COM Alumni Association Board of Directors
Ryan Smith, D.O. '10, President
Dr. Smith is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2010.
He is presently a professor in the department of psychiatry at UNECOM, and also is an attending psychiatrist and Director/Chief of Psychiatric Medicine at Calais Regional Hospital at Eastport Health Care. He completed his fourth-year of residency training (PGY-4) in child psychiatry at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME, after having completed residency (PGY-2,3) in general psychiatry at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH, which was undertaken after having completed his interim year (PGY-1) in general psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.
He is presently very active in the osteopathic profession, serving on UNE COM's Alumni Association Board of Trustees as President.
Dr Smith is also an Item Writer and National Faculty for NBOME's COMLEX Levels 1 & 2, as well as COMAT examinations, and the new Clinical Decision Making endeavors for Level 3.
He's also completed his Master's degree in Medical Education at UNE COM. In addition to his teaching at UNE COM, he is presently a Clinical Associate in Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. In addition, he is a physician-in-charge at the State Psychiatric Hospital in Concord, NH. He currently lives in Portland and can be contacted at RSmith8@une.edu.
Christina M. Bordeau, D.O. '09, Vice President
Dr. Bordeau is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2009.
She is presently a Clinical and Academic Fellow in the department of Endocrinology at Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY, and an Internal Medicine Board-Eligible physician. She completed her Internal Medicine Internship at Mercy/St. Vincent Medical Center, Toledo, OH and Internal Medicine Residency at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown, NY.
Presently, she is active in the osteopathic profession, serving on UNE COM's Alumni Association Board of Trustees as Vice President.
Dr. Bordeau is a clinical and academic instructor in both Endocrinology and Internal Medicine through the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine's training programs at Arnot Odgen Medical Center and Samaritan Medical Center.
In addition, she is a COMLEX Level 1, 2 and 3 board preparatory instructor, and in that leadership role facilitates board review sessions for the first, second and third-year medical students at Arnot Ogden Medical Center.
She is also an active member of the American College of Osteopathic Internists, American Osteopathic Association, and is a Fellow of the American College Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the Diabetes, Metabolism and Osteoporosis Committee. She serves on the Ethics Committee at Arnot Ogden Medical Center from 2014-2015. She served as the Eastern Conference Hockey League Elmira Jackals team physician.
Dr. Bordeau is currently conducting a research trial within the departments of Endocrinology and Interventional Cardiology as the Principal Investigator in ascertaining biochemical relationships between Thyroid Function and Coronary Artery Disease. She currently lives in Elmira, NY and can be contact at email@example.com.
John Chang, D.O. '84, Treasurer
Dr. Chang is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 1984.
He is presently practicing at Lawrence General Emergency Medicine.
Previously he served as the Medical Director of several healthcare facilities.
After completing his residency and board certification, he received his fellowships in urgent care and emergency medicine. He is active in organized medicine and sits on multiple boards locally, regionally and nationally.
Prior to entering medicine, he was a college professor and Dean of Students, did extensive research work in the field of electrophysiology and obtained a graduate degree in Pharmacology.
His interests are not limited to science. Dr Chang enjoys yard work and spending time in his shop.
Socially he enjoys ballroom dancing and football. Above all, he is committed to human service, helping those in need.
Suzanne Berlin, D.O. '84, Parliamentarian/Secretary
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Berlin is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 1984.
In her position as a full-time academic clinician, Dr. Berlin’s primary focus is to provide exemplary patient care and to serve as a clinical educator. One of Dana-Farber’s core values is Discovery, and the Institute’s dedication to research investigation plays a vital role in the care of their patients. In support of that mission, Dr. Berlin is currently involved in several clinical trials, that are, or will be available in published abstracts and papers, and will contribute to creating new treatments, and more options, for patients diagnosed with gynecological malignancies.
After receiving her DO from the University Of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine, she completed an internship at Saddlebrook General Hospital in New Jersey. She went on to complete her residency at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital and did a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Boston Medical Center.
Dr. Berlin has recently completed her Master’s in Healthcare Ethics at Creighton University and is actively involved in both the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Ethics committee at DFCI. She also has an interest in community medicine for the underserved in Boston and is involved with a local health center assisting with patient care.
William Bograkos, D.O. '85
Dr. Bograkos is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 1985.
Dr. Bograkos received his Disaster and CBRNE training during his 28 years of military service. He has served both the Army and the U.S. Air Force as a military Flight Surgeon, Family Practice and Emergency Medicine physician. Dr. Bograkos served with a Special Operations WMD Detachment prior to and during the Millennium. He served in the Balkans as a Division Surgeon, NATO Multi-national Peacekeeper from September 2001 to April 2002. He chaired the U.S. Special Operations Command's (SOF EMT-P) Curriculum Examination Board for the Advanced Tactical Practitioner from 2004 to 2006. He served in the Pentagon's Civil Military Emergency Preparedness office as a Bioterrorism/ Medical Consultant for the Black Sea Initiative and briefed at the First Interpol Global Conference on Preventing Bioterrorism in Lyon, France (2005).
