OU-HCOM Dean Announces His Retirement

Jack Brose, DO, dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) and executive dean for health affairs at Ohio University, announced during his annual State of the College address he will retire as dean on July 1, 2012, and continue his faculty role at the medical school under the university’s early retirement program.

He will also assume responsibilities in the University Provost's office as senior executive director for health services and special assistant to the executive vice president and provost.  In this capacity, Dr. Brose will advise and support the Provost’s Office on the development of the recently approved central Ohio regional extension campus.  

Pam Benoit, Ohio University Executive Vice president and Provost  said that a search would be conducted during the academic year for a new OU-HCOM dean.  “We hope to have a faculty-led search committee appointed by mid-October, on-campus interviews in March and April, and the selection of a dean in May.”

Brose was named the college’s fifth dean in November of 2001. He came to the college in 1982 as an assistant professor of family medicine and was promoted to full professor in 1993. He has served as director of the Pre-doctoral Family Medicine Fellowship Program, associate chair of the Department of Family Medicine, assistant dean for Educational Development and Research, and Assistant Dean for Clinical Research.

During his tenure as dean, Dr. Brose oversaw a 40 percent increase in the college’s enrollment, redevelopment of the college curriculum, and construction of new facilities and renovations of many of OU-HCOM’s existing facilities, including the $34.5 million, 89,000-square-foot Osteopathic Heritage Foundations and Charles R. and Marilyn Y. Stuckey Academic & Research Center; the opening of the Life Sciences Research Facility; and in 2011, the Heritage Clinical Training and Assessment Center & Community Clinic.  

Under Dr. Brose’s leadership, OU-HCOM completed the necessary privatization of the college’s faculty physician practice, which became University Medical Associates, and last year took responsibility for Ohio University’s student health services, now known as Campus Care. Also, the college’s system of teaching hospitals across the state, the Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education, doubled in size from 12 to 24 hospitals.

Throughout his career at OU-HCOM, including his time as dean, Dr. Brose continued to practice medicine, in recent years volunteering in the college’s free Community Clinic, which he founded in 2005. In addition, Dr. Brose encouraged expanded medical research efforts, especially in cancer, diabetes and related illnesses. Largely due to the new drug, Somavert, developed by OU-HCOM professor John Kopchick, Ph.D., Ohio University ranks as the top public university in Ohio, and among the top in the nation, for research royalties. Forbes magazine ranked Ohio University fourth in the nation for research returns on investment.

Dr. Brose received his undergraduate degree in biology from Gettysburg College in 1972. He attended the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree in 1976. He completed a residency in family practice at the USAF Medical Center Scott, Scott Air Force Base, in 1979 where he was chief resident from 1978 to 1979, and completed a Teaching and Research Fellowship at The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus. 


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