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Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation COCA Members

COCA Members

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Meet the members of the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)

COCA oversees accreditation standards and procedures for colleges of osteopathic medicine.

2020-21 COCA membership roster

David A. Forstein, DO, FACOOG, Chair
Provost, Rocky Vista University
Board of Directors, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Denver, CO
GME Leader (2020-23)
COCA Executive Committee Member

John M. Kauffman, Jr., DO, FACOI, FACP, Vice Chair
Dean and Chief Academic Officer
The proposed Duquesne University- College of Osteopathic Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA
Dean (2019-22)
COCA Executive Committee Member

Juan F. Acosta, DO, MS, FACOEP-D, FACEP
Associate Medical Director
Saint Catherine of Siena Medical Center
Secretary/Treasurer, Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators
Smithtown, NY
GME Leader (2018-21)

Susan Belanger, PhD, MA, RN, NEA-B
System Ethicist
Covenant Health
Tewksbury, MA
Public Member (2018-21)

Jacob Berg, OMS IV
A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine
Mesa, AZ
Student – Nominated by COSGP (2020-21)

William T. Betz, DO, MBA, FACOFP, dist.
Director, American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians
Naples, FL
Osteopathic Physician at Large (2019-22)

Linda Boyd, DO
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Family medicine specialist
Stratford, NJ
Osteopathic Physician at Large (2019-22)

Michael B. Clearfield, DO, FACOI, FACP
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA
Vallejo, CA
Dean (2019-22)

Jennifer L. Gwilym, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP
Assistant Dean, Southeastern and Central Ohio
Ohio University-Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Athens, OH
Educator: Biomedical Science COM Faculty (2020-23)

Lori A. Kemper, DO, MS, FACOFP
Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Family medicine specialist
Glendale, AZ
Osteopathic Physician at Large (Transitional to Postdoctoral Trainee) (2020-23)

Brian A. Kessler, DO, FACOFP
Vice President and Dean
Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Harrogate, TN
Dean (2019-21)

Janice A. Knebl, DO, MBA, FACOI, FACP
Director, Center for Geriatrics
DSWOP Endowed Chair and Professor in Geriatrics University of North Texas Health Science Center
Fort Worth, TX
Educator: Clinical Science COM Faculty (2018-21)
COCA Executive Committee Member

Samuel Loescher, OMS III
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
Meridian, ID
Student – Nominated by SOMA (2020-22)

J. William McCord, Jr., DO, FAAFP
McCord Anesthesia and Consulting
Past Chair, Federation of State Medical Boards
Huntsville, AL
State Medical Licensing Board Member (2020-23)

Richard C. Osborn, MA, PhD
Alameda, CA
Public Member (2019-21)

Robyn Phillips-Madson, DO, MPH, FACOFP
Founding Dean
University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine
Family medicine specialist
San Antonio, TX
Osteopathic Physician at Large (Transitional to Student Services Representative) (2020-23)
COCA Executive Committee Member

Evelyn A. Schwalenberg, DO, FACP, FACOI, FNAOME
Associate Clinical Professor/Director Medical Student Clinical Education and Advising
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internal medicine specialist
Biddeford, ME
Osteopathic Physician at Large (2018-21)

Kayse M. Donnelly Shrum, DO
President and Dean
Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Tulsa, OK
Dean (2018-21)

Jane Sistek, RN, BSN, MPA
Nurse Surveyor
Health Care Facilities Accreditation Program
Sewell, NJ
Public Member (2019-22)

Jeffrey Stroup, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS
Chief Operating Officer
Oklahoma State University Medical Authority and Trust
Interim Provost and VP of Strategy
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Tulsa, OK
Hospital Administrator (2019-22)
COCA Executive Committee Member

James M. Turner, DO, FACOFP, FACO Retired
Emergency medicine specialist
Hattiesburg, MS
Osteopathic Physician at Large (2018-21)

AOA Staff to the Commission:
Jed Brinton, JD, Secretary, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation

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