• Lundberg Appointed as OCOM President and CEO

    Philip H. Lundberg Steps Up As OCOM’s New President and Chief Executive Officer

    The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Philip H. Lundberg, PhD, MHSA as OCOM’s sixth President and Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds President Sherri L. Green in the position. Reflecting on his new role, Dr. Lundberg feels “honored to be selected to lead this amazing organization. OCOM has a reputation for the quality of its programs, its community service orientation, national engagement, and leadership. I look forward to helping continue and strengthening these characteristics.”

    Board Chair Karen Williams expressed excitement about the appointment of Lundberg as OCOM President: “When Dr. Green decided not to continue as President of OCOM, the Board was thrilled to have someone as capable as Dr. Lundberg already in the organization, prepared and eminently qualified to assume that role. For the last four years, Dr. Lundberg has worked closely with Dr. Green on all of the major issues faced by the college. Having led us through the strategic planning process, Dr. Lundberg is uniquely qualified to assume the presidency. We are thrilled to have such a seamless transition of leadership.”

    Dr. Lundberg earned a PhD in Organizational Systems from Saybrook University and a Master of Health Services Administration from Arizona State University. His doctoral program focused on culture, motivation, and high performance teams.He has built an impressive and diverse 35-year career spanning leadership roles in hospitals, consulting, training, planning, and higher education both in the United States and internationally.

    Speaking of what made Dr. Lundberg an attractive candidate to be OCOM’s next president, Williams noted, “He has a proven record of leading organizations, particularly during times of uncertainty or change. He combines an ability to help clarify a unifying vision for the future with the operational skills to make that vision a reality.”


  • OCOM’s 4th Annual Cherry Blossom Gala Raises Over $102,000 for the College’s Annual Fund

    On April 16, more than 170 supporters filled Oregon College of Oriental Medicine’s KPC Community Room for the college’s annual Cherry Blossom Gala. The event raised $102,237 to promote OCOM’s top-ranked academic programs and to expand access to integrative health care.

    As the evening began, the community came together to honor the longstanding service of Peter Martin, MAcOM, LAc, LMT, who recently concluded a 22-year term on OCOM’s Board of Trustees. Martin led OCOM as its fourth Board Chair during a period of remarkable growth and change; while remaining one of the college’s most active alumni; owning a successful practice, Balance Medicine; and volunteering for many local, state, and national acupuncture groups and causes. Board President, Karen Williams, JD, presented Martin with a proclamation commemorating his service.

    Delivering an inspirational appeal, OCOM’s Interim President, Deborah Howe, PhD, FAICP, highlighted the college’s accomplishments as a leader in the field of Chinese medicine, such as being the first school to produce clinical doctoral graduates in AOM (acupuncture and Oriental medicine), and the first complementary and alternative medicine school to receive a National Institutes of Health grant. President Howe also spoke passionately about the field of Chinese medicine, the commitment and drive that brings students to prepare for practice in the field of acupuncture, the transformative patient outcomes she has witnessed, and the important work OCOM’s graduates are doing throughout the U.S. and the world.

    The highlight of the night was a surprise announcement from trustee Brad Malsin, who stood to pledge a generous gift of $30,000 to be made to OCOM’s Annual Fund. Malsin has served on OCOM’s Board of Trustees since 2013 and his leadership has been instrumental to the success of the school, particularly the college’s relocation to its current campus in Old Town Chinatown. He and his wife, Liz Malsin, enthusiastically expressed their ongoing commitment to OCOM’s students.

    In attendance were OCOM’s esteemed founders, Satya Ambrose, ND, LAc and Eric Stevens, DAOM, LAc, along with several of the college’s renowned faculty leaders, staff, alumni, students, and community supporters. The evening’s program was led by Chief Development Officer, Dave Eshbaugh, and auctioneer, Heidi Hill, who encouraged unpredicted levels of giving.

    OCOM’s trustees, Lea Anne Doolittle, MBA; Charles Elder, MD, MPH, FACP; Michell Hay; Gene Hong, MD; Terry Hunt, PhD; Brad Malsin, MD; Juliet Moran; Karen Williams, JD; and Leah Yamaguchi, LAC, celebrate the success of the gala and thank all who contributed.

    Thank you to all our generous sponsors!






    Table Hosts
    Brad Malsin
    OCOM Alumni Association
    Oregon Reproductive Medicine
    Leah Yamaguchi
    Michell Hay
    Charles and Leslie Elder
    Karen Williams
    Peter Martin
    Kip Howlett
    Jason Stein
    Shelley Stump
    Bill Hall
    Juliet Moran

    American Acupuncture Council
    Ankrom Moisan Architects, Inc.
    Beam Development
    Benefit Specialists, Inc.
    Bill Naito Company
    Hoffman, Stewart & Schmidt, PC
    LCG Pence
    Miller, Nash, Graham, & Dunn LLP

    OCOM Board of Trustees
    Karen Williams, JD, Board Chair
    Peter Martin, MAcOM, LAc, LMT, Secretary
    Michell Hay, Treasurer
    Lea Anne Doolittle, MBA
    Charles Elder, MD, MPH, FACP
    Gene Hong, MD, DABMA
    Terry Hunt, PhD
    Brad Malsin, MD
    Juliet Moran, BA
    Leah Yamaguchi, LAc
    Hong Jin, DAOM, LAc, Faculty Advisory Trustee
    Travis Kern, Student Advisory Trustee

  • A New Life for the Old Campus

    On March 20, OCOM’s former campus and clinic buildings were sold to Adult Learning Systems of Oregon (ALSO), which supports adults with developmental and intellectual challenges by providing vocational and residential services. To sustain their growth across the greater Portland area, OCOM’s property provides a more centrally located base of operations.

    “It is truly a gift to know our former home is occupied by providers working to care for those with developmental challenges,” said OCOM President Michael Gaeta. “The college wishes Adult Learning Systems of Oregon nothing but the greatest of successes as they get settled in their new home and continue to administer their healing work.” 

    The outer southeast Portland location was expanded in 1999 to include the addition of a clinic facility and doctoral classrooms with the assistance of a $100,000 grant from Meyer Memorial Trust. Construction of the two-story building and parking lot were completed in 2000 with broad community and political support. As enrollment continued to grow in both the master’s and doctoral programs, with growth within the staff and students services team as well, additional space was leased, including a second location for clinic facilities in the Hollywood district.

    Under the leadership of President Michael J. Gaeta, EdD, who joined the college in 2005 , the college adopted its first six-year strategic and operational plan. OCOM’s relocation to Old Town Chinatown was a signature outcome of that planning process. The “Cherry Blossom” property sale improves OCOM’s balance sheet and marks the completion of a significant period of change and growth for the institution, setting the foundation for operations under the new 2015 six-year strategic plan.

    OCOM’s current campus and clinic facility features upgrades in sustainability, including LEED Gold certification and enhanced access to public transportation. Located at 75 NW Couch Street in the historic Old Town Chinatown district of downtown Portland, the ground floor includes herbal medinary and bookstore with natural products and acupuncture supplies for practitioners. Public wellness offerings such as the Lan Su Chinese Garden lecture series and qigong classes can be found at the college’s website: