Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest Western University of Health Sciences

Message from the Dean

Paula M. Crone, D.O.

Paula M. Crone, D.O.

COMP-Northwest will continue the traditions started by COMP in 1977. We will train physicians for our future that will be capable of marshalling in a new era of medicine. Our students will become the health care leaders of tomorrow, utilizing the knowledge and technology available today to practice from the Pacific Northwest to all corners of the globe with purpose, passion and skill.

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About the College

COMP-Northwest is the second medical school campus of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), which is the medical school of WesternU. COMP-NW operates from a ­55,000-square-foot Medical Education and Research Building. More…


COMP-PomonaThe College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) supports Western University of Health Sciences in its mission to increase the availability of Physicians to serve the needs of the people living in the western region of the United States. More…


For information about how to support COMP-NW, please contact COMP-Northwest’s Associate Director of Development Kim Ketcham (541) 259-0666 or email: kketcham@westernu.edu.


Willed Body Donation Program

Oregon Campus

More and more people are making arrangements to donate their bodies each year to medical education after death. The gift this offers to humankind is immeasurable and is deemed “priceless” to our future doctors and researchers who through the hands-on experience gain knowledge that cannot be acquired by any other means.
For more information please contact Steven H. Carmichael, Director, Willed Body Donation Program (541) 259-0256 or email: scarmichael@westernu.edu.


WesternU COMP-Northwest graduates 105 physicians

graduation“I charge each and every one of you to always remember at the end of every action, every thought, every deed, there is a patient.”
That was the parting message given to Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest’s newly minted osteopathic physicians at their Commencement ceremony on Friday, June 3. Read more

You can view the ceremony HERE

Faculty Spotlight

John Mata, Associate Professor of Pharmacology at COMP-Northwest

MataLEBANON — What if a nurse in a poor African village had access to a medical diagnostic tool the size of a cell phone that could determine the presence and amount of virus in a sample of blood or saliva in minutes for less than $2 per sample? Although technology already exists to make such a reading, the equipment is usually based in a laboratory, takes time to run a test, costs thousands of dollars, isn’t mobile and cannot withstand the rigors of heat, cold or sandstorms. But a development team that includes John Mata, associate professor of pharmacology at COMP-Northwest in Lebanon, and David Roberts of Takena Technologies in Albany, has developed a prototype device that “worked the very first time it was tried,” according to Roberts. The mobile diagnostic device — which currently fits in a small plastic case — is composed of a computer system linked to a laser and detector.Read More

Alumni Spotlight

COMP-Northwest Welcomes Dr. Robin (Rob) Richardson, COMP Alum ’86

RichardsonDr. Richardson joins us at COMP-Northwest as a member of the Samaritan Health Services clinical education group and comes to us with 30 years of experience. After graduating from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (class 1986), he completed his residency at Eastmoreland Hospital where he also served as Chief of Staff. He currently serves as the Board Chair of FamilyCare Health Plans. Dr. Richardson has been working with the students of COMP and WesternU for many years. He has been a preceptor and mentor to countless students, some of whom have returned to the college in leadership positions. In his new role, Dr. Richardson will help develop pre-clinical shadow experiences as well as clinical rotation opportunities for our students.
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Video Spotlight

WesternU COMP-Northwest Mini-Medical School

Mini-Medical School

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

Student Spotlight

WesternU COMP-Northwest celebrates student scholarship recipients

scholarshipsStudent-doctors from Western University of Health Sciences were honored with scholarship awards at the school’s Awards & Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, May 3 at the Boulder Falls Center in Lebanon.
FamilyCare Health Plans awarded $100,000 in funding to students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest through the J. Scott Heatherington, DO Scholarship and the Arthur O. Rott, DO Scholarship.


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