Kirksville, Mo. – A.T. Still University (ATSU) President Craig Phelps, DO, has announced the appointment of Norman Gevitz, PhD, as the University’s new senior vice president – academic affairs, effective July 2013.

“Dr. Gevitz will be joining ATSU at a very pivotal time in our history,” President Phelps said in his announcement. “He brings us tremendous depth and strength in all the right areas. He has had a distinguished career in health sciences teaching and scholarship, a long and proven track record of securing and sustaining funding, and years of outstanding academic leadership. Also, in true ATSU fashion, Dr. Gevitz has a deep and abiding commitment to community service.”

GevitzDr. Gevitz served as an educator, researcher and leader for more than thirty years in both private and public institutions. He is currently at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) – College of Osteopathic Medicine where he served as professor of history and sociology of medicine and director of the Academic Medicine Scholars Program.

Prior to his time in New York, Dr. Gevitz served for 12 years as chair of the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has held various academic administrative positions, including co-director of the undergraduate rehabilitation counseling degree program at the Illinois Institute of Technology and director of the medical humanities program at University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

Dr. Gevitz is the author of The DOs:  Osteopathic Medicine in America; and he has extensively published results of his research in peer-reviewed journals focusing on the history and future of osteopathic medicine, and the history of dentistry, pharmacy, and medical ethics. In addition, Dr. Gevitz has been involved in numerous grants, both public and private, including funding for research, health science training programs, and community service projects since 1983.  For the last 15 years, he has served as faculty for the nationally known Health Policy Fellowship and more recently as Associate Director of the Program.

“As the chief academic officer for the University, Dr. Gevitz will continue to strengthen ATSU’s growing academic programs and our unwavering commitment to excellence in all we do,” President Phelps said. “I am abundantly confident that Dr. Gevitz is prepared for this critically important leadership role, and I look forward to working with him in implementing ATSU’s Strategic Plan, including key initiatives of interprofessional education, a center for teaching and learning excellence, and diversity.”


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MESA, Ariz. – On March 1, A.T. Still University (ATSU) and community partners celebrated the grand opening of the AFA Balance & Hearing Institute, an ATSU center of excellence generously funded by the Audiology Foundation of America.

The ATSU-affiliated AFA Institute offers a full-range of audiology services through traditional and innovative patient care, while also integrating the whole-person approach into treatment.

Patients can expect to receive diagnostic and rehabilitative healthcare, access to a full line of hearing aids and assistive listening devices, as well as other specialized hearing and balance services.

Most major insurance carriers are accepted, and patients of all ages seeking hearing or balance care may qualify.

The AFA Institute is designed to be a center for teaching and learning, which means students at ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) seeking their Doctor of Audiology Degree are able to directly assist licensed audiologists in patient care.

“I’m most excited about being able to give our students an outstanding educational experience while also reinforcing the importance of community service,” said Troy Hale, AuD, institute director. “The AFA Institute offers ATSU-ASHS’ students hands-on clinical training, business practice experience, collaborative interdisciplinary learning, research opportunities and community interaction.”

ATSU’s AFA Institute is a nonprofit facility, which means that any revenues generated will go toward worthy endeavors like student scholarships and community service projects.

The AFA Institute mission aligns with ATSU in providing exceptional whole-person patient care and leadership in a comprehensive healthcare education setting. For more information on the AFA Balance & Hearing Institute, visit www.theafainstitute.com.


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MESA, Ariz. – A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH) has teamed up with AJ’s Fine Foods for Smile Forward, an ATSU initiative that provides funds to those in need of dental care.

Throughout the month of March, customers have the opportunity to donate to Smile Forward at all Arizona AJ’s Fine Foods locations.

ASDOH 088Program funding is provided through the generous support of donors, civic organizations and corporate partners. Smile Forward has granted services to hundreds of individual patients, community programs serving children, women at risk, and medically-compromised patients equating to more than $170,000 in services since 2005.

“ATSU thanks Bashas’ Family of Stores for allowing us to feature Smile Forward at their AJ’s Fine Foods store locations,” said Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, dean, ATSU-ASDOH. “Funds raised will allow us to continue supporting the oral healthcare needs of underserved individuals in our community.”

Donations can be made at check-out in any increment, and 100 percent of proceeds raised will go to fund Smile Forward patient care.  Patients receive treatment at two University-affiliated clinics: ATSU-ASDOH Clinic in Mesa or Dental Care West located in Glendale.


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Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, inaugural dean of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH-ATSU), was recently interviewed by Arizona Money Radio 1510 on July 19.  Dr. Dillenberg discussed ATSU, ASDOH and our relationship with Thunderbirds Charities during the interview. Listen to the interview.


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Bronze sculpture symbolizes oral health as a “bridge to peace” nationwide

MESA, Ariz. – After a long journey to A.T. Still University’s (ATSU) Arizona campus, the ASDOH Tree of Peace was officially unveiled and dedicated Thursday, May 26.

The bronze sculpture commissioned by French artist Hedva Ser is the first Tree of Peace to be installed in the United States. Funded by supporters of ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH), the Tree symbolizes oral health as a “bridge to peace” globally. The original, located at the Hebrew University School of Dental Medicine, symbolizes the peaceful, pioneering partnership between Israeli and Palestinian dental students at Hebrew University and Al-Quds University, both of which are located in Jerusalem, Israel.

Presenting at the ceremony were ATSU-ASDOH Dean Jack Dillenberg, D.D.S., M.P.H., Dr. Adam Stabholz, dean of the Faculty of Dental Medicine at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Dr. Amid Ismail, dean of the Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry at Temple University.

According to Dr. Stabholz, the Tree of Peace evolved from a journey started in 1997, when 1000 dentists from 13 countries convened in Jerusalem for an international conference entitled Bridge to Peace. This conference led to the establishment of the D. Walter Cohen Middle East Center for Dental Education, and it was on this Center’s 10th anniversary that the first Tree of Peace was unveiled in Jerusalem.

“The sight if Israeli and Palestinian students sitting together during lunch engaging in dialogue on common interests, exchanging ideas, and expressing their will to study and work together, was certainly a great achievement,” said Dr. Stabholz.

Both Dr. Stabholz and Dr. Ismail discussed the growing support for the vision of the Middle East Center for Dental Education worldwide.  Referencing the group of dental schools from across the globe that are meeting later this summer to charter a new group dedicated to the cause of global peace through oral health, Dr. Stabholz stated, “Now is the time to start fulfilling this as a truly global initiative, guided by diverse perspectives.”

The ATSU-ASDOH Tree of Peace serves as a symbol of this growing global initiative. “We want to produce leaders in communities, and on the way teach them to be great doctors,” said Dr. Dillenberg. “Part of that is a global sense of peace and understanding that this tree represents.  Every day when students walk by, this is reinforced.”

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