About DCOM

Dean's Council

Ray Stowers, DO, FACOFP
Vice President and Dean

Jonathan Leo, PhD
Associate Dean of Students, LMU-DCOM
Assistant Vice President for Admissions and Student Services, Division of Health Sciences

Dennis Kiick, PhD
Assistant Vice President of Research, Division of Health Sciences

JooHee Kim, MPH
Assistant Vice President for Academic Services and Assessment

Michael Wieting, DO, FAOCPMR, FAAPMR
Dean of Clinical Medicine and Assistant Vice President of Program Development

John Williamson, MD
Director of International Medicine

Kenneth Heiles, DO
Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education

Clarence Colle, PhD
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs/Basic Medical Sciences

Mark Moran, PA-C, MPAS
Assistant Dean and Director, Physician Assistant Program

 

Dr. Ray Stowers currently serves as vice president of health sciences and dean of the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.

Dr. Stowers was an associate professor of Family Medicine and director of the Division of Rural Health at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, Okla. He was also the director of the Oklahoma Rural Health Policy and Research Center.

Dr. Stowers continues to be a leader in osteopathic medicine, as well as an advocate for rural healthcare. He graduated from Phillips University in Enid, Okla. and received his D.O. degree from the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo. He completed an internship at Tulsa Regional Medical Center. He is board certified in family practice by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (FACOFP).

Dr. Stowers practiced as a rural physician in Medford, Okla., for 25 years. His leadership positions have been extensive, including president of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, past member of the Board of Trustees of ACOFP and commissioner and chairman of the Oklahoma Physician Manpower Training Commission. He currently serves on the American Osteopathic Association's Board of Trustees and Council on Federal Health Programs, and is a past Commissioner of Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), which advises Congress on Medicare issues. Dr. Stowers currently serves as a voting member of the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA) and the Rural Health Association of Tennessee (RHAT).

In July 2011 Dr. Stowers was named president-elect of the American Osteopathic Association.

Dr. Stowers' continuing interests are innovations in medical education, rural healthcare delivery policy and national physician manpower and training issues.

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Dr. Jonathan Leo received his PhD in Anatomy from the University of Iowa where he studied the effect of drugs on the developing brain. He received his BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. In 1995 he became an assistant professor of anatomy at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at Western University of the Health Sciences (WUHS). During his nine-year tenure he taught gross anatomy, physiology and neuroscience in the medical, physician assistant, physical therapy, pharmacy and nursing programs. In the medical school he also served as the course director for both Medical Neuroscience and the Head and Neck section of Gross Anatomy. Dr. Leo won several teaching awards during his stay at WUHS.

In 2004 Dr. Leo became the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Bradenton, Fla. He also taught anatomy and served as a facilitator in the LECOM problem-based learning curriculum. Dr. Leo has written numerous textbook chapters including chapters on neurophysiology and neuropharmacology for several leading textbooks. He has also been published in numerous scientific journals. His most recent article on serotonin was published in the Public Library of Science (PLoS). The article was covered by numerous media outlets including WebMD, Medscape, Nature, Forbes, The Scientist and was featured in The Wall Street Journal Science Section.

For the past 10 years Dr. Leo has also served as a lecturer for the Kaplan preparation course for the COMLEX exam, in which capacity he has lectured at many of the osteopathic colleges. He is also an author of the Kaplan Anatomy Review book.

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Dr. Dennis Kiick received his PhD from the University of North Texas in 1985 and went on to a NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin. He went on to become an assistant professor of biochemistry at University of Tennessee Memphis Health Science Center where he received a 5-year, $350,000 NIH FIRST Award to conduct research into the mechanisms of enzyme catalysis.

Dr. Kiick left UT Memphis in 1995 and began his tenure at College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at Western University, where he most recently served as Chairman of the Basic Medical Sciences Department and professor of biochemistry. During his 10-year tenure he twice received the Outstanding Basic Science Professor Teaching Award.
Dr. Kiick was appointed to LMU-DCOM's Dean's Council on Janaury 3, 2006. Beyond his 20 years of teaching experience, Dr. Kiick has also been published in many journals including the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, Biochemistry, Journal of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology and more. He has also been a featured presenter at various seminars.

His areas of academic expertise include energy and lipoprotein metabolism, acid-base chemistry and nutrition.

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Ms. JooHee Kim received her graduate degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1998 with a Master's in Public Health (MPH), emphasis in Health Administration and Policy. She has served in osteopathic medical education for over eight years in the areas of pre-doctoral education and post-doctoral education.

Ms. Kim joined LMU-DCOM on October 3, 2005, from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (OSUCOM) where she was the Adminstrative Director for the Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium of Oklahoma. There, she provided administrative leadership and support for seven graduate medical education education institutions and over 190 interns and residents.

