Alumni News & Notes

We proudly celebrate the accomplishments of our distinguished alumni.  

Colonel Bret T. Ackermann, D.O., FAAEM, FACEP (’92), relinquished control of the 18th Medical Command (Deployment Support)—the U.S. Army’s Medical Theater Enabling Command for the Indo-Asia Pacific region, on July 10. Ackermann, a past president of the Association of Military Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, now serves as the deputy command surgeon for U.S. Army- Pacific. In recognition of his service, he was awarded the Army’s Legion of Merit. His wife of 27 years, Donna B. Ackermann, was recognized with the Commander's Award for Public Service and the Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award for her volunteer service to the soldiers and families of the 18th Medical Command.

Ronald P. Cramer, D.O. (’90), serves as the program director of the gastroenterology fellowship at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, New York. The osteopathic specialty training program is three years in length and accepts two residents per year.

Doede Donaugh, D.O. (’04), has accepted a full-time position with a new clinic called Mango Medical in Ocean View, Hawaii. She is officially the southernmost D.O. working in the United States.

Victoria M. Dreisbach, D.O., DFAPA (’97), traveled to Vienna, Austria, in July to present a lecture entitled “Regret, Retraumatization, and Hopelessness as Barriers to Discharge” at the International Academy of Law and Mental Health. She also presented a similar lecture at the 24th Annual Conference of the International Association of Forensic Psychotherapy at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Dreisbach is employed as a forensic psychiatrist at Connecticut Valley Hospital, Whiting Forensic Division, and serves as president elect of the medical staff.

Fred Fridman, D.O. (’12), is serving as chief resident in the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Program, which trains physicians to care for people with disabling conditions.

Michael Jackowitz, D.O., CPT (’90), who has carved out a successful dual career as an osteopathic internist and savvy Broadway producer, has two plays hitting both the Broadway and Off-Broadway stages in New York. The play Daddy Long Legs is opening Off-Broadway on September 28, 2015, at the Davenport Theatre, while Tuck Everlasting is opening on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre on April 17, 2016. In addition, he is developing The Hawaiian Goddess musical for the Hawaii Opera Theater in 2017.

Gregory James, D.O., M.P.H., FACOFP dist. (’88), who is now working as the senior medical director for Optum Care for Florida, was elected treasurer of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, which certifies all D.O. family physicians in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment.

Claude L. Jones, D.O., M.P.H., FACOI (’05), who was elected to serve as a member of the NSU Health Professions Division Board of Governors this summer, was selected to participate in the Health Policy Fellowship, which is a year-long program designed for individuals who are preparing for leadership roles in the osteopathic profession and positions of influence in health policy. The New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine sponsors the program in collaboration with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the American Osteopathic Association, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), and AACOM member colleges.

Will Kirby, D.O., FAOCD (’00), who has crafted a multifaceted career in medicine, television, and business, hosted the jury roundtable discussion on the season finale of CBS’ Big Brother 17 reality program on September 24. Kirby rose to national prominence in 2001 when he was named the winner of Big Brother 2

Joshua D. Lenchus, D.O., R.Ph., FACP, SFHM (’00), was elected vice speaker for the Florida Medical Association (FMA) House of Delegates at its annual meeting held July 31–August 2 in Orlando. “It is an incredible privilege to be the first D.O. elected to office since the FMA began in 1874,” said Lenchus, who set a similar precedent in 2012 when he became the first osteopathic physician to be named president of the Jackson Health System medical staff.

Karolyn Kay Moody, D.O., M.P.H. (’09), who serves as the emergency department medical director at Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee, was appointed to the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Federal Government Affairs Committee. Her responsibilities as a committee member involve advocacy for health policy reform in emergency care, such as ensuring that required federal quality measures add value for patients. Moody is also president elect of the Tennessee College of Emergency Physicians.

Jaclynn Moskow, D.O. (’13), who serves as an NSU-COM clinical instructor of public health, was the lead author of a manuscript entitled “Identifying Opportunities in EHR to Improve the Quality of Antibiotic Allergy Data” that was accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.  Moskow coauthored the article with Nicole Cook, Ph.D., M.P.A., Angela Garcia, Pharm.D., M.P.H., CPH, and OMS-IV Carisa Champion-Lippmann, J.D.

Andrea Palestro, D.O. (’15), Elyse Julian, D.O. (’15), and Jacqueline Thomas, D.O. (’05), coauthored an article entitled “Pediatric Sunscreen and Sun Safety Guidelines” that was published in the online version of Clinical Pediatrics on June 29, 2015.

David Pizzimenti, D.O. (’02), was named as the American College of Osteopathic Internists’ Teacher of the Year and earned the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Preceptor of the Year Award during the past year. Pizzimenti currently serves as director of medical education and internal medicine program director for Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth, Mississippi.

Bo Michael Rowan, D.O., M.S. (’08), of Marquette, Michigan, passed away peacefully on August 28, 2015, at the age of 34 following a three-year battle with a rare form of cancer. Rowan, a family practitioner who was born in Fort Myers, Florida, also practiced obstetrics, delivering more than 100 babies during his short career. According to those who knew him best, he will be remembered for his quiet confidence, loving heart, determination, and strength.

Robert Searles, D.O. (’92), a radiologist and nuclear medicine physician, was named chief of staff at Aiken Regional Medical Centers in Aiken, South Carolina.

Lawrence J. Shapiro, J.D., D.O. (’88), was asked to compose a chapter on nutrition for the second edition of the Asian Hair Loss Textbook. He presented a lecture on “Hair Transplants: FUT vs. FUE and Hair Loss from Anabolics” at the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants’13th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference held November 12–15 in Orlando, Florida. In addition, he is scheduled to present the same lecture at the North Carolina Dermatology Association Annual Meeting being held January 15–17, 2016.

Dean M. Wieczorek, D.O. (’12), who completed a family medicine internship and residency at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, recently joined the professional staff of Lee Physician Group – Family Medicine in Cape Coral.

Fawn Winkelman, D.O. (’10), who completed a family medicine residency at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, recently opened her own practice in Boca Raton called Elite Medicine and Aesthetic Institute. Additionally, she was selected to serve on the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association Board of Trustees and was appointed as an NSU-COM clinical assistant professor of family medicine. Winkelman also coauthored a two-part article on linear guttate psoriasis that was published in the peer-reviewed journal Consultant for Pediatricians in April and May, and wrote two book chapters on the topics “Halo Nevus” and “Bed Bugs” that were published in the 5-Minute Clinical Consult 2016 Edition.

Jason A. Zell, D.O., M.P.H. (’01), was promoted, with tenure, to the position of associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. He has served as a UC Irvine School of Medicine faculty member since 2007 and will continue as program director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program.