Class Notes



Peter J. Adler-Michaelson, DO, Bethel Park, PA, was a featured speaker for the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine's Leading Global Health Seminar series. Dr. Adler-Michaelson shared his broad range of experience in practicing with a uniquely osteopathic point of view.

Robert J. Aitken, DO, Haddonfield, NJ, was featured in the article "Dr. Bob Aitken Retraces Vietnam War Footsteps After 45 Years," published in the Retrospect (November 7, 2014). Dr. Aitken recently paid a visit to Vietnam, where he once served in military intelligence in the Army during the heated part of that conflict.

Stephen J. Eichert, DO, Dayton, OH, joined Cotton-O'Neil Clinic in Topeka, KS.

James N. Simon, DO, Villanova, PA, was elected medical staff president of Paoli Hospital-Mainline Health Medical Systems.

George L. Weber, DO, Philadelphia, PA, was elected a trustee-at-large during the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association's 106th Annual Clinical Assembly.


Reid Gentile, DO, Waverly, PA, joined the medical staff at Windber Medical Center.

B. Ellen Wesley, DO, Lake Forest, IL, completed her emergency medicine residency, and now is American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine certified.


Gary A. Aaronson, DO, New Hope, PA, was named to Philadelphia Magazine's 2014 Top Doctors for pulmonary medicine.

Susan Guttenplan Manella, DO, Weston, FL, became director of medical education and program director of family practice at Community Health of South Florida, Inc.-Teaching Health Center.

Wiley Sanford, DO, Nashville, TN, retired from Tennessee's Department of Health on Sept. 9, 2014, after 10 years of service. Dr. Sanford previously had a private practice near Reno, Nevada.

Dyanne Westerberg, DO, Glen Mills, PA, had her articles “Acid Indigestion, or GERD, Untreated Can Lead To Other Health Problems” and “Tips To Prevent Poison Ivy For An Itch-Free Summer” published in the health section of Gloucester City News (May 29, 2014 and June 26, 2014). She also had her articles "Exercise Plan, Healthy Diet, Keys to Losing Weight," "Summer Time Brings Ticks that Cause Lyme Disease" and "Injuries from Activity may Require Medical Imaging" published in Gloucester City News (July 31, 2014, August 28, 2014 and October 30, 2014).


David Coffey, DO, Deatsville, AL, accepted a position as chair of osteopathic manipulative medicine with The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn.

Richard A. Ortoski, DO, Erie, PA, was installed as vice president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Family Physicians Society (POFPS) during the POFPS President's Installation Luncheon, on May 2, 2014.

Kathleen E. Sweeney, DO, Hollidaysburg, PA, was honored with the 2014 Affiliated Teacher of the Year award by PCOM.

Kurt Zimmer, DO, Van Buren, MO, joined Mercy Urgent Care-Smith Glynn Callaway in Springfield, MO.


James E. Sioma, DO, York, PA, was presented the 2014 Award for Primary Care Excellence-Patient Choice Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers.


John M. Kauffman, Jr., DO, Buies Creek, NC, was named the 2014 Educator of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation.

James S. McEvoy, DO, Powell, WY, has retired from radiology practice “after a very fulfilling career.” Dr. McEvoy now enjoys spending more time with his family and the community.

Philip David Orons, DO, Wexford, PA, was promoted to professor of radiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPMC) on July 1, 2014. Dr. Orons also received the UPMC Medical Recognition Award (November 2013) for outstanding service to UPMC Graduate Medical Education.

Michael J. Zawisza, DO, Orwigsburg, PA, was installed as president-elect during the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association's 106th Annual Clinical Assembly.


Denay Marino, DO, Cape May, NJ, joined the multi-specialty group at Cape Regional Physicians Associates. Dr. Marino has been providing primary care services to the residents of Cape May County since 1988 and has been an active member of the medical staff at Cape Regional Medical Center since 1991.

Elliott Bilofsky, DO, Everett, PA, joined the staff at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Altoona in the department of specialized surgery's clinical service of otorhinolaryngology.

Thomas P. Brown, DO, Gulf Breeze, FL, was selected associate chief of staff of ambulatory care in the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System. The region spans across three states from Biloxi, MS to Panama City Beach, FL. The position oversees 60 physicians in five ambulatory clinics.

Anthony E. DiMarco, DO, Kennett Square, PA, was installed as vice president during the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association's 106th Annual Clinical Assembly.

Lisa J. Finkelstein, DO, Jackson, WY, was featured in the article "Funny Ads, Serious Doctor," published in the Jackson Hole News & Guide (October 15, 2014).

Dianna Hannigan Glessner, DO, Alpharetta, GA, was installed president of the Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association on November 8, 2014. Dr. Glessner follows Thomas Bozzuto, DO '80 who served as president during 2013-2014.

Joan M. Grzybowski, DO, Conshohocken, PA, was re-elected a trustee-at-large during the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association's 106th Annual Clinical Assembly.

Robert S. Jones, DO, Mohnton, PA, was re-elected a trustee-at-large during the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association's 106th Annual Clinical Assembly.

Craig I. Schwartz, DO, Overland Park, KS, was awarded the prestigious Patients' Choice Award 2014 from leading patient review site

Craig A. Sullivan, DO, York, PA, joined Well-Span Orthopedics as a surgeon.


Carman A. Ciervo, DO, Marlton, NJ, was recognized by the American Osteopathic Association as a “Guardian of the Profession” for demonstrating a strong sense of pride in the osteopathic medical profession and working actively to advance osteopathic medicine.

Marla DePolo Golden, DO, Jacksonville, FL, was hired as regional assistant dean and clinical associate professor at GA-PCOM and received an “Excellence in Education” award from the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine. Dr. Golden also self-published a book titled Neuroplastic Transformation.

Joseph Heck, DO, Henderson, NV, received the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physician's Bruce D. Horton Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes an osteopathic emergency physician who "made contributions to the College and/or emergency medicine through his or her actions, dedication and deeds over his or her career."

Brian A. Nester, DO, M.Sc., Center Valley, PA, was appointed president and chief executive officer of Lehigh Valley Health Network.

John F. Pagnotto, DO, State College, PA, was named regional medical director for the Geisinger Medical Groups in Centre, Huntingdon, Clinton, Juniata and Mifflin counties.

Debra S. Weiss, DO, Boca Raton, FL, was appointed assistant professor of clinical biomedical science at Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine-Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Weiss works with first and second year medical students.

Edward J. Zaloga, DO, Moosic, PA, was 2013 president of the Lackawanna County Medical Society. Dr. Zaloga was honored by his peers with a reception at Scranton's Masonic Temple on March 22, 2014. Many of his family, friends, and colleagues were in attendance.


Kris M. Belland, DO, Pensacola, FL, was elected president-elect of the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) at the Annual Business Meeting during the 85th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association. Dr. Belland will be the first DO to serve as AsMA president.

Robert H. Debbs, DO, Voorhees, NJ, was promoted to clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of the Maternal Fetal Medicine Network at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania.

Steven J. Halm, DO, Summerfield, NC, was recognized as a physician of distinction in the field of internal medicine by being selected as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Halm is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Gregory McDonald, DO, Philadelphia, PA, had his article "What are Signs of Elder Abuse?," published in the health section of the Philadelphia Inquirer (September 14, 2014). Dr. McDonald also appeared in USA Today to discuss differing autopsies in the high-profile Michael Brown case and on to discuss the origins behind some of Hollywood’s most famous movie monsters.