Faculty & Staff bios

Dickran Altounian,

Pre-Doctoral Teaching Fellow

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

E-Mail: daltounian@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-469-5286

Join year: 2013


University of Southern California, 2010 B.A. Neuroscience; Minor: Health Policy Management

University of Southern California, 2011 M.S. Global Medicine

Professional Experience

While pursuing my graduate degree, I worked as a volunteer coordinator for the LAC/USC Medical Center for the department of internal medicine where I lead training and development programs for the volunteers ranging from high school to college students and took part in various community outreach programs throughout the year.

Teaching Experience

Teaching has been an integral part of my career thus far. I have had the opportunity to partake in a middle school tutoring program during my time at USC. It was a rewarding experience to tutor underprivileged students and empower them to excel to the best of their abilities. In medical school, I tutored for the learning enhancement and academic development office (LEAD) of WesternU, teaching osteopathic manipulative medicine and anatomy to 1st and 2nd year medical students. Prepared creative ways to help improve their understanding using animations, mnemonics, and simulated practical exam settings. I helped motivate students and set goals to improve their test taking and physical examination skills. The fellowship has allowed me to continue to share my knowledge and insight with my fellow peers both inside and outside the classroom setting. 


Renaissance Scholar Recipient, 2010 (USC)

ANPOA Scholarship – Armenian National Peace Officers Association Recipient


Altounian D, Seffinger MA. Osteopathic manipulative therapy shows promise for improving postdiskectomy recovery [abstract of Kim BJ, Ahn J, Cho H, Kim D, Kim T, Yoon B. Rehabilitation with osteopathic manipulative treatment after lumbar disc surgery: a randomized, controlled pilot study. Int J Osteopath Med. In press. doi:10.1016/j.ijosm.2014.11.003]. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2015;115(10):629-630. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2015.129.

Altounian D, Tran C, Tran C, Spencer A, Shendrik A, Kraatz B. P., Wedel M. J. A Variant Nerve That Mimics The Left Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve: A Case Study In Human Anatomy. Currently as PrePrint in PeerJ Open Access Journal. (2014). “Final manuscript in preparation”


I have always enjoyed the sciences, especially neuroscience and kinesiology. Observing and recognizing all the parts working together as a team to fuel a well oiled machine has opened my eyes to the interrelationship between structure and function. Being introduced to Osteopathic Medicine has further expanded my knowledge of the human body allowing me to appreciate the ability of identifying a somatic dysfunction, treating the dysfunction, and facilitating the body to heal itself in the process while improving overall function and quality of life. In addition, the ability to establish a human connection with patients by using our hands to diagnose and treat is truly unique and I hope to inspire future osteopathic medical students to understand the true value of their skills. I aspire to continue on my journey in learning more about the depth of human anatomy and medicine.

Outside of medicine, I am an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan and enjoy playing basketball, baseball, soccer, and football. I enjoy movies, good food, theatre productions, explore new hiking trails, camping, and hanging out with family and friends.

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams