Student Spotlight

Zoya Sandhu, OMS I

Class of 2022

  • Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
  • Undergraduate Studies: Biology
  • Clubs and Activities: Member of Medical Students Advocating for Underprivileged Populations (MSAUP) and Women in Medicine Club.

Why did you choose RVUCOM? I chose RVU because of the amazing board scores. I feel like I will be completely prepared for whichever...
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Faculty Spotlight

Cheryl McCormick, PhD

Associate Dean for Integrated Curriculum
Professor of Physiology

  • Hometown: Reidsville, NC
  • Undergraduate Studies: Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at Salem College. Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology from Medical College of Virginia.
  • Graduate Studies: Doctor of Philosophy degree in Pharmacology/Physiology and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Chemistry from Wake Forest University.

What classes do you teach? I teach Renal I and II, and IHL I. Why did you choose to...
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Profile

Michael Wells, PhD

Assistant Dean for Integrated Curriculum
Office of the Dean – Southern Utah

Professor of Structural Medicine
Department of Structural Medicine – Southern Utah

mwells@rvu.edu • (435) 222-1253
RVUCOM-SU Campus • C-173

 

Education | Professional Experience | Service and Contributions | Honors and Awards | Publications and Presentations | Research Interests | Biographical Information


Education


  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Medical College of Georgia
    Augusta, GA
    1979-1980
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL
    1977-1979
  • Doctor of Philosophy
    Medical Sciences – Neuroscience
    University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL
    1977
  • Bachelor of Science
    Chemistry
    University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL
    1973

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Professional Experience


  • 2017 – Present: Assistant Dean of Integrated Curriculum
    Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Southern Utah
  • 2007 – 2017: Professor
    Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2007 – 2017: Chair of Basic Sciences Department
    Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2006 – 2007: Interim Associate Dean for Preclinical Education
    Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2004 – 2006: Associate Professor
    Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 2002 – 2003: Director, Center on Aging
    Deaconess Billings Clinic
  • 1999 – 2002: Professor and Chair of Biomechanics and Bioengineering
    New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1997 – 2002: Scientific Director
    Adele Smithers Parkinsons Disease Treatment Center
  • 1995 – 2002: Director of Biomechanics and Bioengineering Laboratory
    New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1995 – 2001: Associate Professor of Neuroscience
    New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1993 – 1994: Director, Neurological Research
    Institute of Molecular Biology
  • 1990 – 1993: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
    State University of New York
  • 1989 – 1993: Principal Investigator, Nerve Regeneration Research Laboratory
    Veterans Administration Hospital
  • 1989 – 1991: Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience
    New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • 1988 – 1989: Adjunct Associate Professor
    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • 1985 – 1989: Director, Research Electron Microscopic Facility
    Veterans Administration Hospital
  • 1982 – 1989: Chief, Neuroscience Research Laboratory
    Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • 1981 – 1989: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology
    George Washington University
  • 1980 – 1982: Research Chemist, Laboratory of CNS Regeneration
    Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • 1977 – 1979: Adjunct Instructor, Department of Neuroscience
    University of Florida

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Service and Contributions


Miscellaneous

  • Strategic Planning Committee, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (2007-2017)
  • Self Study Committee, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (2005-2017)
  • Curriculum Committee, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine (2004-2017)
  • Chairman, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine (2004-2017)
  • Chair, Rank, Promotions, and Retention Committee, Touro University Nevada (2005-2009)
  • Human Studies Subcommittee, NYCOM (1999-2001)
  • President, Faculty Senate, NYCOM (1996-1999)
  • Safety Committee Chairman, Institute of Molecular Biology (1993-1994)
  • Biohazard Committee, Veterans Administration (1991-1993)
  • Safety Subcommittee, Veterans Administration (1990-1993)
  • Human Studies Subcommittee, Veterans Administration (1990-1992)
  • Chairman, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Veterans Administration (1987-1989)
  • Research and Development Committee, Veterans Administration (1982-1985, 1987-1989)
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Veterans Administration (1985-1987)