He has lectured on CBRNE terrorism and Disaster Preparedness in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Peacekeeping), in Estonia (State Partnership Program), in the Netherlands (Dutch Urban Warfare Seminar). He has given presentations to the Special Operations Medical Association, and for various law enforcement agencies. He has been an Instructor with the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training since 2002 and served as the Chief Medical Officer & Chemical- Biological Expert Consultant to the Director of Operations, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security (2003-2004). He has served on the Civil Law Enforcement Military Cooperation Committee of the International Association for Chiefs of Police, facilitating the WMD for the Law Enforcement Executive course through Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice and the FEMA Healthcare Leadership Training program at the Noble DHS Training Site in Anniston, Alabama.
In September 2005, he returned to active duty service and focused on the "Homecoming" of our returning Soldiers. His efforts were directed towards bridging trauma care with physical and psychological recovery. He served as the Chief Warrior Transition Division, Clinical Operations, for the North Atlantic Region Medical Command (2006- 2009).
In 2006, he was awarded the "Dr. Robert Aranosian Award for Excellence in EMS." He served on the ACOEP Board of Directors (2006-2009), and the Board of Directors and as chair for the International EMS committee for the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (2009-2011). He has been a member of the World Association for Disaster & Emergency Medicine since 1994 and served on its Board of Directors (2007-2011). Dr. Bograkos was appointed to the American Osteopathic Association Bureau on Scientific Affairs & Public Health in 2008 (two terms - 2008-2013).
Dr. Bograkos is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians' EMS Committee, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians' Public Health Committee, and the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine Board of Trustees. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Brain Injury Association.
Colonel Bograkos graduated from the U.S. Naval War College "with distinction" in 2009, and received his MA in National Security & Strategic Studies (AOS Irregular Warfare / narco-terrorism) "with distinction" in 2011. He is a Clinical Professor of Medical Military Science, Family Practice, and Emergency Medicine at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.
John Campbell, D.O. '92
Dr. Campbell is a graduate of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 1992.
Dr. John Campbell spent 28 years in the US Army serving his country in many ways. Initially he was Airborne Infantry and a Helicopter Pilot before going to UNECOM on a military scholarship. After graduation he continued in the Army and did his residency training in Aerospace Medicine and Occupational/Environmental Medicine as well as obtained his Master of Public Health degree. In the Army he served as a Master Flight Surgeon serving different units as a Battalion Flight Surgeon (to include a combat tour to Iraq), the Dean of US Army School of Aviation Medicine and the Command Surgeon for the US Army Combat readiness/Safety Center. Upon retirement from the Army, Dr. Campbell continued serving the Army as the Medical advisor and primary physician for the Army’s elite training course Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape (SERE). During this time he was also able to teach OMT to students from the AT Still SOMA campus, in Troy, AL. Dr. Campbell is an Assistant professor of SOMA and Adjunct faculty member of the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM). Dr. Campbell is currently living in Enterprise, one of those Dam-Yankees that came south!! Go Red Sox and Patriots!! He is happily married to his high school sweet heart Tish and they have 4 children and a new granddaughter! Dr. Campbell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Johnson, D.O. '13
Dr. Johnson is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2013.
Eric Matthews, D.O. '07
Dr. Matthews is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2007.
He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts. He practices at Tri River Family Health Center in Uxbridge, MA and serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts where he teaches students in all classes as well as the Internal Medicine residents. He received an AOA Clinical Faculty Award in 2015. Eric is the director of free clinic staffed by UMass faculty and students. He also serves as the Subacute Rehab Director at Beaumont Skilled Nursing Home and Rehabilitation in Northbridge, MA. When out of the office, Eric continues to play ice hockey weekly, and enjoys outdoor activities including golf, skiing, gardening, and hiking.
David Neckritz, D.O. '95
Dr. Neckritz is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2010.
He is presently the Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. He completed his rotating internship at Maimonides Medical Center and then completed his Emergency Medicine residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, NY. He is very active in osteopathic education, received approval for an Emergency Medicine residency program that began July 2015. He has also completed his Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) with an emphasis on healthcare, at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He presently teaches medical students from 3 different medical schools and 5 different Physician Assistant programs. He currently lives in New Jersey and can be reached at email@example.com.
Matthew Pomykala, D.O. '09
Dr. Pomykala is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2009.
He is presently a Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Fellow at Associates in Ophthalmology, Pittsburg, PA. He completed his residency training in Ophthalmology as Chief Resident from St. John's Episcopal Hospital in New York. During his residency he served as the Resident Representative to the Board of Directors for the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society. Dr. Pomykala has shown his commitment to education by lecturing on Ophthalmology at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and TUORO COM, as well as writing board review questions for COMBANK. He is currently involved in multiple Phase II and III clinical trials for Diabetic Macular Edema and Age Related Macular Degeneration. He will be returning to Upstate New York with his wife Elizabeth Williams (UNECOM class of 2009) to practice in 2016. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
William "Cuatro" Holland, D.O. '06
Dr. Holland is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2006.
