Touro dean receives lifetime achievement award

A dean with Touro University California has been awarded a lifetime achievement award for his work in the medical community, the university announced this week.

Michael Clearfield picked up the honor from the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California earlier this month.

“I am humbled and honored by this recognition, Clearfield said, in a university press release. “An award such as this is all the more meaningful coming from my peers at the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California.” 

Clearfield has served as dean of Touro’s College of Osteopathic Medicine since 2006.

Under his direction, “the medical school has recruited an outstanding faculty, received national recognition for producing one of the highest percentages of primary care physicians in the county, supported the development of one of the profession’s largest Global Health programs, and established pre-doctoral fellowships in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Academic Primary Care.”

Clearfield also picked up praise from Marilyn Hopkins, provost and chief operating officer of Touro University California. 

“One of the many wonderful things about our campus is the extraordinary faculty and staff that we are privileged to work amongst,” she said in a statement from the university. “The entire campus is very proud of this prestigious award that Dr. Clearfield has received as he is integral to the success of our graduating future healthcare providers and physicians. His career accomplishments and contributions to our institution deserve to be recognized in a very big way.”