Kenneth J. Steier, DO, MBA, MPH, MHA, MGH has been named dean for the new Middletown campus of Harlem-based Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM). The Middletown campus, currently under construction, is scheduled to open in August 2014 and is expected to enroll more than 500 students when fully operational.
Currently, Dr. Steier serves as clinical dean and professor at TouroCOM, a position he has held since July 2011. He has been instrumental in achieving accreditation for the new Middletown campus from the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. Additionally, numerous new rotations and residencies have been added at TouroCOM under his watch, and 100 percent of the school’s 2013 graduates were matched to residency programs this past season.
“Dr. Steier is an outstanding educator, who is dedicated to the profession and his students,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, president of Touro. “Under his guidance and leadership, the school will create new career paths, improve job opportunities, and enhance medical care for area residents–ultimately improving both the physical and economic health of the local community.”
The new TouroCOM Middletown medical-school campus is intended to attract students from the Greater Hudson Valley area. Affiliations have been signed for the new medical students to complete their rotations and residencies at local hospitals and offices. This local recruitment and training makes it likely they will stay in the area to practice medicine when they graduate.
Said Dr. Steier, “This project has been under development for several years, and enjoys tremendous support from the governor’s office, other state and local politicians, and the mayor of Middletown, all of whom were instrumental in obtaining the approvals necessary to make this dream a reality. I look forward to serving the population of the Hudson Valley and playing a leadership role in the education and training of our future physicians.”
Dr. Steier is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary and critical care. Prior to coming to TouroCOM, he was a clinical assistant dean at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he was named Preceptor of the Year by the medical students. Dr. Steier has been an inspector for the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation for 15 years, and is also is a grant reviewer for the Health Resources Services Administration and a consultant for the Food and Drug Administration.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Steier, a very experienced educator and doctor, as our first campus dean,” said Dr. Jay Sexter, provost of TouroCOM, about the new appointment. “We have been working on this project for the past three years, and everyone is looking forward to greeting our first group of Middletown students.”
“I look forward to having Dr. Steier in place as the campus dean. He is an experienced physician who has been an integral part of the success at TouroCOM in Harlem, and will strive to advance the medical school’s mission,” said Robert Goldberg, DO, dean of TouroCOM.
Development of the new campus was formally launched last month with a kickoff ceremony attended by Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy and other local and state officials at the site, formerly occupied by the Horton Hospital complex. When completed, the school is expected to occupy 110,000 square feet of space in the complex.
TouroCOM will offer a four-year degree program for osteopathic physicians at the new campus and is considering training physical and occupational therapists, nurses, and pharmacists as well. The process of medical education has already begun in the Hudson Valley, with ten third-year osteopathic medical students from TouroCOM’s Harlem campus relocating to Middletown to participate in medical rotations at the Orange Regional Medical Center as of July 1.
The Touro College and University System is one of the largest health-care educational systems in the nation and offers a wide array of degree programs in the medical and health sciences fields. In addition to colleges of osteopathic medicine in New York, the Touro system also includes colleges of osteopathic medicine in Nevada and California. Touro also has colleges of pharmacy in both New York and California, as well as graduate and undergraduate schools of health sciences in New York, Nevada, and California. Together with New York Medical College in Westchester County, Touro College and University System educates approximately 5,300 health-sciences students annually. v