NBOME National Faculty

The NBOME’s National Faculty is critical to our mission of protecting the public through rigorous competency assessment of osteopathic medical practitioners. Our diverse, dedicated National Faculty includes over 700 active, engaged leaders from across the nation with expertise in all osteopathic health professions and specialties, osteopathic medical education and evaluation, and osteopathic physician licensure and regulation.

The National Faculty Activities

  • Enhance and develop the COMLEX-USA Master Blueprint and the Fundamental Osteopathic Medical Competency Domains (FOMCD)
  • Write and review test items to ensure the quality, efficacy, and ongoing development in areas of expertise
  • Serve as physician examiners for the COMLEX Level 2-Performance Evaluation (Level 2-PE)
  • Assist in recruiting residents and newly practicing physicians
  • Serve on NBOME Board, operational, and examination committees
  • Support the NBOME’s strategic planning objectives

National Faculty Leadership

National Faculty Chairs

The NBOME is honored to have the following leaders and experts serve as our 2019 National Faculty Chairs.

Clinical Sciences Department and Division Chairs

John E. Thornburg

Ben D. Huang, DO, MPH

Emergency Medicine

Janis Coffin

Janis S. Coffin, DO

Family Medicine

Annette T. Carron, DO

Annette T. Carron, DO

Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, & Dermatology

Eric J. Carlson, DO, MPH

Eric J. Carlson, DO, MPH

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Mark E. Sandhouse, DO, MS

Mark E. Sandhouse, DO, MS

Osteopathic Principles & Practice | Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine

Ava C. Stanczak, DO

Ava C. Stanczak, DO

Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine

James E. Foy

James E. Foy, DO

Preventive Medicine & Health Promotion

Alan G. Glaros

Alan G. Glaros, PhD

Biostatistics & Epidemiology Division

Sarah E. Hall, DO

Sarah M. Hall, DO

Medical Ethics, Jurisprudence, & Professionalism Division

Ali Moradi

Ali Moradi, MD, MPH, DrPH

Public Health & Preventive Medicine Division

Ryan Smith

Ryan M. Smith, DO, MSEd

Psychiatry, Neurology, & Clinical Neurosciences

Joseph W. Stengel

Joseph W. Stengel, DO

Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging

Robert D. McGarrigle

Robert D. McGarrigle, DO

Surgery, Surgical Subspecialties, & Anesthesia

Foundational Biomedical Sciences Chairs

John E. Thornburg

John E. Thornburg, DO, PhD

Foundational Biomedical Sciences

Randy J. Kulesza Jr.

Randy J. Kulesza Jr., PhD

Anatomy Division

Craig A. Gudakunst

Sean M. Lynch, PhD

Biochemistry Division

Susan M. Viselli

Susan M. Viselli, PhD

Genetics Division

Peter Gulick

Peter Gulick, DO

Microbiology & Immunology Division


Thomas E. Rosenzweig, MD

Pathology Division

Gerald B. Call

Gerald B. Call, PhD

Pharmacology Division

Michael L. Smith

Michael L. Smith, PhD

Physiology Division

COMLEX-USA Examination Chairs

John E. Thornburg

John E. Thornburg, DO, PhD


Charles A. Finch Jr.

Charles A. Finch Jr., DO


David Kuo

David Kuo, DO


Michael F. Oliverio

Michael F. Oliverio, DO


COMAT Examination Chairs

Alan Janssen

Alan Janssen, DO

Emergency Medicine

Tracy O. Middleton

Tracy O. Middleton, DO

Family Medicine

Michael L. Smith

Michael L. Smith, PhD

Foundational Biomedical Sciences

Natasha N. Bray, DO, MSEd

Natasha N. Bray, DO, MSEd

Internal Medicine

Ralph O. Boling, DO, MS

Ralph O. Boling, DO, MS

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Danielle L. Cooley

Danielle L. Cooley, DO

Osteopathic Principles & Practice | Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine


