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NBOME Announces 2020 National Faculty Chair Appointments

December 20, 2019

PHILADELPHIA, PA. The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners’ (NBOME) Board of Directors appointed 12 new leaders to their National Faculty chair positions.

The NBOME’s National Faculty is made up of over 700 active, engaged members from across the nation. These thought leaders have diverse expertise in all osteopathic health professions and specialties, osteopathic medical education and evaluation, and osteopathic physician licensure and regulation. Together, they serve on operational committees that review exam criteria, write and review exam items, and serve other roles in our mission to protect the public through rigorous competency assessment of osteopathic medical practitioners.

On behalf of the NBOME Board of Directors and staff, we would like to congratulate and welcome the following National Faculty members who have been appointed to 2020 National Faculty Chair positions.

Foundational Biomedical Sciences Division Chair, Pharmacology

Adrienne Z. Ables, PharmD, MS, FNAOME – Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus


COMAT Examination Chair, Emergency Medicine

Thomas E. Benzoni, DO, EM, AOBEM, FACEP – Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine


Clinical Decision-Making and Key Features Chair

Peter F. Bidey, DO, MSEd – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine


COMLEX-USA Level 1 Examination Chair

Joyce A. Brown, DO, CHSE – Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine – Middletown


Clinical Sciences Department Chair, Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging  

Samuel M. Cosmello, DO, RPh – Private Practice, Fayetteville, NC


Clinical Sciences Department Chair, Surgery, Surgical Specialties and Anesthesia

Jay M. Crutchfield, MD, FACS – A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona


Foundational Biomedical Sciences Division Chair, Biochemistry

Martha A. Faner, PhD – Michigan State University-College of Osteopathic Medicine


Clinical Science Department Chair, Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion

Joyce M. Johnson, DO, MA – Georgetown University


Foundational Biomedical Sciences Division Chair, Physiology

Kathleen P. O’Hagan, PhD – Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine


COMAT Examination Chair, Surgery

Michelle M. Sowden, DO – University of Vermont College of Medicine


Foundational Biomedical Sciences Department Chair

Robert J. Theobald, PhD – A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine


Clinical Sciences Preventive Medicine and Health Promotion Division Chair, Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Eduardo Velasco, MD, MSc, PhD – Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine – California


“Our National Faculty is crucial to our mission of protecting the public,” said Sandra Waters, MEM, NBOME’s Vice President for Collaborative Assessment & Initiatives. “The NBOME is honored to have such talented and committed thought leaders that represent all aspects of clinical and foundational biomedical science disciplines.”

About the NBOME

The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides competency assessments for osteopathic medical licensure and related health care professions. NBOME’s COMLEX-USA examination series is a requirement for graduation from colleges of osteopathic medicine and provides the pathway to licensure for osteopathic physicians in the United States and numerous international jurisdictions.