Thomas A. Scandalis, DO, FAOASM, was appointed Dean of Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College, College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM), in March 2014, after having served as Interim Dean since September 2013. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Scandalis served as the immediate past dean of New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, having served in that capacity from 2006-12. Subsequent to that tenure as dean, he was the founding Chair of the Department of Sports Medicine, and the Executive Director of the NYIT Center for Sports Medicine and Performance Sciences.
Dr. Scandalis has spent the entirety of his career in academic medicine since his initial appointment to the faculty at New York College of Osteopathic in 1988. He has served as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and Medical Director of the Academic Health Care Center since that time. He is board certified in Family Practice, and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Sports Medicine. Dr. Scandalis was the 2013 recipient of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s Dale Dodson Award, given annually in recognition of significant contributions and support of osteopathic medical education.
Dr. Scandalis is a past board member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine (AOASM) and served as the organization’s President in 2004. He also serves as a peer reviewer and editor for the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine and peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) and The Physician and Sports Medicine, the most widely read clinical sports medical journal in the world. In 1998, he received the JAOA’s George Northrup Writing Award. He has conducted extensive research in manipulative treatment and joint and muscle disorders, as well as Parkinson’s disease.
From 1976 to 1980, Dr. Scandalis was a clinical specialist and combat medic in the US Army, and from 1994 to 1998, he was a team physician for the U.S. National Boxing Team. He is a member of the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct, American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, New York State Osteopathic Medical Society, and a charter member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine.
Dr. Scandalis, is a recent resident of Yakima, Washington, having earned a doctoral degree as an osteopathic physician from NYCOM of NYIT and a bachelor of arts in biological sciences from Adelphi University. He received his postdoctoral training at Massapequa General Hospital in Seaford, N.Y. He is a graduate of the Osteopathic Heritage Health Policy Fellowship Program and was named a fellow of the AOASM in 1997.