David L. Coffman, DO, FACOS-DIPL

Interim Associate Dean of Clinical Education, College of Osteopathic MedicineAssociate Professor, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Areas of Expertise

Clinical Education, Medical Education, General Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Surgical Critical Care Medicine


Dr. Coffman is a board-certified general surgeon with more than 25 years of experience in clinical practice and teaching. As a general surgeon trained at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine-Mercy Hospital, he then completed fellowships in both Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care Medicine at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. His involvement nationally includes organizations including AOA, ACOS and its In-Depth Review Committee, Trauma Panel Moderator, and with the AOBS as an Oral Surgical Board Examiner. Throughout his career he has been involved in numerous leadership roles at both local and state levels. He served as Surgeon Director for the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists and is a Fellow of the Advanced Executive Physician Leadership Program, Heller School of Social Policy, Brandeis University, Boston. He is currently an Associate Professor at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-California, dedicating much time as both clinical educator and preceptor to medical students and residents. He has served in other Academic, Clinical, and Senior Leadership Roles, including: Chief of Surgery, Chief of Staff, Surgeon Director, Physician Lead, Vice President of Medical Staff, Secretary of Medical Staff; Associate Dean of Clinical Education; Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery; Trauma Operations Committee Chair, Trauma Operations Committee Chair, Trauma Peer Review Committee, Trauma Outreach Educational Program Advisor and Instructor, Medical Executive Committee Officer and Co-Chair, Peer Review Committee, Joint Conference Committee Officer, Credentialing Committees Officer, Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee Officer, Clinical Services Committee Officer, Academic Admissions Committee, Surgical Residency Education Committee Faculty, Medical Student Proctor and Advisor, Residency Mentorship Advisor, Expert Traumatology Witness, and Patient Satisfaction Committee Officer.


  • Fellowships: Trauma Surgery-Yale School of Medicine; Surgical Critical Care-Yale School of Medicine
  • General Sugery Residency: Des Moines General Hospital and Mercy Medical Center
  • Internship: Des Moines General Hospital
  • Medical School: Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Undergraduate: Wartburg College

Honors and Awards

  • Associate Professor, Primary Care Department, TUCOM-CA;
  • Teacher of the Year Award, D.O. Class of 2022, TUCOM-CA
  • Teacher of the Year Award, D.O. Class of 2019, TUCOM-CA
  • Director of Ultrasound Imaging Lab, TUCOM-CA;
  • Top 10% of Surgeon-Physicians Nationwide, Crimson Data Report
  • National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, Diplomate
  • International, National and Statewide Lecturer for General and Trauma Surgical topics and Medical Education Pedagogy
  • Fellowship in Advanced Executive Physician Leadership, Heller School of Social Policy, Brandeis University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3rd Satellite Symposium on Complex Systems in Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece, invited speaker, “The Humanmolecule: Teaching Dynamical Disease with a Bridging Metatheory Between Medical Education Pedagogy and Chaos Theory”

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • American Osteopathic Board of Surgery (AOBS), Oral Boards Examiner
  • American College of Osteopathic Surgeons-diplomate (ACOS)
  • American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, In-Depth Review Committee (IDR) Member, Lecturer and Trauma Panel Moderator
  • National Board for the Certification & Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA), two-term Surgeon Director
  • Fellowship in Advanced Executive Physician Leadership, Heller School of Social Policy, Brandeis University, Boston, Massachusetts

Teaching Responsibilities

CVRR, GERD, OD, Surgical Anatomy