At LMU-DCOM, Ms. Kim is the Assistant Vice President of Academic Services and Assessment and is responsible for the support in the development of educational programs, working closely with faculty and assessing learning outcomes as it relates to overall goals and objectives. She is responsible for the annual self-study for LMU-DCOM as required by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOA COCA). Currently, she serves on the LMU-DCOM Dean's Council and is a member of the Curriculum Committee, the University Institutional Effectiveness Committee and the University Level V Committee. Her interest in medical education research is in the areas of competency based education and assessment.

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Dr. Michael Wieting received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University-College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed an internship at Hillcrest Health Center in Oklahoma City, Okla., and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics. He continued his studies with a fellowship in sports medicine/electrodiagnostic medicine at Michigan State University and has also completed the AOA Health Policy Fellowship. He is certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Occupational Medicine from the American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Wieting is a Fellow of the American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (of which he is a past president).

Dr. Wieting serves on the executive committee of the Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and is chair of the Standards Review Committee, which accredits all osteopathic certification boards. He is also the secretary-treasurer of the American Osteopathic Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (and is a past Chair of that Board).He serves as a residency program and OPTI inspector for the AOA and an accreditation surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Dr. Wieting is also the secretary-treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the Advocates for the American Osteopathic Association.

Dr. Wieting’s academic and research interests include the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment in medical rehabilitation, international rehabilitation medicine, teaching and retaining complex psychomotor skills, dysphagia, curriculum development, medical education in the clinical setting and psychometrics. His clinical areas of expertise include neurologic and orthopedic rehabilitation, sports medicine, swallow dysfunction and the use of botulinum neurotoxins.Dr. Wieting has published textbook chapters in his areas of expertise and articles in numerous American and European journals and serves as editor and manuscript reviewer for two journals in physical medicine and rehabilitation. His clinical practice has involved inpatient and outpatient physiatry; he has served as a team physician at the high school, collegiate, professional levels and at Olympic and Paralympics world competition.

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Dr. John Williamson received his medical doctorate from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1996 where he graduated with honors.  He then completed residency training in obstetrics and gynecology in the year 2000 at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine – Chattanooga Unit.  His resident research on cervical ripening and induction of labor was published internationally.  He received several awards including a first place finish at the Southern Medical Association research competition.  Dr. Williamson served in the United States Air Force as an active duty obstetrician and gynecologist from 2000-2003.  During that time he received the Air Force Commendation Medal for leading the 74th Medical Operations Squadron in minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery with the greatest number of cases and lowest complication rate.  He also received the Air Force Achievement Medal for his leadership role in delivering surgical services during a humanitarian mission to El Salvador following earthquakes in that country.  While on active duty, he also served as clinical instructor and assistant professor at Wright State University School of Medicine where he was twice voted teacher of the year.

In 2003 Dr. Williamson established Apex Women’s Services, PLLC and developed a successful private practice serving the tri-state area of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia.  He was the first surgeon in the tri-state region to perform total laparoscopic hysterectomy and minimally-invasive continence surgery.  In 2007 Dr. Williamson joined the faculty at LMU-DCOM where he has served as Chair of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, faculty sponsor of the Christian Medical and Dental Association and faculty sponsor of the International Medicine Club.  He has led LMU-DCOM students on medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.  Dr. Williamson was voted the 2010 Clinical Science Teacher of the Year.  He was appointed to LMU-DCOM’s Dean’s Council in July 2011.

Dr. Williamson is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  His special interest is minimally-invasive laparoscopic surgery.

Dr. Kenneth Heiles comes to LMU-DCOM from Star City, Ark., where he was in private practice for 25 years. His professional focus has been emergency medicine and osteopathic family medicine, as well as Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education. Board certified in osteopathic family medicine, Dr. Heiles also served as Director of Osteopathic Medical Education at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Area Health Education Center –Pine Bluff, where he served as residency program director in past years.

Dr. Heiles attended St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Penn., where he completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry. He earned his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Penn. He served his residency at Mill Creek Community Hospital in Erie, Penn.

A 29-year ACOFP member, Dr. Heiles has contributed to ACOFP governance as a Delegate in the ACOFP Congress of Delegates and as a member of multiple committees addressing postgraduate training, convention programming, practice management, and advocacy.  He has served on the ACOFP Board of Governors since 2003, holding the offices of Governor, Vice President, President-Elect and President. He earned his ACOFP Fellow designation in 1993 and received his Distinguished Fellow credential in 2007. Dr. Heiles is currently the CEE Chair for the ACOFP, and is very active on AOA committees.