John T. Pham, DO

Dean and Chief Academic Officer

Dr. John T. Pham is the Dean of the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine. He formerly served as Vice Dean of Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Northwest in Lebanon, Oregon. He is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and has a passion for teaching and inspiring the next generation of osteopathic physicians. 

Dr. Pham settled in Portland, Oregon with his parent and younger brother after emigrating from Vietnam in 1975. He is the eldest of three sons and the first in his family to attend medical school. His younger brothers practice in the fields of dentistry and chiropractic.

Dr. Pham attended Oregon State University, where he majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. After graduating from Oregon State University, he left the state for the first time since arriving in Oregon to attended medical school at Des Moines University in Iowa. Obviously, Des Moines was too cold for him, hence his return to Portland for his residency training. Dr. Pham completed his residency in family medicine at the Eastmoreland Hospital, where he was educated under the leadership of Dr. Paula Crone, current interim Provost of WesternU.

After graduating from residency, Dr. Pham was an ambitious and eager physician. His ambition and motivation to give back to his community was embedded in his fiber. He became an entrepreneur and opened a solo practice clinic in Portland, where he practiced for more than 9 years prior to joining WesternU in 2011. Being fluent in Vietnamese, Dr. Pham’s practice served a large number of first and second generation Vietnamese. Throughout his time in private practice, Dr. Pham mentored countless numbers of medical students and pre-med students at his clinic.

Dr. Pham has been recognized for mentoring both locally and nationally. These acknowledgements have earned him D.O. of the Year from the State Association in 2010 and Mentor of the Year from the AOA in 2007. His love of 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 for him to give back to the community and train future compassionate and competent physicians, he did not hesitate. 

He now brings his passion for education and mentoring to the University of the Incarnate Word as Dean.