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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!



Marvin Ortiz COP '18 and Diana Liao MSMS '14 DMD '18Congratulations to Marvin Ortiz, PharmD ’18, and Diana Liao, MSMS ’14, DMD ’18, who are the recipients of the 2016 WesternU Alumni Association Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to two humanistic, caring, and dependable Western University of Health Sciences students who both excel academically and exemplify the qualities of an engaged alumnus or alumna through their extracurricular involvement.

Ivan Soberanes

Congratulations to Ivan Soberanes, DMD ’16, for receiving the Alumni Memorial Award.The only University-wide graduate award, the Alumni Memorial Award is presented annually by the WesternU Alumni Association in memory of deceased alumni to the one graduate throughout the University who best exhibits the dedication and enthusiasm of a future alumnus or alumna. 


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. 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.

WesternU COMP-NW Mini-Medical SchoolDuring WesternU COMP-Northwest’s Mini-Medical School, every kindergartner in the Lebanon, Oregon area has the opportunity to be a physician for the day. 

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 that you will JOIN US at an upcoming event!

Alumni Networking Mixers
Drink, Dine, & Dash! Meet up with your fellow WesternU alumni for an evening of appetizers & drinks at an upcoming Alumni Networking Mixer! Click here for more event details and links 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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Travis Bellicchi

Travis Bellicchi, DMD ’14, utilized digital technology to create a facial prosthesis for his patient, cancer survivor Shirley Anderson. This groundbreaking method, called the Shirley Technique, is now being utilized on other patients. Click here to view a video. Click here to read more.

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.