAA Board established this award in 1991 to recognize alumni and friends who have provided outstanding service or financial support to ATSU-KCOM and the KOAA.


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George Blue Spruce, Jr., D.D.S., M.P.H., assistant dean for American Indian affairs and assistant professor at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) is the recipient of the 2010 Oral Health America Marvin Goldstein Outstanding Volunteer Award.  Dr. Blue Spruce was presented with the award on September 29 in Washington, D.C., at the Capitol Visitor’s Center.  The award ceremony was part of an event held on Capitol Hill in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health in America. The event was attended by many notable leaders including Dr. Beth Truitt, CEO of Oral Health America; Dr. Frank Catalanotto, Board Chair for Oral Health America; and Assistant Surgeon General Admiral William Bailey.

Dr. Blue Spruce was selected for the award for his dedicated volunteer leadership in improving the oral health of the American Indian people and for inspiring American Indians to enter and become leaders in the dental and allied health professions.  He is the first recognized American Indian dentist, the first American Indian to hold the position of Assistant Surgeon General of the United States, and also is the founder of the Society of American Indian Dentists.

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized by such an esteemed organization as Oral Health America,” said Dr. Blue Spruce. “As the first recognized American Indian dentist, and looking back to see how very few natives there were following in my footsteps, it became my challenge and passion to serve as a role model and leader, letting American Indian people know that there is an opportunity and a pathway to ultimate success as a leader in dental healthcare for American Indian people.”

The Marvin Goldstein Award was established by the daughter of Dr. Marvin Goldstein, a pioneering orthodontist who opened the first integrated dental practice in 1964 in a then-segregated Atlanta.  He operated his dental clinic there for 30 years and was a longtime friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Dr. Goldstein’s daughter requested that Oral Health America annually select an individual who demonstrated leadership in serving the oral health needs of vulnerable people through outstanding volunteer and professional contributions. Oral Health America is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to changing lives by connecting communities with resources to increase access to dental care, education and advocacy.

In addition to receiving the Marvin Goldstein Award, Oral Health America will place a brick in Dr. Blue Spruce’s honor in the courtyard of the Museum of Dentistry in Baltimore, Maryland.

“This award is well-deserved,” said ATSU-ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, D.D.S., M.P.H.  “It is truly an honor to have George as a faculty member.  He is an extraordinary credit to our school, the profession of dentistry, and all of us involved in healthcare.”


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Funds keep University programs and technology on cutting edge to benefit communities

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) granted A.T. Still University (ATSU) eight awards totaling more than $5.86 million. These gifts will greatly benefit the Kirksville, Mo., and Mesa, Ariz., communities, and beyond. In all, ATSU was awarded more than 60 percent of HRSA’s Federal Health Professions grant funding in Missouri and more than 75 percent of all grants in Arizona.

“These significant grants will allow ATSU to better serve our communities and to carry out our mission to serve rural areas and underserved populations in Arizona and Missouri,” said ATSU President Jack Magruder. All grant funds are dedicated to specific areas and cannot be used for anything else.

Three of the eight grants are for five-year projects. A $1.75 million award will establish a department of family and community medicine at ATSU’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (SOMA), located in Mesa, for the purpose of training community health centers (CHCs) to meet the needs of vulnerable populations.

ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH), also located in Mesa, and the School of Health Management (SHM), headquartered in Kirksville, Mo., received $1.5 million for a workforce development initiative to produce oral health leaders for community health centers and public health settings.

A grant of $1.11 million was awarded to the ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) to intensify instruction and assessment in health literacy, public health, and electronic medical records, emphasizing the medical home model of care.

The five remaining grants were received through the HRSA’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Each ARRA grant is worth $300,000 and that $1.5 million is allocated for the acquisition and use of teaching resources and classroom technology, including simulated patients, defibrillators, and a video communications system.  These grants were awarded to ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS), SOMA, and KCOM.

Douglas Wood, D.O., Ph.D., ATSU Senior Vice President – Academic Affairs, said that “the funding from these awards will first and foremost benefit the patients and the healthcare professionals in primary care, public health, and underserved locations. These new resources will help ATSU to concentrate on sound and innovative education and compassionate practice.”

HRSA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is the primary federal agency for improving healthcare service for the underserved. HRSA provides leadership and financial support to healthcare providers, healthcare professionals, and is committed to improving the healthcare system in rural communities.


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MESA, Ariz. – Tamara Valovich McLeod, Ph.D., ATC, associate professor, athletic training at A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS), now holds the title of the inaugural John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine. The endowed chair is a five-year appointment with an opportunity to renew.

“Dr. McLeod has earned a national reputation as an expert in sports medicine, especially in the areas of pediatrics and sports-related concussion,” said John Parsons, Ph.D., AT/L, athletic training program director. “This position is a fitting public recognition of her work, and relatedly, of the academic quality of the Athletic Training program at ATSU-ASHS.”

“I am honored to be named the inaugural John P Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine,” Dr. McLeod said. “Dr. Wood was an esteemed orthopedic surgeon and worked hard to promote the osteopathic medical profession. I hope to use this title and the associated funds to further our research and community outreach in athletic training and sports medicine, specifically related to pediatric sports medicine concerns and sport-related concussion.”

The endowed chair was created through funds established by John P. Wood, D.O., with gifts made by Dr. Wood during his lifetime and subsequently through his son, Mr. John P. Wood. John P. Wood, D.O., FAOAO, FACOS, was a 1927 graduate of A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM). Dr. Wood’s contributions to the osteopathic medical profession were numerous, and he was very active in orthopedics and sports medicine throughout his distinguished career as an orthopedic surgeon.

Funds from the John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine will support sports medicine education and research, while funding for orthopedic surgery will be used by ATSU-KCOM.


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Andrea O’Brien, M.S., associate director of admissions at A.T. Still University, earns the prestigious 2010 United States President’s Volunteer Service Award.

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Andrea O’Brien, M.S., associate director of admissions at A.T. Still University, has earned the prestigious 2010 United States President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

“I am moved by the sentiment of someone thinking that what I have done is worthy of this type of award,” said O’Brien. “I have always just wanted to make a positive difference to those around me in whatever I have done, even if only by trying to be a positive role model — but always to leave things or people better than I first found them.”

O’Brien’s passion is working with older youth, college students, and young professionals, helping them develop in areas that set them apart in a positive way. “This award validates the amount of time I have spent helping others,” said O’Brien.

O’Brien’s recognition is a result of her countless hours of community service performed each year. As a member of the Kirksville Noon Rotary Club, O’Brien currently chairs the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Academy (RYLA) Club Committee, works with high school youth to develop the Interact Rotary Club, and assists with community service projects for various youth and charity projects. She also chaired the Youth Recognition Leadership Awards Banquet and has been a member of several Rotary sub-committees serving youths.

Her dedication to serving others is exemplified in her current and past participation with numerous other organizations such as the First United Methodist Church, Chariton Valley Handicapped Association, Kirksville R-III Schools, National Perinatal Association & National Association of Neonatal Nurses, St. Luke’s NICU Foundation, March of Dimes, Missouri Cancer Pain Initiative, American Association for Premature Infants, and more.

Attributing her value of service above self to her family, her upbringing, and her own personal experiences, O’Brien thrives on helping others achieve and succeed. “The feeling of thankfulness that they ‘made it’ cannot be described in words. My heart just swells with pride for them,” she said. “Everybody needs to be shown unconditional love and support by somebody, and I am honored that when our paths cross I might help them in ways others can’t.”

Many groups and individuals have benefited from O’Brien’s commitment to helping those in need. By donating initial seed money that inspired more people to give, St. Luke’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Kansas City was able to open a room for parents of premature babies. An impoverished Kentucky family received extensive improvements to their home when O’Brien helped lead a week-long youth mission trip with First United Methodist Church. She led another week-long youth mission trip in Texas to rebuild a home destroyed by Hurricane Rita. Since 2006, O’Brien and her husband have hosted four international high school students, teaching them about America and helping her own sons and their friends learn about the cultures and customs of Germany, Denmark, and Belgium.

“Andrea is a terrific individual. She brought a level-headed, calming influence to the project we were working on together. She donated her time, travel, and energy to our project without asking for a single thing in return,” said Valerie Anderson, executive director of RYLA, who nominated O’Brien for the award. “That to me is what our organizational tagline for Rotary International ‘Service Above Self’ is all about.”

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is presented by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in conjunction with the Corporation for National & Community Service. The Council was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make in communities and to inspire and encourage more volunteer service.


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