David A. Connett, DO, FACOFP dist

New Dean of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University

Accomplished physician, educator and visionary in osteopathic medicine to spearhead college’s future

After an extensive national search, David Connett, D.O., FACOFP (dist.), has been appointed as the new dean of the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, effective July 1, 2024.

“An accomplished physician, educator and visionary in osteopathic medicine, Dr. Connett brings exceptional experience and qualifications to his new role. He is a recognized leader in osteopathic medicine education. He is exactly the right person to continue the standard of excellence DMU is known for and propel the university to the next level to help address national health care workforce shortages and more,” says Angela L. Walker Franklin, Ph.D., president and CEO.

Connett has a distinguished career spanning decades. A 1984 graduate of the Western University of Health Sciences – College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, he completed his postgraduate training at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. His professional journey includes distinguished service in the United States Air Force as a board-certified family physician and flight surgeon, where he notably served as chief of aerospace medicine.

Connett has also served as the chief medical officer of an osteopathic teaching hospital and has been an integral part of the faculty at Western University of Health Sciences since 2007, progressively assuming roles as the dean of postdoctoral training, vice dean, and currently, acting dean. He is a national consultant in residency development. A distinguished fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, he was inducted into the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Board of Governors in 2018.

“This is an exciting time to join the DMU community and the College of Osteopathic Medicine,” Connett says. “DMU is a highly respected osteopathic medical school. It’s number one in the nation for board scores. The faculty are harmonious. It’s an amazing place and the campus that has been built under Dr. Franklin’s leadership is impressive.”

In his leisure time, Connett enjoys various outdoor pursuits, including biking, fishing and sporting activities. In addition to his career, Connett’s family is also a priority. His daughter serves as a D.O. surgeon in South Dakota, and his son is a cybersecurity expert living in Michigan. Relocating to Iowa from California brings him closer to his family, including one grandchild, with two more expected to join the family by the end of 2024.

“DMU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine holds a distinguished reputation as one of the nation’s premier medical institutions, renowned for producing top-tier primary care physicians,” Franklin says. “The college also has enjoyed exceptional performance on national exams and high Match Day rates. Dr. Connett is poised to further enhance and expand on this legacy of excellence.”

David Kapaska, D.O., a 1986 graduate of DMU, has served as interim dean of the college since February 2024. He will return to his service as a member of the DMU board of trustees.

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