Establishing a new osteopathic medical school is no small undertaking, especially in rural, underserved areas. But John M. Kauffman, J. DO, FACOI, FACP, founding dean and chief academic officer for Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM), was up to the task when opening the first medical school in North Carolina in more than 35 years and helping to develop the state’s first DO internal medicine residency program.
Now hailed as a flagship osteopathic medical school that Jerry M. Wallace, EdD, its namesake describes as the “miracle at little Buies Creek,” Dr. Kauffman has instilled the osteopathic spirit and infused the message of mind, body and spirit into the curriculum. The school, which started its inaugural class of 160 medical students from more than 1,000 applicants last year, aims to close a gap in the state’s rural and persistent health care shortage areas. The state ranks 34th in primary care physician density, with 20 counties without a general surgeon.
Since the school’s founding in 2011, Dr. Kauffman has assembled a team of equally dedicated educators and clinicians, and participated in the selection of every CUSOM student. He has a strong connection with his students, and embraces a supportive, hands-on approach. His kind and unassuming nature is paired with a drive to serve others and a wise and thoughtful approach to medical education, leading some to refer to him as the Johnny Appleseed of osteopathic graduate medical education.
Before CUSOM, Dr. Kauffman spent four years in different roles at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg, VA, including vice dean and associate dean for postgraduate affairs and chief academic officer. He also served as director of medical education at several osteopathic medical centers and established many successful residency programs during his career, including growing the number of residency positions at VCOM from 40 to 280.
Active in medical missions, Dr. Kauffman previously served for nine years as president and medical director for TEAMS for Medical Missions, a non-profit providing healthcare to underserved regions of Jamaica, and has participated in medical mission trips to Tanzania, Kenya, Honduras, El Savador and Mexico.
He has given back to the osteopathic profession through his leadership and service on many committees at the medical centers and schools where he has worked, as well as numerous committees on graduate medical education and evaluation that have set industry standards.
Dr. Kauffman graduated from Allegheny College in 1982, and from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 1986. He then completed an internship at Clarion (PA) Community Hospital and his residency at Lehigh Valley Hospital Center in Allentown, PA. He went on to practice internal medicine for many years, and later became a Fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American College of Physicians.
An outstanding educator who leads by example and inspires greatness in his students, Dr. Kauffman is a tireless, dedicated physician who exhibits the best of the osteopathic profession.
The American Osteopathic Foundation is proud to present Educator of the Year to John M. Kauffman, Jr. DO, FACOI, FACP.