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July 7, 2023

Meritus welcomes associate dean of preclinical education for proposed medical school

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Meritus Health welcomes Dr. Samuel Kadavakollu as Associate Dean of Pre-clinical Education and Professor for the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Kadavakollu brings a wealth of experience and expertise in biomedical education, academic administration and leadership making him an invaluable addition to the proposed medical school.

“With a passion for teaching osteopathic medical students, curriculum design and delivery, academic affairs, community outreach and enrichment, Dr. Kadavakollu has made significant contributions to the field of osteopathic medical education throughout his career. We are thrilled to welcome him to our team,” said Dr. Paula Gregory, Dean, proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine.

As a founding team member, he played a vital role in the successful establishment of two start-up osteopathic medical schools: California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine (CHSU COM) and Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM).

“Dr. Kadavakollu’s expertise and leadership will play a crucial role in shaping the future of medical education at our institution and advancing healthcare in the region,” Gregory said.

Educated at New Mexico State University Dr. Kadavakollu holds a Ph.D. in Medicinal Chemistry, a master's degree in Organic Chemistry and an undergraduate degree with a triple major in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry from Andhra University, India.

“I am excited to join the proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine and contribute to the fulfillment of the mission and vision to enhance the physician population in Washington County,” Dr. Kadavakollu said.

The proposed Meritus School of Osteopathic Medicine is expected to welcome its first class of students in the fall of 2025.  Construction on the 200,000 square foot academic building on the campus of Meritus Medical Center got underway in March.

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