A.T. Still University Board of Trustees Elects Thurman ’00 Trustee

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A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) Board of Trustees appointed officers and elected new members at its quarterly meeting. 

Newly elected trustees are John R. Thurman Jr., DO, ’00, of Burlington, Iowa, and Michael Torgan, MBA, NHA, of Los Angeles, California.

An accomplished seven-year, active-duty U.S. Army officer with combat experience and double board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Thurman earned his bachelor of science degree in systems engineering from the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point and his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, Missouri. He completed a family medicine residency at MacNeal Hospital, Berwyn, Illinois, and was nominated chief resident in 2014. Currently, Dr. Thurman is a physician for Southeast Iowa Regional Medical Center, Fort Madison campus, in Fort Madison, Iowa. Prior to this role, he worked at Great River Health in Burlington, Iowa, and at the University of Chicago Medicine in Chicago. He has experience in healthcare performance improvement, information technology, operational planning, osteopathic manipulative medicine, and sports medicine. In addition, he has served as medical director for hospice, rehabilitative services, and nursing homes. He recently joined the USMA class of 2027 for the 14-mile Graduate March Back to West Point. Among his many honors, Dr. Thurman was nominated for physician excellence at Great River Health for going above and beyond in patient care. He is currently a nominee for Iowa Family Medicine Physician of the Year. 

“We are honored Dr. Thurman and Mr. Torgan have agreed to join our outstanding Board of Trustees and welcome their insights, knowledge, and experiences,” said ATSU President Craig M. Phelps, DO, ’84. “Their willingness to serve and guide ATSU will strengthen the University’s contributions to health professions education.”

“The ATSU board continues to grow with exceptional individuals who will aid in furthering the University’s mission of educating future healthcare clinicians and leaders,” said Chair Herb B. Kuhn. “Our new trustees bring a range of new, diverse insights and experiences. We are excited to work with them.”

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