POMONA, Calif., Nov. 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Western University of Health Sciences has selected Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS, CHCQM, as Dean of the College of Podiatric Medicine (CPM), effective November 1, 2022.
Dr. Labovitz joined CPM in 2009, the same year the College welcomed its inaugural class. He has served the College and WesternU admirably in a multitude of capacities, including Department Chair, Assistant Dean of Clinical Education, and Medical Director of the WesternU Foot & Ankle Center. He most recently served as Associate Dean of Clinical Education and Graduate Placement.
“Dean Labovitz has invested his career at WesternU and was pivotal to the global growth of CPM and ultimate success of the College,” said WesternU President Robin Farias-Eisner, MD, PhD, MBA. “He takes the reigns at a transformational time in health care, for the University, and for the Podiatric Medicine profession. I have every confidence that he will lead CPM to achieve even higher levels of prominence.”
Labovitz earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology with a concentration in Nutritional Biochemistry from Cornell University and his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. He completed his Podiatric Medicine and Surgery residency at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan, then traveled to Graz, Austria for the AO International Orthopedic Trauma Surgery Fellowship at LKH University Clinic for Traumatology. He also served as a Visiting Scholar in Health Policy and Management at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health.
Labovitz is an American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery Diplomate Certified in Foot Surgery and Reconstructive Rearfoot & Ankle Surgery and an American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians Diplomate Certified in Healthcare Quality & Management. He has published and produced numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, abstracts and posters, and he has given invited presentations nationally and internationally. He mentors podiatric medical students, residents and faculty members in health management, clinical and administrative research, career development, and leadership principles and strategies to enhance their communication, efficiency and overall success as leaders.
“Throughout his time at WesternU, Dr. Labovitz has touched every facet of CPM, from assessing and modifying the case-based learning curriculum, to developing clinical partnerships and redesigning clinical curriculum, to assisting with the leadership of accreditation responsibilities. He created and implemented the DPM Advanced Standing degree program for foreign medical graduates,” said WesternU Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer Paula M. Crone, DO ’92. “With his clinical, academic and collaborative background, Dr. Labovitz is poised to lead CPM as a global leader of innovative and integrated podiatric medical education.”
Labovitz succeeds Dr. V. Kathleen Satterfield, who served as CPM dean from May 1, 2019 to Oct. 31, 2022. She retired as dean but will continue to serve CPM and WesternU in a consultative capacity.
“I am fortunate to have been a part of CPM since its humble beginnings and to work alongside my colleagues to help it grow to become a leading institution in podiatric medical education,” Labovitz said. “I look forward to working with students, faculty, staff, alumni, WesternU administration, and external stakeholders as we strive to achieve our vision to be the global leader of innovative and integrated podiatric medical education.”
About Western University of Health Sciences:
Western University of Health Sciences, located in Pomona, CA and Lebanon, OR, is an independent nonprofit health professions university, conferring degrees in dental medicine, health sciences, medical sciences, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, podiatric medicine and veterinary medicine. WesternU is home to WesternU Health, where the best in collaborative health care services is offered and WesternU Pet Health, where we enhance and prolong the loving relationship between families and their pets.
For over 45 years, WesternU has prepared health care professionals for long-term career success. Our educational approach is centered around humanistic values, so that our graduates treat every patient as the unique individual they are. WesternU also is one of the largest graduate schools for the health sciences in California and our Alumni rank among the top leaders in health care and medicine throughout the country and the world.
About Jonathan Labovitz, DPM, FACFAS, CHCQM:
“As a professor, I developed curriculum and teach students in pre-clinical courses and patient care for many of the health professions at Western University. My clinical practice involves medicine and surgery of the foot and ankle for infants, children and adults with a specialty in reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle involving diabetes and limb salvage/amputation prevention, congenital deformities and limb deformity correction and trauma.
I am a lecturer at local, regional and national continuing education conferences on the cost of healthcare, value-based care, risk factors predicting disease complications and advanced techniques in the medical and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle. I have published numerous papers in various peer-reviewed medical journals and serve on the editorial board and review for a number of medical journals.
I consult for medical device and health systems/care delivery companies. My consulting projects range from value based care initiatives and cost effectiveness to strategic planning and marketing. I also serve on the speaker’s bureau for some medical device companies. For the last 8 years I’ve chaired one of the largest podiatric medical conferences, with responsibilities in business development, strategy, marketing and developing the scientific program. Since assuming this position conference attendance has grown nearly 30% with record numbers in net revenue each year.”
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