John Pham

John T. Pham, DO, FACOFP

Dean and Chief Academic Officer Dean’s Office

Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. John T. Pham has steadfastly advanced the field of osteopathic medicine. As a family physician, enriching the discipline's body of knowledge and fostering the education of both students and practicing physicians. His leadership extends beyond academia; he actively participates in various professional organizations, advocating for policies and practices that benefit patients and healthcare providers alike. Dr. Pham's dedication to lifelong learning and his innovative approach to medical education continue to inspire those around him.

Dr. Pham currently serves as the Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine. Previously, he was the Vice Dean of Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest in Lebanon, Oregon. An Associate Professor of Family Medicine, he is passionate about teaching and inspiring the next generation of osteopathic physicians.

Dr. Pham's story began when he emigrated from Vietnam to Portland, Oregon, with his parents and younger brother in 1975. As the eldest of three sons and the first in his family to attend medical school, he attended Oregon State University, majoring in Biology and minoring in Chemistry. After graduating, he left Oregon for the first time to attend medical school at Des Moines University in Iowa. He completed his residency in family medicine at Eastmoreland Hospital.

Driven by ambition and a desire to give back to his community, Dr. Pham opened a solo medical practice clinic in Portland. Fluent in Vietnamese, he served many first- and second-generation Vietnamese patients during his years in private practice. During this time, he also mentored countless medical and pre-med students who are now practicing physicians and mentors to their own students.

Recognized for his mentoring at both local and national levels, Dr. Pham was named D.O. of the Year by the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon state association in 2010 and Mentor of the Year by the American Osteopathic Association in 2007. His passion for teaching led him to Western University COMP-Northwest, where he began educating as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine for the inaugural class in 2011.

When the opportunity arose to further contribute to his community and train the next generation of compassionate and competent osteopathic physicians, Dr. Pham did not hesitate. He brings his enduring passion for education and mentoring to the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine as the first Vietnamese American Dean. His role as Dean and Chief Academic Officer allows him to influence the curriculum and foster an environment where future osteopathic physicians can thrive. Under his leadership, the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine has seen innovative changes to its curriculum. Dr. Pham's leadership is characterized by his unwavering commitment to student success and his dedication to integrating a holistic approach to medicine into the educational framework.


  • Chief Resident, Family Medicine Residency, Eastmoreland Hospital, Portland, Oregon, 2002-2003
  • Family Medicine Residency, Eastmoreland Hospital, Portland, Oregon, 2000-2003
  • Internship, Eastmoreland Hospital, Portland, Oregon, 2000-2001
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA, 2000
  • Bachelor of Science, minor in chemistry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, 1994