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Welcome! As a WesternU alumnus or alumna, you are automatically a member of the WesternU Alumni Association, a network of nearly 12,500 graduates of Western University of Health Sciences. Alumni like you have an established presence in every state in the U.S., as well as in a dozen territories and overseas countries. Regardless of where you are residing, we hope that you will stay in touch as the Alumni Office is committed to providing assistance to you throughout your journey as a healthcare professional and beyond.

We love to hear all your exciting news, so please share new contact information, jobs, publications, presentations, awards, honors, marriages, births, etc… Anything you would like to share, we would love to hear about it and share it with your classmates in the Class Notes section of the WesternU View!  We also welcome all photos pertaining to your updates. Click here to share your news!



Daniel WilsonThe WesternU Board of Trustees approved the contract for Daniel R. Wilson, MD, PhD, to become the second president of Western University of Health Sciences. Dr. Wilson’s first official day as president is July 1, 2016, although he anticipates being on campus and at WesternU events prior to that date. He succeeds Philip Pumerantz, PhD, WesternU’s founding president, who served for 38 years before stepping down in September 2015 and assuming the role of President Emeritus. Click Here to learn more about Dr. Wilson. 

David KerseyWestern University of Health Sciences’ College of Veterinary Medicine Associate Professor of Physiology Dr. David Kersey and the Animal Management and Veterinary Teams at Zoo Atlanta performed artificial insemination (AI) on Lun Lun, an 18-year-old female giant panda, on March 28, 2016. Since 2006, Dr. Kersey has been involved in five breeding events at Zoo Atlanta, in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2016. Click here to read the full story.

Karen HanfordKaren Hanford, EdD, MSN, FNP, PA-C, will be stepping down from her position as Founding Dean of the College of Graduate Nursing (CGN). Dean Hanford’s last official day will be April 15, 2016, after which she will engage in a sabbatical leave and then return to CGN as a faculty member. Mary Lopez, PhD, RN, currently Associate Dean of Research and Administration and the Director of the RN to MSN Program in the College of Graduate Nursing, has agreed to serve as Interim Dean while the search for Dean Hanford’s successor is conducted. Click Here for more information regarding Karen Hanford’s retirement. 

WesternU ConnectThe Alumni Office recently launched  WesternU Connect. Through this online networking platform, you will be able to reconnect with your classmates, stay up to date on campus news, provide and/or receive career advice, and even connect with alumni in your area.






Throughout the year, the Alumni Office works with our campus partners to invite alumni to various events, including receptions at professional conferences, regional networking mixers, class reunions, on-campus lectures, and more! We hope thatyou will JOIN US atan upcoming event!


Join us for COMP’s 9th Annual Continuing Medical Education Conference on Saturday, May 7, 2016 in the Health Education Center on the WesternU campus. Typically this all day conference is approved for 7-9 AOA Category 1-A credits and includes breakfast and lunch, as well as networking with second year medical students. Click HERE to register!



All WesternU alumni are automatically members of the Alumni Association, and as such, you have access to a variety of benefits. Take advantage of special services like the Alumni Job Board and L.A. Fitness discounts just for you.




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Aaron Chambers

Aaron Chambers, DPM ’14, is a second-year Podiatric Surgery resident in Southern California. Dr. Chambers published a case report in the British Columbia Medical Journal blog list, “Not all heel pain is plantar fasciitis…” Click here to view the blog.


Erin DresnerErin O’Docharty Dresner, DVM ’12, has been certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) specializing in Feline Practice. Dr. Dresner mastered a rigorous and demanding application process and certification examination in order to obtain Diplomate status. Click here for the American Veterinary Medical Association Announcement. 
Pat EcholdsPets Best Insurance Services, LLC, a leading U.S. pet insurance agency based in Boise, Idaho, announced that Pat Echolds, DVM ’07, has been voted the most recent winner of the agency’s My Vet’s the Best contest. The nationwide contest honors veterinarians for their outstanding service. Click here to view the article.
 Minh-Ha TranMinh-Ha Tran, DO ’00 is currently a faculty member at UCI Health School of Medicine in the department of Pathology with additional appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine. Dr Tran is course director for the 1st Annual UCI Hematology Symposium, being held Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at the Disney Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim.