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.

2023-24 COCA membership roster

Jeffrey Stroup, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, Chair
Senior Vice President and Provost, and Professor of Internal Medicine
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Chief Operating Officer
Oklahoma State University Medical Authority and Trust
Tulsa, OK
Hospital or Healthcare Administrator (2022-25)
COCA Executive Committee Member

Robyn Phillips-Madson, DO, MPH, FACOFP, Vice Chair
Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health
University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine
San Antonio, TX
COM Biomedical Science Faculty Member (2023-26)
COCA Executive Committee Member

Juan F. Acosta, DO, MS, FACOEP-D, FACEP
Associate Medical Director, Emergency Department
Saint Catherine of Siena Medical Center
Secretary/Treasurer, Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators
Smithtown, NY
Osteopathic Physician at Large (2021-24)

Muneer E. Assi, DO, FACOI
Private Practice Physician – Internal Medicine
El Paso, TX
Osteopathic Physician at Large (2022-25)

Susan Belanger, PhD, MA-HCML, MA-BEHP, RN, HEC-C, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President of Mission Integration and Ethics
Covenant Health
Tewksbury, MA
Public Member (2021-24)

Adam Berry, OMS III
Rocky Vista University
Ivins, UT
Student – Nominated by SOMA (2022-24)

Courtney Blau, JD, LLM, RDMS, CHC
Senior Legal Counsel, Risk Management & Compliance
Norman Regional Health Systems
Norman, OK
Public Member (2022-25)

Linda Boyd, DO
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Lewisburg, WV
Dean (2022-25)
COCA Executive Committee Member

Nadege Dady, EdD
Dean of Student Affairs & Assistant Professor
Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
New York, NY
Student Services Representative (2021-24)

John M. Kauffman, Jr., DO, FACOI, FACP
Founding Dean and Professor of Medicine
Duquesne University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA
Dean (2022-25)
COCA Executive Committee Member

Lori A. Kemper, DO, MS, FACOFP
Midwestern University/Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Glendale, AZ
Dean (2023-26)
COCA Executive Committee Member

Brian A. Kessler, DO, FACOFP
Dean and Chief Academic Officer
Campbell University-Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine
Buies Creek, NC
Dean (2021-24)
COCA Executive Committee Member

Janice A. Knebl, DO, MBA, FACOI, FACP
Director, Center for Geriatrics
DSWOP Endowed Chair and Professor, Internal Medicine and Geriatrics University of North Texas Health Science Center
Fort Worth, TX
Clinical Science Faculty (2021-24)

Patricia McKelvey Dieter, MPA, RN, PA-C, DFAAPA
Emeritus Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC
Public Member (2023-24)

Ryan Ottwell, DO
St. Joseph Mercy/Trinity-Health Hospital
Ann Arbor, MI
DO Resident/Fellow/New Physician in Practice (2023-25)

Stephen M. Scheinthal, DO, DFACN, DFAPA, CS
Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry
Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine
Stratford, NJ
GME Leader (2023-26)

Evelyn A. Schwalenberg, DO, FACP, FACOI, FNAOME
Associate Clinical Professor and Director of Medical Student Clinical Education and Advising
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Internal medicine specialist
Biddeford, ME
Osteopathic Physician at Large (2021-24)

George J. Scott, DPM, DO, FACOFP
Campus Dean, Sewell Campus and Professor of Family Medicine
Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine
Sewell, NJ
GME Leader (2023-26)

Tianfu “Andy” Shang, OMS III
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Yakima, WA
Student – Nominated by COSGP (2023-25)

Scott A. Steingard, DO
Private Practice Physician – Family Practice
Phoenix, AZ
State Medical Licensing Board Physician Member (2023-26)

James M. Turner, DO, FACOFP, FACOEP-D
Fort Smith, AR
Osteopathic Physician at Large (2021-24)
COCA Executive Committee Member

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