Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has named H. William Craver III, DO ‘87, Vice Provost - Georgia, in addition to his roles as dean of the Georgia osteopathic medicine program and chief academic officer at Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM).
“It is an honor to be asked to take on this position,” Dr. Craver said. “Being able to help with the growth and development of the many academic programs, new campuses, new programs and new beginnings is exciting. I can think of no greater personal fulfillment than to be able to help contribute to one's alma mater.”
GA-PCOM has experienced recent growth in its academic programs with the physical therapy program matriculating its inaugural class this June and the first physician assistant studies graduates commencing on July 31. In addition, PCOM South Georgia, an additional location of PCOM which will offer a degree in osteopathic medicine, is under development in Moultrie, Georgia.
Dr. Craver will assist the college’s provost, Kenneth Veit, DO ‘76, in the oversight, management and operations of all Georgia academic activity, especially related to cross-campuses and cross-programmatic units such as student affairs, the research division and professional development.
A native of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Craver graduated from the University of
Delaware where he earned a degree in physical therapy in 1979. After working in physical
therapy and sports medicine at the Hershey Medical Center, he enrolled at PCOM where
he earned his DO degree in 1987.
Dr. Craver completed a residency, serving two years as chief resident, in general surgery at the Osteopathic Medical Center of Philadelphia in 1992. He then joined the teaching faculty and was the academic coordinator of the surgery residency program. He has also practiced in the communities of Jasper, Georgia, and Hardinsburg, Kentucky.
Dr. Craver is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He is a Costin Scholar and has earned numerous awards including induction into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the PCOM Galen S. Young Surgery Award, Resident of the Year, National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners Case Author of the Year, PCOM Alumni Association Certificate of Merit and Certificate of Honor. In addition, he is a member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Mentor Hall of Fame and a Guardian of the Profession. In 2017 he was named the Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association Physician of the Year.
Dr. Craver is actively involved in several organizations serving and/or representing osteopathic medicine including: the Residency Evaluation and Standards Committee for the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, the Council on Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training of the AOA, the Portfolio and Expanded Assessment Task Force for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, the Board of Directors for Three Rivers Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the GME Regents Evaluation and Assessment Team (GREAT), the Medical Education Advisory Committee for the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce, the Primary Care Work Group for the Georgia Statewide AHEC Network and the Council on Legislation for the Medical Association of Georgia. He is a Delegate to the AOA, a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Deans for the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and a member of PCOM Executive Leadership.
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 which has a storied history as a premier osteopathic medical school. PCOM Georgia offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine degree, the doctor of pharmacy degree, the doctor of physical therapy degree, as well as graduate degrees in biomedical sciences 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. 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 pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500.
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