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Teresa J. Burtoft, D.P.M.’97

Burtoft joined the Winchester Hospital medical staff in Winchester, MA. She practices at the Foot and Health Center of Merrimack Valley in North Andover, where she resides. She is board-certified in foot surgery and completed a residency in podiatric surgery at Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge, MA. 

— Anna Hudson

Robert L. Donley, D.O.’95

Donley is the obstetrics/gynecology department chair for Excela Health in Latrobe, PA. He performs minimally invasive surgery and Da Vinci robotic surgery. He is a lieutenant colonel for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. 

— Anna Hudson

Jay E. Coates Jr., D.O.’95

Coates is an associate professor with the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He is program director of the surgical critical care fellowship and serves on the admissions committee for the school of medicine. He is vice chief of the department of trauma at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada’s only level one trauma center, […]

— Anna Hudson

Susan M. Ott, D.O.’93

Ott is a sports medicine orthopedist at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen and Brownsville, TX, and actively raises funds for a program that helps veterans wounded in combat when they return to the United States. The program seeks to transform the way wounded veterans are re-integrated into society when they return from combat and exit […]

— Anna Hudson

Walter G. Bodjanac, D.O.’91

Bodjanac joined Avita Health System in Ontario, OH, and is board-certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery. He completed his residency at the Ohio University/Cleveland South Pointe Hospital in Cleveland, OH. He furthered his training through a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at the International Institute of Reconstructive Microsurgery in Norfolk, VA. He is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons.

— Anna Hudson

Robert E. Weissinger, D.O.’89, PA-C’84

Weissinger was appointed chief medical officer of hospice/palliative medicine and of the palliative medicine fellowship program at Mercy Hospital in Mason City, IA. He is certified in family practice and hospice and palliative medicine by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He provides education to clinicians and patients on the importance of hospice and palliative […]

— Anna Hudson

Cynthia R. Jackson, D.O.’89

Jackson is the global head for the pediatric center of excellence at Quintiles Inc., the world’s largest pharmaceutical services organization. She leads a multidisciplinary team of clinical research professionals whose goal is to optimize pediatric pharmaceutical research in all therapeutic areas. Her group also provides consulting expertise to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in the area of […]

— Anna Hudson

Roberta A. Wattleworth, D.O.’81, M.H.A.’99, M.P.H.’04

Wattleworth completed six years as vice coordinator then coordinator of Level III of COMLEX for the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners. She was asked to join its board of directors and will be inducted in December in San Diego. She is a professor of family medicine at Des Moines University and resides in West Des […]

— Anna Hudson

John P. Henn, D.O.’69

Henn joined Overlake Medical Clinics Gilman in Issaquah, WA. He is board-certified in family practice and spent 30 years serving the Kent community before moving to Issaquah. 

— Anna Hudson

James W. Hogin, D.O.’74

Hogin practices full-time office OMM and internal medicine after 31 years of hospital gastroenterology and internal medicine. He successfully battled brain cancer for six years, which brought about changes in his practice, but with his D.O. and general background, he is able to practice satisfying and quality medicine. He works because of the satisfaction and desire […]

— Anna Hudson

An event not to be missed

Admittedly, we’re biased, but we believe the DMU and central Iowa communities have great opportunities to hear a wonderful speaker as part of next week’s Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations: William Anderson, D.O., FACOS, is a 1956 graduate of Des Moines University and a pioneer in both osteopathic medicine and the nation’s […]

— Barb Boose

Want to research?

Faculty and students at Des Moines University work together in first-rate facilities on diverse research studies regarding health and wellness, and you could be a part of it. Are you an undergrad student (or know of one) interested in research or a future career in health or medicine? Then check out the mentored research program. This […]

— Nicole Branstad

New year for DMU

Good Morning! Many of you have heard me praise the numerous qualities of Des Moines University that drew me here. They include the University’s high academic quality; its rigorous, well-equipped curriculum that supports innovative education; the interprofessional interactions among our students and faculty; and the wonderful work and support of our employees. Another exceptional aspect […]

— Angela Franklin

We’re all connected

  Are you connected to DMU? If you aren’t already, head on over to our Facebook page and ‘Like’ us. Alums, check out this page. Check out our Twitter feed and follow our tweets. Or there is even the DMU Tube with all of our latest videos. Are you on campus right now? Check in on Foursquare. […]

— Nicole Branstad