Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Appoints John Palmer, Ph.D. Director of Community Affairs

Date: August 06, 2012
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New York, N.Y. – Dr. Robert Goldberg, dean of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) in Harlem, today announced the appointment of Dr. John Palmer as Director of Community Affairs. Dr. Palmer brings to Touro more than 20 years of experience working in the health care field as a senior level executive for a variety of organizations serving Harlem and New York City at large.

“We are honored to welcome Dr. Palmer to TouroCOM,” said Dr. Goldberg. “Our mission of training minority doctors to serve the underserved and combating healthcare disparities requires community support of our efforts. Dr. Palmer’s vast knowledge of Harlem and demonstrated skill in collaborating with constituents will enhance our school and assist us in reaching our goals.”

In his new role, Dr. Palmer will be developing partnerships with key community stakeholders and promoting the achievements of faculty, staff and students as they help carry out the mission of TouroCOM. These include community service activities, such as providing health screenings in community clinics and educational outreach programs in public schools and research.

“In the five short years since TouroCOM’s launch, the school has become recognized for its substantial contributions to the health and well-being of the people of Harlem, and for its strength in training dedicated osteopathic physicians,” said Dr. Alan Kadish, president and CEO of Touro College. “I am extremely pleased that someone of Dr. Palmer’s stature is joining the Touro family, which is playing an integral role in changing the way that health care is taught and delivered in our communities.”

Prior to joining TouroCOM, Dr. Palmer served as executive director of Harlem Hospital Center and the Renaissance HealthCare Network, a diagnostic and treatment center with 19 sites located throughout the community. He also served as executive director of Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, deputy regional director of the New York City Regional office of the New York State Office of Mental Health, and assistant commissioner of the New York City Department of Mental Health.

“TouroCOM, like Harlem Hospital and the Renaissance Healthcare Network, is a vital asset in the fight to improve the health of the Harlem community,” Dr. Palmer said. “I am privileged to be a part of this effort.”

Dr. Palmer holds master’s degrees in clinical psychology and school psychology from Adelphi University, and a doctorate in clinical psychology from the university’s Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies. He is a licensed psychologist and has published columns and articles on health, wellness and psychiatry in magazines and peer-reviewed journals.

Since its founding in 2007, the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine has dedicated itself to encouraging minorities to enter medicine and to increasing the number of primary care physicians. The number of underrepresented minorities graduating TouroCOM is twice the average number for colleges of osteopathic medicine.