William T. Maddy, C-TAGME
Associate Director, OMNEE
William T. Maddy (Tom) is the OMNEE Associate Director. With more than 21 years of experience in graduate medical education, Mr. Maddy provides invaluable service as the departmental manager for OMNEE and its programs.
Mr. Maddy has worked as a Program Assistant, Program Coordinator, Program Administrator, and Unit Coordinator. He assists the Associate Dean and Executive Director in department administration and with the administrative management of residency programs.
Ward Stevens, FACHE
Executive Director, OMNEE
Ward Stevens currently serves as Executive Director of the Osteopathic Network of Excellence in Education. In this position, Mr. Stevens develops and supports osteopathic graduate medical education programs. In addition, Mr. Stevens provides instruction to OMNEE residency programs about health policy, the Affordable Care Act, and HIPPA regulations. Mr. Stevens is also an Instructor in the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Clinical Track in the Department of Preventive Medicine.
Mr. Stevens has been active in Virginia’s free clinics having served as a board member of the Virginia Association of Free Clinics, the Alleghany Highlands Free Clinic and the Free Clinic of the New River Valley. Mr. Stevens currently serves as the Chairman of the Council for Rural Virginia.
Mr. Stevens spent approximately 20 years in hospital administration including 10 years as a chief executive officer. Mr. Stevens is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a member of the American Osteopathic Association’s Health Policy Fellowship class of 2012. He earned his Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX.
Susan Sweet, MS
Director for Post-Graduate Outcomes and Accreditation
Susan Sweet is the Director for Post-Graduate Accreditation and Outcomes for the OMNEE at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) in Blacksburg, VA. Ms. Sweet’s prior postion was in VCOM’s Administration as the Director, Institutional Planning, Outcomes and Accreditation; she has been at VCOM since September 2006.
Prior to joining VCOM, Ms. Sweet was the Director, Division of Predoctoral Education at the American Osteopathic Association (Chicago, IL). She was at the AOA for ten years. Ms. Sweet began her accreditation career with the Joint Commission (Oakbrook Terrace, IL) where she served as an analysis specialist working in the post-survey process.
Ms. Sweet holds a Master of Science degree in public service management from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.
David A Plundo, DO, MPH, FACOFP
Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education, VCOM-Auburn Campus
After receiving his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Plundo earned his DO degree in 1985 from what is now Des Moines University. He completed a rotating internship and family medicine residency in Toledo, Ohio and began a family medicine practice in Greensburg. Pennsylvania where he grew up. Dr. Plundo returned to Des Moines, Iowa as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the Tower Medical Clinic on the campus of Des Moines University from 1988 – 1992. He then spent the next 12 years as the director of the family medicine residency program that he graduated from in Toledo, Ohio. From 2004 – 2006 Dr. Plundo served as the Vice-President of Medical Education at Garden City Hospital in Garden City, Michigan where he was responsible for the oversight of 13 residency programs along with the medical student rotations and education. In 2006 Dr. Plundo returned to Des Moines University as the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. In 2008 he transitioned to the Associate for Medical Education as he became responsible for the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program as well as development of the Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institute (OPTI) for Des Moines University. Along with his duties Dr. Plundo enrolled in the MPH program at Des Moines University receiving his MPH degree in 2011. Dr. Plundo then served as the Acting Dean at Des Moines University from July 2012 to August 2013 before returning to the Associate Dean role he held previously. In July 2015 Dr. Plundo became the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Auburn campus where he is employed today.
Paul K. Switzer, MD, DHA
Associate Dean for Post Graduate Affairs, VCOM-Carolinas Campus
Dr. Switzer is a South Carolina native who currently resides in Spartanburg, South Carolina with his wife and three children. He has undergraduate Bachelor’s degrees from both Wofford College and the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg. Dr. Switzer received his Doctor of Medicine degree from St. George’s School of Medicine and completed his internship, residency and fellowship at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. He is board certified in the specialty of Psychiatry, as well as the subspecialties of Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Switzer holds a second doctorate degree in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. He has worked in both academic and public sector leadership positions, giving him extensive experience in covering a wide range of clinical health care services. He is currently the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Affairs and Discipline Chair of Psychiatry at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolina’s Campus in Spartanburg and was formerly the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the same institution. Prior to this, he was the Chief of the Mental Health Care Service at the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn Veteran’s Administration Medical Center in Columbia, South Carolina. Before this he was with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health and the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Dr. Switzer is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has a number of academic publications and is actively involved in medical education and training. Dr. Switzer served in the United States Army Reserves as a medical officer and was honorably discharged at the rank of Major. He is a member of the American College of Psychiatry and is a distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Switzer has been an examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and served on the South Carolina Medical Disciplinary Commission. He also currently serves on the PIPE Editorial Board for the American College of Psychiatry and the Advisory Council for the South Carolina Alzheimer’s Resource Coordination Center.