Thomas Cavalieri, D.O.’76, was reappointed by U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to serve on the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education and Accreditation (NCFMEA). The committee consists of 11 appointed members who evaluate the standards used by foreign countries to accredit medical schools and determine whether those standards are comparable to those used to accredit medical schools in the United States. Dean of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) in Stratford, NJ, Cavalieri was previously appointed to the NCFMEA in 2015 and served through Sept. 30, 2017.
In addition to his role on the committee, he currently serves on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Academic Affiliations Council, an appointment he has held since 2016. In 2003, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to serve on the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages. He has also served the state of New Jersey in various capacities, including his appointment by the governor to the New Jersey Commission on Aging.
A longtime member and past chair of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Deans, Cavalieri also has served since 2008 on the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, which he chaired from 2012 to 2014.
In addition to serving as RowanSOM’s Dean, he is the Osteopathic Heritage Endowed Chair for primary care research and professor of medicine. He has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts and book chapters. His major research interests include end-of-life care and geriatric assessment; he has received numerous grants to fund research, training and education in geriatrics. Cavalieri is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. He is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American Geriatrics Society.