PCOM Georgia Names Commencement SpeakersMay 2, 2019
PCOM Georgia is pleased to welcome commencement speakers to ceremonies marking the
graduation of students in the Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Masters of Biomedical Sciences and Masters of Physician Assistant Studies programs. Commencement ceremonies will take place at the Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth with the PharmD, DO and Biomedical
Sciences ceremonies taking place on May 22, 2019, and the PA Studies ceremony set
for July 30, 2019.
NIH Senior Investigator Speaks to Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences Graduates
William Douglas Figg, Sr., PharmD, MBA, works as a senior investigator for the National
Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is also deputy
branch chief of the Genitourinary Malignancies Branch, head of the Molecular Pharmacology
Section and head of the Clinical Pharmacology Program. In addition, he is the co-director
of the Office of Translational Resources and associate director of the NCI’s Center
for Cancer Research.
An expert on utilizing pharmacological principles in anticancer drug and biomarker
development, Dr. Figg has integrated pharmacogenetics/pharmacogenomics research in
these drug development efforts to evaluate the impact of genetic variants on drug
metabolism, response and toxicity. His research focuses on the development of novel
therapies, using prostate cancer as the target disease and angiogenesis as the target
2009 Alum Returns as Keynote Speaker at DO Commencement Ceremony
Trupti Patel, DO, a board certified emergency medicine specialist, is a graduate of
PCOM Georgia’s inaugural class of 2009. During her time as a medical student, Dr.
Patel was awarded the Mason W. Pressley Memorial Medal and received the Georgia Osteopathic
Medical Association’s Trimble Award.
In addition, she served as the PCOM Georgia Class of 2009 chair, as the public relations
coordinator for the National Student Osteopathic Medical Association, and as a member
of the American Osteopathic Association Committee of Governance and Organizational
Dr. Patel completed her residency at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan,
where she was appointed chief resident in her final year. She has a special interest
in ethics in medical care and served on such committees in both medical school and
during her residency program.
Former Chair of Department to Address PA Graduates
John Cavenagh, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA, will serve as the keynote speaker for the PCOM Georgia
graduating Physician Assistant (PA) Studies students at their July commencement ceremony.
He served as the chair and program director of the PA Studies department from 2003
until 2016 with oversight over both PCOM and PCOM Georgia. After retiring in 2016,
he became a clinical professor of PA Studies.
Dr. Cavenagh graduated from the Yale University Physician Associate program, New Haven,
Connecticut, in 1976. He then joined the inaugural class of the Yale/Norwalk Hospital
PA surgical residency, completing the program in 1977. He practiced emergency and
urgent care medicine from 1977 until 2000. He is as a Distinguished Fellow of the
American Academy of Physician Assistants and currently serves as a member of the Peer
Review Panel of the Journal of Physician Assistant Education.
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About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcomgeorgiahealth.org.
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