Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs Spotlight

Academic Affairs Spotlight, continued from the Academic Affairs welcome page

Trustees.  “Gary is a very capable individual who understands how the university runs, and will provide us with excellent leadership as we pursue our next president.

Dr. Gugelchuk has served in a variety of roles since joining the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) 29 years ago, including as a health professions faculty member, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Senior Vice President for Executive Affairs, and Executive Vice Provost.

“Over the past 38 years, WesternU has grown to prominence regionally, and is poised to take its place on the national stage,” Gugelchuk said following the board’s announcement. “I’m honored to be able to continue Dr. Pumerantz’s legacy while the board completes its search for a new president.”

Dr. Gugelchuk has devoted his entire career to the education of health professionals and the creation of a dynamic and diverse healthcare workforce.  He is a member of the Health Workforce Development Council of the California Workforce Investment Board, Sacramento, California and since 2014 is serving as Vice Chair.  

Select recent publications:

  • 1999 GM Gugelchuk and J Cody, Physicians in Service to the Underserved: An Analysis of the Practice Locations of Alumni of Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, 1982-1996. Academic Medicine 74: 557-559.

  • 2000  SD Bowlin and GM Gugelchuk, The Use of Retention Strategies in Physician Assistant Programs to Retain and Graduate Minority Students. Perspective on Physician Assistant Education 11(1): 7-11.

  • 2001  OJ Sahler, D Babbott, S Day, J McMillan, B Schuster, G Gugelchuk, R Davidson and L First: What Did We Learn about National Organization Collaboration at the Advisory Committee Level?  Academic Medicine 76: S43-S48.

  • 2010  DC Armstrong, D Redman-Bentley and G Gugelchuk, Association of birth factors with subsequent developmental disability: Effectiveness in predicting serverity as measured by the PEDI. Developmental Neurorehabilitation 13: 383-389