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Touro University California Dean receives Lifetime Achievement Award for diligent efforts in medical community

(Vallejo, CA – February 25, 2016) – Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Dean Michael Clearfield, D.O.was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award from the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC) on Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

Periodically OPSC presents the Lifetime Achievement Award in an effort to recognize an osteopathic physician that has demonstrated a true osteopathic pioneering spirit, and whose diligence and efforts have advanced the osteopathic profession. In a ceremony on Wednesday evening, surrounded by his peers and colleagues from Touro Dr. Clearfield was presented with this award for his diligent efforts in the medical community.

When asked about the award Dr. Clearfield commented “I am humbled and honored by this recognition. An award such as this is all the more meaningful coming from my peers at the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California.”

Dr. Clearfield joined Touro University California’s Vallejo-based campus in 2006 to take the helm of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. Under his direction the medical school has recruited an outstanding faculty,  received national recognition for producing one of the highest percentages of primary care physicians in the county, supported the development of one of the profession’s largest Global Health programs, and established pre-doctoral fellowships in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Academic Primary Care.  

Most recently the highly respected healthcare educator celebrated the opening of Touro’s Translational Research Clinic which will focus efforts on high public health impact areas such as diabetes and obesity spanning the full spectrum from the basic sciences, to translational research, to clinical trials and eventually to a public health perspective, all the while allowing the pertinent information to be simultaneously incorporated into the curriculum to keep Touro students current and at the cutting edge of technology and research.

“One of the many wonderful things about our campus is the extraordinary faculty and staff that we are privileged to work amongst,” said Marilyn Hopkins, PhD, Provost and Chief Operating Officer of Touro University California. “The entire campus is very proud of this prestigious award that Dr. Clearfield has received as he is integral to the success of our graduating future healthcare providers and physicians. His career accomplishments and contributions to our institution deserve to be recognized in a very big way.”

Having received his D.O. degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine Dr. Clearfield’s career has been filled with accomplishments in advancing the osteopathic community as a whole. The professional organizations he participates within to support this goal include the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine, the American College of Osteopathic Internists, the American College of Physicians, and the National Lipid Association. He currently serves as the Chair of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Board of Deans and is a member of the AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research (BOCER).

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About Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC) 

It is the mission of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC) to advance the practice of osteopathic medicine as an independent, scientific and complete system of medicine for the restoration and preservation of good health, and to present programs of education and information that contribute to the effective, professional practice of osteopathic health care for the benefit of all members of the profession. OPSC is a chartered divisional society of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).For more information, please visit