Introducing the New Chair of the General Education Department: Jonathan A. Coffman, PhD, MBA
By Jonathan Coffman, PhD, MBA
For over 23 years, Dr. Coffman has served in higher education as a professor, an administrator and a researcher. With a background in Molecular Biology & Genetics in the field of Microbiology, Dr. Coffman has been using next generation sequencing (NGS) to study intestinal microbes in birds and humans. As a teacher, Dr. Coffman has been teaching Medical Microbiology and Immunology to medical, dental and pharmacy students at Nova Southeastern University, Barry University, Larkin University, Saba College of Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and currently at the American University of Health Sciences (AUHS). At AUHS, Dr. Coffman has been appointed as the Chair of Microbiology & Immunology for the School of Medicine, the Chair of General Education and an Associate Professor of Microbiology & Immunology for the School of Pharmacy.
As a former owner of a healthcare practice, Dr. Coffman also taught Healthcare Business Strategy in a MS program in Health Services Administration and worked as a consultant for Colgate/Palmolive, Johnson & Johnson, Larkin Hospital and Ross Bicycles.
In the community, Dr. Coffman was actively involved in finding solutions to the Opioid crisis and volunteered with Drug Free Manatee and South West Florida Therapy Animals. Dr. Coffman received grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the State of Florida to introduce Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) training and telemedicine training to medical students in Pennsylvania and Florida.