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Honors and Awards


  • Teacher of the Year Award
    Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
    2005
  • George W. Northrop Medical Writing Award
    American Osteopathic Association
    1999
  • George W. Northrop Medical Writing Award
    American Osteopathic Association
    1998
  • Superior Performance Award
    Veterans Administration
    1985
  • Superior Performance Award
    Veterans Administration
    1984
  • NSF Predoctoral Fellowship
    University of Florida
    1974-1977
  • Graduate Council Fellowship
    University of Florida
    1973-1974
  • High Honors
    University of Florida
    1973
  • Martin-Marietta Scholarship
    University of Florida
    1969-1973
  • Board of Regents Scholarship
    University of Florida
    1969

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Publications and Presentations


Publications

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Research and Studies


  • Principal Investigator:  Neuroimaging of Language Pathways in Autistic Children, Local TUN Grant, $10,100 (2008-2009)
  • Co- Investigator “A Mechanical/Neural Limb Prosthetic Interface,” National Institutes of Health STTR, $527,160 (2002-2005)
  • Principal Investigator, “Efficacy of a Neural Interface for Potential Use in Limb Prosthetics,” National Science Foundation, $330,945 (1998-2001)
  • Co-Investigator, “Effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy on Locomotor Ability after Neocortical Injury in Rats,” American Osteopathic Association, $20,900 (1999-2001)
  • Co-Investigator, “Osteopathic Manipulation therapy in the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease,” American Osteopathic Association, $55,865 (1998-1999)
  • Co-Investigator, “An Animal model for quantitative evaluation of osteopathic manipulation in adjuvant induced arthritis,” American Osteopathic Association” (renewal), $13,845 (1998-1999)
  • Co-Investigator, “ The Effect of OMT on Range of Motion in the Arthritic Knee,” American Osteopathic Association”( renewal), $31,700 (1998-1999)
  • Co-Investigator, “ The Effect of OMT on Range of Motion in the Arthritic Knee” American Osteopathic Association” (pilot project )-  $5,000 (1996-1997)
  • Co-Investigator, “An Animal model for quantitative evaluation of osteopathic manipulation in adjuvant induced arthritis” American Osteopathic Association” –  $25,000 (1995-1996)
  • Co- Investigator, “ Development of an Animal Model to Detect the efficacy and Beneficial Effects of Manipulative Therapy on Joint Inflammation” American Osteopathic Association”- $ 25,000 (1993-1994)
  • Principal Investigator, “Neuronal Interaction with Cell Environment in       CNS and PNS Regeneration”   Veterans Administration. -$403,600 (1989-1993)
  • Principal Investigator, “The Neuronal Nuclear Response in Nervous System Regeneration” Veterans Administration,- $289,484 (1985-1988)
  • Principal Investigator, “The Neuronal Nuclear Response in Nervous System Regeneration”  Veterans Administration. – $144,055 (1982-1984)

Patents:

  • “A Device to Promote Drug-Induced Nerve Regeneration,” Institute of Molecular Biology (1994)

 

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Biographical Information


Dr. Wells graduated magma cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry in 1973. He earned a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences from the University of Florida in 1977. After two postdoctoral fellowships, he became a principal investigator in central nervous system injury for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.

In 1989, Dr. Wells joined the faculty of the N. Y. College of Osteopathic Medicine to teach in their neuroscience program, and continued research through the Veterans Administration at Northport, N.Y. After a brief venture into private industry, Dr. Wells returned to the NYCOM and began collaborations with osteopathic physicians to examine the effects of manipulative treatment on patients with Parkinson disease. Dr. Wells joined Touro University Nevada in 2004 as head of the Neuroscience program and later Interim Associate Dean for Preclinical Education. He served as Chairman of the Department of Basic Sciences for ten years before joining Rocky Vista University as Assistant Dean of the Integrated Curriculum in 2017.

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