For Immediate Release

Contact: Andrea E. Garcia, Touro University California
Associate Vice President, University Advancement

W: (707) 638-5272
C: (707) 280-8771

Touro University California 2015 Commencement Ceremony

(Vallejo, CA – May 29, 2015) – For Dr. Jason Pasley, DO and ’05 Alum, each step at Touro University California prepared him for where he is today.

Pasley, now a Major in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps, began his military career soon after graduating from Touro University California when he was selected for a Health Professions Scholarship with the U.S. Air Force. He was accepted into the General Surgery Program and completed a two-year Trauma and Critical Care Fellowship at LA County/University of Southern California Hospital in Los Angeles.

After his selection as instructor with the Air Force Program at the Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills, Pasley went on to accept the position of Director of Physician Education for the CSTARS program, as well as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland- RA Cowley Shock Trauma Center. And there’s more.

Last year, he was sent overseas to Afghanistan as the Trauma Director at Craig Joint Theater Hospital at Bagram Airfield, where he orchestrated a team of 11 surgeons who accomplished over 1,800 combat and humanitarian operations. To no surprise, Pasley received the Meritorious Service Medal.

“Being a doctor is hard work.  It is extremely rewarding but it is hard work. It is even more rewarding being a trauma surgeon in the military and translating my skills to taking care of wounded soldiers,” Pasley said. “I am where I am today based on a series of events and my education.  Touro gave me a strong foundation to build upon and through the military scholarship and residency, fellowship and the Air Force, I am able to be an Attending Surgeon at a large academic institution, doing what I love on a daily basis.  I owe it to my faculty and classmates for getting me where I am today.” 

Pasley has been selected as this year’s keynote speaker for the College of Osteopathic Medicine ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 7th, at the Masonic Auditorium, 1111 California Street in San Francisco.

This year, TUC will host a separate ceremony for each of the colleges, beginning with the College of Osteopathic Medicine on Sunday morning, followed by the College of Education and Health Sciences on Sunday at 6 p.m., and the College of Pharmacy at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2015. All ceremonies will be held at the Masonic Auditorium.

A total of 431 degree candidates will be celebrating the 2015 commencement, which includes 136 students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine (Doctoral Degree); 101 from the College of Pharmacy (Doctoral Degree); 42 from the Physicians Assistant Program (Master’s Degree); 95 from the Master of Public Health; 15 from the Master of Science in Medical Health Sciences; 15 from the Master of Science in Medical Health Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences; and 27 from the Graduate School of Education (Master’s Degree).

“We are celebrating the milestones reached by our students this weekend, which is immeasurable and exemplary,” said Shelley Berkley, Senior Provost and CEO of Touro University Western Division. “What they take away from Touro University California is more than a diploma; it is an education in the Touro tradition and a commitment to serving, leading and teaching in their communities to advance the common good.”

Touro University California has the vision of educating caring professionals to serve, to lead and to teach. The mission of the university is to provide quality educational programs in the fields of health care and education in concert with the Judaic commitment to social justice intellectual pursuit and service to humanity.

For more information, contact Andrea Garcia at 707.638.5272 or by email at

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