WICHITA, Kansas – J. Michael Finley, DO, has been hired as the senior associate dean of the Kansas Health Science Center (KHSC).
Dr. Finley specializes in rheumatology and internal medicine and has been involved in medical education for 31 years, most recently as an independent consultant in medical and graduate medical education. Over the years, he has held a variety of hospital appointments in California along with academic positions at the University of California – Riverside School of Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, UCLA Harbor Medical Center and the University of California – Riverside/Los Angeles Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Sciences.
“Ever since I started in my practice and training, I’ve been a medical educator as well as a clinician,” Dr. Finely says. “I’ve never done one without the other. It’s something my professional path led me to, and I feel very strongly about it. Ultimately, all of us are going to be patients one day and it’s important that those people who are caring for us and those we care about are skilled and well prepared.”
Starting up an osteopathic school of medicine isn’t new to Dr. Finley either. He was the associate dean for graduate medical education and chair of the department of medicine at Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU), College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California and held various academic positions there for nearly two decades. During his tenure at WesternU, Dr. Finley assisted with the development of an additional campus location in Lebanon, Oregon to serve the rural, underserved in that state.
“Similar to KHSC and the proposed Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (applicant status – seeking accreditation), Western University in southern California started as a standalone osteopathic school in an old department store,” he says. “I’m looking forward to this position with Kansas Health Science Center as it’s an opportunity to start with a blank slate and be part of a project from the ground up. We’re creating something from scratch, with a lot of leadership and input from the community that’s very excited about it,” Dr. Finley says.
A licensed osteopathic physician and surgeon, Dr. Finley graduated as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work as an educator and a physician. He’s also collaborated with KHSC Dean and Chief Academic Officer Joel Dickerman, DO, for more than 15 years. In this new role, Dr. Finley will work closely with Dr. Dickerman to support all engagement activities in advancing KHSC in addition to securing clinical rotations, policy development, and the academic curriculum.
“I look forward to Dr. Finley joining our team—his experience in osteopathic medical education at the graduate and professional levels will be greatly appreciated, as will his leadership and vast experience with the national osteopathic community,” Dr. Dickerman says.
Kansas Health Science Center is a nonprofit organization based in Wichita, Kansas, with the goal of opening the proposed Kansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (applicant status-seeking accreditation). KHSC strives to positively impact the health care landscape in Kansas and beyond. Learn more at https://kansashsc.org.
KHSC is a partner institution of TCS Education System, a nonprofit system of colleges advancing student success and community impact.