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West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine welcomes Gail Feinberg, DO, to the WVSOM family. Dr. Feinberg has accepted the position of Regional Assistant Dean of the South West Region for WVSOM's Statewide Campus Program.

She will be based out of the Huntington, WV/Ashland, Kentucky area where she will serve not only as a liaison between WVSOM and third and fourth-year medical students performing clinical rotations in that area, but will also work on developing curriculum, insuring quality clinical rotations, and securing additional clinical sites and rotations for students. She began her duties on June 15, 2009.

Dr. Feinberg still serves as Director of Medical Education as well as Director of the Family Practice Residency Program at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland on a part time basis. Previously, she served as Medical Director at Trinity Station extended care facility, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine for WVSOM, Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Marshall University School of Medicine and School of Nursing.

Feinberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology from UCLA in Los Angeles, California. Later, she earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific.

Dr. Feinberg is also continuing work on a Master's degree program in Medical Education through the University of Cincinnati. "The more education and coursework I completed, the more I found I was enjoying the academic side of medicine," Dr. Feinberg explained. "I think the Regional Assistant Dean position with WVSOM's Statewide Campus is a perfect fit for me."

Feinberg is a native of Los Angeles. She has been married for 26 years to Howard Feinberg, DO, who is Rheumatologist with a practice in Ashland. They have two grown children: Cheryl, a second-year law student at Vermont Law School; and Kimberly, who is a senior at the University of Louisville, where she is a member of the women's crew team. Dr. Feinberg resides in Russell, KY.

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Brian Richards, M.D., joined the WVSOM community in May 2009 as an Associate Professor of Geriatrics.

Dr. Richards is a graduate from the University of Virginia and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has also had added qualifications in Geriatrics. From 1982-2008 Dr. Richards maintained a private practice.

In addition to teaching at WVSOM, Dr. Richards will also see patients at the Robert C. Byrd Clinic and will serve as the Associate Director of the Family Practice Residency program Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.

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West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine welcomes Ralph Wood, DO, FACOFP, to the WVSOM family. Dr. Wood has accepted the position of Regional Assistant Dean of the Northern Region for WVSOM's Statewide Campus Program.

He will be based out of the Wheeling, WV area where he will serve not only as a liaison between WVSOM and third and fourth-year medical students performing clinical rotations in that area, but will also work on developing curriculum, insuring quality clinical rotations, and securing additional clinical sites and rotations for students. He began his duties on May 1, 2009.

For Dr. Wood, being associated with WVSOM is a family affair. "There are currently 18 osteopathic physicians in my extended family," revealed Dr. Wood. "Not only did I graduate from WVSOM, l have had three brothers, two cousins and a nephew all graduate from WVSOM as well."

Dr. Wood comes to WVSOM from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he served as Director of Medical Research and chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Nova Southeastern University. He also served as Medical Director for the various affiliated health clinics at Nova. He is also the former owner/ president of Wood Health Care Clinic and Wood Rehab and Fitness.

Dr. Wood earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry/ Biology from West Liberty University in West Liberty, WV. Later, he earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from WVSOM. He is board certified in Family Practice and Urgent Care Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

Wood is a native of Moundsville. He and his wife, Janeen, have three sons; Dr. Zack Wood, a second-year Family Medicine Resident at Broward General Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Ryan an entertainer, singer, dancer for Norwegian Cruise Line; and Chad, a senior at West Liberty who has plans to be a physician.
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Date:Sep 1, 2009
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