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News Release

Date: 11/7/2006

ATSU-KCOM faculty recognized for outstanding achievement

KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – ATSU President James McGovern, Ph.D., recently announced the promotion of three faculty members at A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM).

George Carlson, Ph.D., was promoted from associate professor to professor of physiology. Dr. Carlson, who helped develop the neuroscience program at ATSU-KCOM, earned his Ph.D. in physiology from SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse. His current research involves investigating treatments for muscular dystrophy.

Rene McGovern, Ph.D., was promoted from associate professor to professor of neurobehavioral sciences. Dr. McGovern, currently a visiting professor at Case Western Reserve University, received her Ph.D. from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is project director for ElderLynk, a federally funded grant project designed to integrate mental healthcare for the elderly in primary care. Her current research focuses on the doctor-patient relationship and findings from the ElderLynk project.

Diana Rhodes, D.V.M., Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy at ATSU-KCOM, received tenure. Dr. Rhodes earned both of her doctoral degrees from Purdue University, and her current research focuses on the cell biology and immunology of the kidney. Rhodes teaches human gross anatomy at ATSU-KCOM.


A.T. Still University is the leading institution at the forefront of multidisciplinary healthcare education founded on the principles of whole person care. It boasts the nation’s newest – and Arizona’s first – dental school, the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health,and the world’s first osteopathic medical school, the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. The University also provides osteopathic medical education through its newest school, the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. In addition, it offers online health management training programs through its School of Health Management and trains healthcare professionals in several allied health fields through the Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona.