Family physician G. Anne Cather, M.D., has been named executive director of the Oman Medical Program at West Virginia University School of Medicine.
Cather will remain as associate dean for student services and professional development at the Morgantown, W.Va., campus, but will continue the work begun by the late Tony DiBartolomeo, M.D., as the lead physician on the faculty of WVU in its partnership with Oman Medical College. DiBartolomeo, 62, of Morgantown, died April 17 after an extended illness.
OMC, which opened in 2001 and offers a seven-year program leading to a doctor of medicine degree, is in the Sultanate of Oman on the Southeast corner of the Arabian Peninsula at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. The school as a pre-med campus in Muscat, the capital city, and a medical school campus in Sohar, affilated with the Sohar Regional Hospital, according to Bill Case, WVU spokesman.
Cather is a graduate of the medical technology program at WVU who worked in a lab at a rural hospital before returning to the university and earning a degree in medicine in 1983.
"Dr. Cather's leadership on this campus has benefited hundreds of WVU medical students, and she will be a friend and mentor to the students from Oman," said John Prescott, M.D., dean of the WVU School of Medicine, in a statement.