Alissa P. Craft, DO


Furhut Janssen, DO


Craig A. Gudakunst

Craig A. Gudakunst, DO


COMVEX Examination Chair

H. Timothy Dombrowski

H. Timothy Dombrowski, DO, MPH


Content Committee Chairs

John L. Goudreau

John L. Goudreau, DO, PhD

Clinical Decision-Making & Key Features

Dennis Dowling

Dennis J. Dowling, DO, MA

Point of Care Knowledge, Education and Testing


Item Writers and Case Authors of the Year

The NBOME annually undertakes an objective evaluation of the item writers and case authors who contributed to the exams. An author from each exam series whose items or cases are a model for the type and format needed to produce a valid, high-quality examination that assesses competencies for osteopathic medicine and related health professions is honored with Item Writer or Case Author of the Year status.

View the Item Writer & Case Author of the Year Awardees


Becoming a Part of the National Faculty

We invite practicing osteopathic physicians, educators, researchers, and assessment experts to consider joining our esteemed National Faculty.

Benefits of Being Part of the National Faculty include:

Available Opportunities

Item Writers & Case Authors
Item Writers

The NBOME welcomes enthusiastic, interested, and qualified individuals to consider writing test items in their respective specialty for use in COMLEX-USA and/or COMAT examinations.

You may qualify to join the unique group of subject matter experts who contribute to the future of osteopathic medicine by writing or reviewing test items or clinical cases for COMLEX-USA or COMAT examinations if you meet one or more of these criteria:

  • You have a DO degree, have an active license to practice, and have passed the COMLEX-USA Level 1, Level 2-Cognitive Evaluation, Level 2-Performance Evaluation and COMLEX-USA Level 3 (or the predecessor examinations, NBOME Parts 1, 2 and 3)
  • You are a DO or other credentialed faculty member (PhD, EdD, MD, MPH) teaching at a college of osteopathic medicine or in an AOA- or ACGME-accredited residency or fellowship program
  • You serve on a state medical licensing board OR are a physician in clinical practice
  • You have AOA board certification and are engaged in osteopathic continuous certification or maintenance of certification programs – physicians with these credentials are strongly desired as are senior residents, fellows, and new physicians in practice of less than five years

Alternatively, ad-hoc volunteer faculty positions for examination item writer positions are also available.

Case Authors

Members of the NBOME’s Case Development Committee (CDC) author the medical cases portrayed by standardized patients in the COMLEX-USA Level 2-Performance Evaluation (Level 2-PE), the clinical skills component of the COMLEX-USA licensure examination series. CDC members participate in workshops in which the medical cases, checklists and physician rater guides (SOAP note and OMT) are developed and refined. On an annual basis, the CDC reviews the scoring rubrics and tools used in the COMLEX-USA Level 2-PE (Global Patient Assessment, SOAP note scoring, OMT, and PE Database), as well as the examination blueprint, and makes recommendations regarding these to the NBOME’s Clinical Skills Testing Advisory Committee.

The CDC membership consists of representatives from colleges of osteopathic medicine, graduate medical education programs, state medical boards and clinical practice. Osteopathic physicians are preferred, but consideration is given as well to qualified individuals who possess the MD, PhD, EdD, MEd or MA/MS degrees. Members must demonstrate familiarity or have had experience with clinical skills testing, case development for standardized patient-based examinations, and the assessment of fourth-year osteopathic medical students/first-year residents.

Physician Examiner (eSOAP Note and OMT Rater)

Resident Participation

Please submit a letter of interest with the position you are applying for clearly noted at the top. Indicate why you are interested in the position and describe your qualifications. Email the letter and a copy of your current curriculum vitae (within three years) to National Faculty with the position noted in the subject line.


Self-Guided Item-Writing Instruction
To assist our item writers in ensuring the highest-quality test items, the NBOME provides an introductory training course in the NBOME Learning Center.

All NBOME National Faculty are encouraged to complete Item Writing 101: Multiple-Choice Items with Realistic Clinical Scenarios. Coupon codes are available for National Faculty members to complete the course at no charge by contacting the National Faculty team.

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