Stephen Laird DO
As the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), Dr. Laird reports directly to the Dean of the COM and provides direct oversight of student welfare, professionalism and behavioral issues and career counseling/mentoring. Dr. Laird provides leadership through modeling of osteopathic professional identity characteristics and is a student advocate liaison to the Dean. He also provides COM students with a central place for career path pursuits and mentoring. In concert with the Dean and the COM faculty, the Associate Dean provides leadership and makes recommendations for students.
Dr. Laird is a 1978 graduate of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ft. Worth, Texas. He completed his rotating Internship at Ft. Worth Osteopathic Hospital and General Surgery residency at Grandview Hospital, Dayton Ohio. He was in private practice in Phoenix Arizona for approx.18 years. While in practice he served as Chief of Surgery, Vice Chief of Staff, and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association. Upon retiring from Surgery, he returned to the classroom and completed his Masters in Health Professions Education at Midwestern University. In 2001 he was recruited to serve as the Course Director for Surgery at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville Missouri. As course director he developed a Clinical Skills Lab for pre-rotation preparation of Osteopathic Medical students. He was appointed chair of the curriculum committee in 2002, and Director of Medical Education in 2003. He served as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at KCOM from 2004 until 2013 at which time he joined the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences as the Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs. Dr. Laird is a member of the NBOME national faculty and participates in COMAT (Surgery) development, and grading of the COMLEX-PE exam. His interests are in curriculum reform as well as assessment methodology. Dr. Laird was a 2001-2002 Osteopathic Heritage Health Policy Fellow.