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Since 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained osteopathic physicians to help people improve their health and overcome problems through a “whole person” approach which treats the entire person rather than just the symptoms.

Through your generous support, PCOM continues to produce board-certified specialists, academic leaders and educators, and recognized practitioners and researchers who contribute to the health and health policy of communities throughout the nation.



Alumni Spotlight

A Dream Come True

Samuel Strauss, DO ’71, MPHFrom a young age, Samuel Strauss, DO ’71, MPH, Round Rock, Texas, was inspired to practice medicine by his family physician. But at the same time, having watched Neil Armstrong take humankind’s first steps on the moon, Dr. Strauss was absolutely enthralled by space exploration.

After he graduated from PCOM, Dr. Strauss served in the U.S. Navy as a submarine medical officer assigned to nuclear submarines and diving units around the world. He then switched military branches and joined the Air Force, where he became a flight surgeon and went on to complete his residency training in aerospace medicine. Not too long after he retired from the military, he found the perfect job to mesh his childhood dreams and career accomplishments: working as a physician for NASA at the Johnson Space Center.

Read more about Dr. Strauss’ exciting career in Digest.


Alumni News

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Victor J. Scali, DO, Swedesboro, NJ, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Bruce D. Horton, DO, FACOEP-D Lifetime Achievement Award by the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians. The award is presented to a physician who has excelled in emergency medicine, is recognized as a field expert by his/her peers, and has served nationally and regionally in the profession. Dr. Scali served as the president of the Foundation for Osteopathic Emergency Medicine from 2004 to 2006, and continues to serve on its board of trustees. He also has been the long-time program director of the Emergency Medicine Residency program at Rowan University – Kennedy Hospital.

Mark A. Haggenjos, DO, Portland, IN, was awarded the Doc Hollywood Award by Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) at the IRHA Annual Conference Awards Luncheon. The Doc Hollywood Award recognizes individuals who provide quality health care for rural and underserved communities. Dr. Haggenjos began his practice, Family Practice of Jay County, in 2001. In addition, he is chief of staff, chief medical information officer and the only obstetrician at Jay County Hospital.

Leanne T. Labriola, DO, Champaign, IL, was featured in a spotlight article discussing her entrepreneurship and a device she is developing that could make a difference in how eye injuries are discovered. Dr. Labriola, an ophthalmologist and professor at University of Illinois College of Medicine, is the cofounder of InnSight Technology. The company is developing OcuCheck, an objective testing device that detects a chemical that usually is found inside the eye, and if found on the tear film, reveals that an eye injury has occurred. This product will be user-friendly, handheld and affordable, and is currently in the test phase.

For more alumni news, see the latest issue of Digest.