Salus News

August 15, 2014

New Dean of Graduate Programs in Biomedicine Announced

Salus University provost, Dr. Jan Scharre, recently announced the appointment of William Monaco, OD, MSEd, PhD, as dean of Graduate Programs in Biomedicine (GPBI). Prior to this appointment, Dr. Monaco was interim dean of the program.

In her announcement Dr. Scharre noted that Dr. Monaco has extensive academic and clinical leadership experience that bring a wealth of knowledge to this position, noting “He brings distinctive leadership skills to the GPBI which will allow Salus University to build on the foundational work of Dr. Pierrette Dayhaw- Barker.”

Dr. Monaco has served as the Associate Director of the MPH Program and Special Assistant to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for Program Development at Salus University. He has been instrumental in building the on-line pedagogical infrastructure for the MPH program and subsequently for the PhD/MSc in Biomedicine. He has taught and will continue to teach in both of these programs.

July 23, 2014

New Clinical Faculty Appointments Announced

Linda Casser, OD, FAAO, interim associate dean for the Practice of Optometric Medicine, recently announced the appointments of four new clinical faculty members who will be joining the Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry in August.

Doctors Byung Josh Kim, Aikaterini Koukas ’13, Rajni Kumari ’13 and Bhawan Minhas were selected after a national search that resulted in applications from qualified candidates from around the country. Dr. Casser also noted that “this successful outcome is the result of months of effort and support by many individuals within the College and University to launch a new direction for the PCO Internship Program and the Primary Care Residency Program at The Eye Institute. This effort and support is sincerely appreciated.” She added her thanks to the members of the University community who participated in the search process, and added her invitation to the community members to “Please join in enthusiastically welcoming these four talented colleagues as new faculty members.

July 17, 2014

Dr. Schieman Named Dean of Research

Salus University provost, Dr. Janice Scharre, has announced the appointment of Dr. Mitchell Scheiman as Dean of Research at the University. The appointment was effective on July 1.

In her announcement, the provost noted Dr. Scheiman’s strong administrative leadership, telling the Salus community that, along with his dedication to research, Dr. Scheiman "will be an inspiring development to our Research Department."

Dr. Scheiman is nationally recognized as an expert on Convergence Insufficiency and has extensive clinical research experience, serving as the Co-Protocol Chair of the NEI Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Study (CITS) and Study Chair of the NEI Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT).  He recently received approval on his proposed NEI/U10 Cooperative Clinical Research grant entitled the Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial - Attention and Reading Trial (CITT-ART).

July 10, 2014

OCA Faculty Promotions Announced

Dr. Victor Bray, dean of the University’s Osborne College of Audiology, announced the promotions of two OCA faculty members.

Dr. Radhika Aravamudhan has been promoted to Assistant Dean for the Foundations and Assessment of Audiologic Medicine and Dr. Jonette Owen has been promoted to  Assistant Dean for the Practice and Assessment of Audiologic Medicine.

In her new position, Dr. Aravamudhan, who joined the faculty at OCA in 2005, will plan, organize and direct the day-to-day operations of the residential component of the College, under administrative direction of the dean.  She will be responsible for developing curriculum and course design for the residential Audiology program, assist in program review and assessment, and in attaining and maintaining accreditation in collaboration with the dean.

In her new position, Dr. Owen, who joined the faculty at OCA in 2010, will plan, organize and direct the day-to-day operations of the residential component of the College, under administrative direction of the dean.  She will be responsible for establishing, implementing, assessing and improving best practices for student training through the four-year clinical training program. She will have oversight responsibility for clinical credentialing exercises, on-campus clinical training at the Pennsylvania Ear Institute (student years 1 and 2), the off-campus clerkship clinical rotations (student year 3), and the off-campus clinical externship (student year 4).