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Michael B. Clearfield, DO, FACOI, FACP

Michael B. Clearfield, D.O., F.A.C.O.I., F.AC.P. is currently Professor and Dean of Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in California, a position he has held since 2006.


Prior to his current position, Dr Clearfield served as both faculty and administration at the University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine from 1979-2006.  At UNTHSC Dr Clearfield served as Chairman of the Department of Medicine for twenty years from 1982-2002 followed by four years as the Associate Dean for Clinical Research and the Osteopathic Heritage Foundation Distinguished Chair in Clinical Research.


Dr. Clearfield’s research interests have focused on preventative heart disease, cholesterol management and metabolism and obesity related issues.  Dr. Clearfield served as the American Osteopathic Association’s representative to the National Cholesterol Education Program from 1995-2005.  Dr. Clearfield has authored over 130 manuscripts and abstracts and was the co-primary investigator for the Air Force/Texas Coronary Atherosclerosis Prevention Study, which was at the time was the largest primary prevention trial performed in the United States demonstrating the ability to reduce cardiovascular events by reducing LDL-cholesterol. The AFCAPS/TexCAPS study remains the largest clinical trial ever performed at an osteopathic medical school, UNTHSC-TCOM, where 2868 subjects were randomized and followed for over five years.

Dr Clearfield served on the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) from 1989-1998 during which time he chaired the Product Committee which produced the first COMLEX examinations.  After completing his tenure on the NBOME, Dr Clearfield then served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Osteopathic Internists from 2000-2012, during which time he served as President in 2009-10.  Dr. Clearfield also served as chairman of the AOA Bureau/Council of Research from 2002-2004 and in 2015 was appointed to AOA Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research (BOCER).    Since 2012 Dr Clearfield has served on the executive committee of the Board of Deans of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic (ACCOM) where he was Chair of the Board from 2014-2016.  In 2016 Dr Clearfield was selected to serve as a Commissioner, as well as a member of the executive committee, on the Commission Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA).


Dr. Clearfield is the recipient in 1995 of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 1997, Dr Clearfield was the recipient of the Internist of the Year from the American College of Osteopathic Internists.  In 2003 Dr. Clearfield was awarded the American Osteopathic Foundation’s Astra Zeneca’s Healthy Heart Award, in 2004 the inaugural Darryl A. Beehler DO Research Mentor Award and in 2005 the Gutensohn-Denslow Award for outstanding contributions in research and scholarly activity. In both 2003-2005 he was selected by his peers as one of the top doctors in Internal Medicine in Fort Worth Magazine.  In 2009, Dr Clearfield was selected in the inaugural class of the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators.  In 2010, Dr Clearfield received a special recognition award for outstanding service and devotion to the osteopathic profession by the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California.  In 2013 was recognized as the Researcher of the Year from the American College of Osteopathic Internists. In 2016 Dr Clearfield was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California.