Board of Directors

President : David Tolentino, DO

Dr. David Tolentino serves as associate dean for clinical affairs at CUSOM.  A graduate of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, he received a Doctor of Osteopathy from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2002.  Dr. Tolentino completed his Internal Medicine residency at St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio where he served as Chief resident 2004-2005.

Dr. Tolentino is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine and was an Internal Medicine Attending Physician/Resident Service Attending at Westshore Primary Care Associates in Westlake, Ohio for eleven years.  He also served as Medical Director at The Belvedere of Westlake and Assisted Living and Rae-Ann Suburban Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation and Medical Advisor for Westlake Village Assisted Living/Independent Living all in Westlake, Ohio.

Dr. Tolentino serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council for the North Carolina chapter of the American College of Physicians, NC Chapter, Governor’s Advisory Council and on the Southern Regional AHEC Board of Trustees.  He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Internists, American College of Physicians, American College of Physician Executives, and was very involved in the American Philippine Physicians in Ohio.

President Elect :  Mike Murphy, DO, FACOFP, dist, FAODME

Dr. Murphy serves as a primary care physician at the W.G. (Bill) Hefner Veterans Medical Center, Salisbury, North Carolina.  Prior to that, he served as the director of medical education at the Bluefield (West Virginia) Regional Medical Center (BRMC).  Following a 30-year in the US Navy, he served as the Dean of the Des Moines (Iowa) University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He just recently completed serving his second term as an AOA Board Member.



Secretary Treasurer:  Andrew Freeman, DO

 Dr. Andrew M. Freeman is the Assistant Chief of The Campbell University sponsored Family Practice Residency at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton. He is a Cornell University Graduate who received his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 1986 and has been in practice for 29 years.



Membership Chairperson:Townes (Tucker) Leigh, DO

Dr. Townes “Tucker” Leigh, Jr.  currently serves as a core faculty member and Director of Osteopathic Recognition at Southeastern Health Family Medicine Residency Program in Lumberton, as well as Adjust Assistant Professor for Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine. He received his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010.

Dr. Leigh is Board Certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine and Board Certified in Family Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. He currently holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine through the American Osteopathic Sports Medicine Examination Committee. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, American Medical Society of Sports Medicine, American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Past President:  Tiffany Lowe Payne, DO

Dr. Tiffany Lowe-Payne is a board certified family physician with over 14 years of experience. She is currently practicing at City Center Medical Group in Raleigh, N.C., part of WakeMed Physician Practices.  She is also an assistant clinical professor at the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Buies Creek, N.C.

Dr. Lowe-Payne earned her medical degree and completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine (UMDNJ-SOM).  She  taught with the Department of Family Medicine at UMDNJ-SOM, and worked with Southern Jersey Family Medical Centers.   Additionally, Dr. Lowe-Payne has served as a clinical family practitioner at Duke Primary Care, a subsidiary of Duke University in North Carolina.  Dr. Lowe-Payne is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association.

Board of Trustees: James “Bryan” Cox, DO

 Dr. Bryan Cox is a family physician in private practice in Rutherford College NC where he recently opened Cox Family Medicine.  He is a graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and is the former President of NCOMA.



Board of Trustees: Slade Suchecki, DO

Dr. Suchecki is a board certified family physician in private practice at Brunswick Family Medicine, in Southport, NC. Serving as NCOMA’s past president, secretary/treasurer and membership chair, Dr. Suchecki has represented North Carolina at the AOA House of Delegates, and served on last year’s AOA Public Affairs Committee. He is on the clinical faculty for the Residency in Family Medicine at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. He is credentialed at Dosher Memorial Hospital, where he serves as chairman of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee and sits on the credentialing committee. For the last four years, he has served as Dosher’s Chief of Primary Care.  His strengths are in his caring approach to patient care and patient advocacy.


Board of Trustees: Donald Morando, DO

 Dr. Donald Morando is a board certified family physician practicing in Lumberton.  Dr. Morando is originally from Southern California. He attended the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine where he also completed both his internship and residency. Later, he was appointed Director of Medical Education and Residency Program Director at the Pikeville Medical Center Family Practice Clinic in Pikeville, Kentucky. Dr. Morando finds working in an underserved area, such as Fairmont, where he treats a significant number of patients with COPD, hypertension, heart disease and diabetes to be very rewarding. Dr. Morando is certified in wound care and hyperbaric treatment and incorporates these skills into his medical practice. Dr. Morando has obtained his private pilot’s license and loves to fly.


Board of Trustees: Charles J. Smutny III, DO

Dr. Charles J. Smutny III is currently an Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine at CUSOM and is the ONMM Residency Program Director for the Osteopathic Medicine Plus One Residency Program.

He graduated from CW. Post Long Island University, New York (NY) 1984 with a Baccalaureate of Science and Education magna cum laude. He graduated NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine with honors 1994 completing the 5-year undergraduate fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

Dr. Smutny achieved the rank of assistant professor teaching Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1994 through 2000. He served as a professor of anatomy and physiology at SUNY Suffolk, on Long Island in NY from 2010-2015. He is published in the JAOA, AAO Journal, and is a contributing author in several Osteopathic textbooks. Dr. Smutny continues to research, advocate and teach osteopathic concepts at the national and international levels.

Board of Trustees: Barbara Walker, DO, (President Emeritus)

Barbara E. Walker, D.O. received her D.O. degree from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP), completed her Residency in Family Medicine at Womack Army Community Hospital, completed a Faculty Development in Family Medicine Fellowship at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and received a Doctor of Sciences Honoris Causa degree from Campbell University in 2011.

She retired from the United States Army as a full Colonel in 2006 after more than 25 years of service.  Dr. Walker was one of the three founding physician faculty at the Family Medicine Residency in Wilmington, North Carolina and later established this as an American Osteopathic Association approved program. She has served as President of the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association, a delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) for many years, and currently is serving on the AOA Board of Trustees and is the President-elect of the NC Medical Board.

Board of Trustees: John Kauffman, DO (CUSOM Dean)

John M. Kauffman, Jr., DO, is the Founding Dean of Campbell University’s Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine.

A medical educator for the past 22 years, Dr. Kauffman obtained his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He completed his undergraduate education at Allegheny College.

From 2001-2006, Dr. Kauffman worked for University Hospitals of Cleveland and established University based osteopathic residencies in Dermatology and Pediatrics. In 2006, he joined the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Virginia, as the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Affairs and was promoted to Vice Dean for Postgraduate Affairs over the Virginia and South Carolina campuses in 2010.


Resident Representative:  Sachi Patel, DO

 Dr. Sachi Patel is a graduate of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine.  She is a 2nd year Family Medicine resident at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton. She holds special interest in the pediatrics and geriatrics populations and hopes to continue further training in these fields after residency. 



Student Representative:  Sravya Gourishetti, OMS II

 Sravya is the the Vice Presdient of the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine Chapter of SOMA.  She also serves as the co-director of the Planning Committee of the Care Gala which benefits the CUSOM Community Care Clinic.



  Executive Director:  Nancy Guy


 Nancy serves in a joint role linking the Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM) with the NC  Osteopathic Medical Association (NCOMA) and the NC Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (NCS-ACOFP).  Nancy serves as the Executive Director for each of the Associations, and coordinates continuing medical education initiatives for all three organizations.  Nancy is based at CUSOM in office # 136.