He subsequently completed his Internal Medicine residency, where he was the Chief Resident. After competing residency, he moved to Amarillo, Texas, and is currently working as a Hospitalist. Dr Holland serves as a Texas Medical Association Ambassador, was selected to the Texas Medical Association's Leadership College, and is currently the Vice-Chair of Medicine at Baptist-St Anthony's Hospital. In his spare time, Dr Holland enjoys fly fishing, coastal fishing, hunting and Texas Tech Athletics.
Michael Vest, D.O. '01
Dr. Vest is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2001.
He is presently a pulmonary and critical care physician and medical director for Flex monitoring, and a Value Institute Scholar at Christiana Care Healthcare System. Dr. Vest is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Prior to coming to Christiana, he was an Instructor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care attending at the Yale-New Haven Hospital and Connecticut Veterans Administration Healthcare System. He completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Yale. His research seeks to better understand how we provide care to critically ill patients and those with lung disease and how this care can be optimized by overcoming barriers to practicing evidence based medicine. He has 6 peer reviewed publications, including studies of use of new diagnostic and treatment modalities for lung cancer using the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER)- Medicare linked database in Chest and the Journal of Thorax Oncology and an analysis of quality of life outcomes in older survivors of critical illness.
Dr. Vest recently received an ACCEL-CTR pilot grant to conduct a study of nutrition in obese critically ill patients. In addition to this research and clinical work, he is the chair of the code blue committee and engaged in performance improvement activities for patients with cardiac arrest and simulation education to improve the performance of code terms. He enjoys teaching residents and medical students both during their pulmonary and ICU rotations as well as in his formal lectures.
Mark S. Umphrey II, D.O. ' 11
Dr. Umphrey is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2011.
Dr. Umphrey completed his Master's degree in Public Health (MPH) from UNE COM, class of 2012. He graduated from the College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, class of 2005, with an A.B. in mathematics, physics, and pre-medicine.
He is presently an attending physician, who is board certified in family practice and osteopathic manipulative medicine, at Norton Medical Center, in Norton, MA, and at Sturdy Memorial Hospital, in Attleboro, MA, where he sees patients of all ages in an outpatient, primary-care setting. He completed his third-year of residency training (OGME-3) as the chief resident in family practice at St. John's Episcopal Hospital South Shore in Far Rockaway, Queens, NY, after having completed his second-year of residency training (OGME-2) in family practice there, and a traditional rotating internship (TRI, OGME-1) at the same institution.
He is presently very active in the osteopathic profession, serving on UNE COM's Alumni Association Board of Trustees as a board member and as a member of their continuing medical education (CME) committee. He is also a member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the American Medical Association (AMA), the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), the Massachusetts Osteopathic Society (MOS), the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS), and Sigma Sigma Phi (SSP).
Originally from Lowell, MA, he currently resides in Norfolk County, in Massachusetts, with his wife and son, and enjoys trips to Boston and to "the Cape." Dr. Umphrey can be contacted through the board.
Megan Emmich, '17
Student Doctor Emmich is a fourth year medical student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.
She currently serves on UNE COM's Alumni Association Board of Trustees as Class of 2017 Alumni Representative. She also serves as the National Region 1 trustee within the National Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA). She received her Bachelor of Arts from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. She majored in Biology, minored in French and had a Pre-Medical Studies concentration. She is originally from New Jersey and returned to New Jersey to complete her third year clinical rotations at St. Michael's Hospital in Newark.
Scott Morin, '18
Student Doctor Morin is a third year medical student at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine.
He received his Bachelors of Science from the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham, NH. He majored in Biology and minored in French. He spend two years after graduating as a technician in a genomics sequencing core facility at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. While in Cambridge, Scott published his neuroendocrine research on the black sea bass in the journal of Fish Physiology and Biochemistry. Scott is currently a second-year medical student at UNE COM where he holds the role as the Alumni Representative for the Class of 2018. Scott is also involved in the UNE COM Student Government Association, is the chair of the Curriculum Advisory Committee for the Class of 2018, and is the Director of Community Outreach for the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Club at UNE COM.
This past summer Scott enjoyed getting back on his road bike and also participating in the Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program at Harvard's Training Campus.
Sara Capobianco, '19
Student Doctor Capobianco is a second year medical student at the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine.
She graduated from the University of New England (UNE) in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Biology. In her undergraduate years , she was heavily involved with the St. Francis/UNE Alumni Council, Undergraduate Student Government , Alpha Chi Honor Society, International Medical Missions at UNE Club, and a Leader Scholar. Sara was awarded the Barbara J Hazard Community Builder Award in 2014 for her leadership role on and off campus. Sara is currently involved with the Student Government Association, Global Health Club, Geriatrics Club, and Family Medicine Club.
For more information contact:
Patricia A. Kelley, M.S.
Associate Dean of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Services