Touro University Nevada Appoints John J. Dougherty, D.O. As Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nationally recognized osteopathic medical educator to lead state’s largest medical school.
Oct 15, 2015

Touro University Nevada (TUN) is pleased to announce the appointment of John J. Dougherty, D.O., as Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Henderson campus. Dr. Dougherty will start as Dean at Touro on February 1, 2016, following the retirement of Touro’s founding Dean, Dr. Mitchell Forman.

Dr. Dougherty comes to TUN from Kansas City University – College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCU-COM) where he currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Graduate Medical Education.  He is the Chief Academic Officer of the KCUMB Graduate Medical Education Consortium and chairs the Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institute’s Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education Committee.  He previously served as Acting Dean at KCU-COM and as the Chair of the Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Dougherty is a national leader in the osteopathic medical profession, serving as an inspector for the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM), the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), the Council on Postdoctoral Training (COPT) and the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).  He has served as Chair of the AOASM Committee on Education and Evaluation and is currently the Secretary of their Board of Directors.  Dr. Dougherty is a member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Circle of Leaders, Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) Board of Directors, AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research, Chair for the AOA Musculoskeletal Injuries and Prevention Task Force and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Dougherty is also a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Osteopathic Principles Committee.

“It is an honor to be selected as Dean at Touro University Nevada,” said John J. Dougherty, D.O.  “The amazing team at Touro has created an impressive program and is a leading medical educator in Nevada.  It is exciting to be part of continuing that growth and development.    Together we will work to make Touro the clear leader in maximizing our students’ opportunity to succeed.  I look forward to engaging the campus and greater Southern Nevada community as we work together to make a meaningful impact on the healthcare needs of the region.”

Established in 2004, the university is home to nearly 1,400 students in a wide range of degree programs including the state’s largest medical school, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, nursing, medical health sciences, occupational therapy, and education.  Many of these programs are the first of their kind in Nevada. In addition to the ground-breaking programs offered, the university is home to the Touro University Nevada Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities and the Touro Health Center.

“I am absolutely delighted that John is joining us at Touro as Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine,” said CEO and Senior Provost, Shelley Berkley. “He brings an extensive and diverse background in osteopathic medical education that includes clinical education, research, and administration, as well as expertise in the development of residency and fellowship programs.  He is a respected national leader within the medical community and I know that he will help strengthen Touro’s position as the leading medical educator in Nevada and in the country.”

In addition to his many qualifications and immense history, Dr. Dougherty was selected for the inaugural ACOFP Physician Leadership Institute in the Administration Track earning him the designation of Fellow and Certified Physician Leader in Administration, has completed the AOA National Health Policy Fellowship, and was the Missouri Society of the ACOFP Family Physician of the Year for 2014.

“The TUN campus community was very impressed with Dr. Dougherty’s extensive academic and clinical experience, as well as his enthusiasm, and his innovative ideas,” said TUN Provost Dr. Ray Alden. “I have no doubt that Dr. Dougherty will serve a key leadership role in the College of Osteopathic Medicine and in the University in advancing our mission areas of medical education, clinical training, research and health care service to the citizens of Nevada.  We are very excited that he will be joining us.”

Dr. Dougherty received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the University of Health Science – College of Osteopathic Medicine, NKA Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences – College of Osteopathic Medicine, in 1992.  He graduated from Culver Stockton College in Canton, Missouri in 1988 with a B.S. in Biology and Education.  He completed a one-year rotating internship and first year of Family Medicine residency at the Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas, UNT/HSC-TCOM in Fort Worth, completing residency and serving as founding chief resident in the new Family Medicine residency at Oak Hill Hospital in Joplin, Missouri where he practiced and had a home for 17 years.  Dr. Dougherty is board certified in Family Medicine and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians.

About Touro University Nevada

Touro University Nevada (TUN) is a private, non-profit, Jewish-sponsored institution established to help address critical needs in health care and education and as a resource for community service in the state of Nevada. TUN opened its doors in 2004 and is now home to nearly 1,400 students, in a wide variety of degree programs including osteopathic medicine, physician assistant studies, education, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy. The university’s Henderson campus includes a multi-specialty health center and a multi-disciplinary Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. For more information on TUN, please visit or call 702- 777-8687.

About the Touro College and University System

Touro is a system of non-profit institutions of higher and professional education. Touro College was chartered in 1970 primarily to enrich the Jewish heritage, and to serve the larger American and global community. Approximately 19,000 students are currently enrolled in its various schools and divisions. Touro College has branch campuses, locations and instructional sites in the New York area, as well as branch campuses and programs in Berlin, Jerusalem, Moscow, Paris and Florida. New York Medical College, Touro University California and its affiliate Touro University Nevada, as well as Touro University Worldwide and its Touro College Los Angeles division are separately accredited institutions within the Touro College and University System. For further information on Touro College, please go to:


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