J. Scott Heatherington DO Lifetime Achievement Award

Since 1999, the Foundation has recognized outstanding osteopathic physicians from the Northwest.

The Foundation is pleased to announce that our 2023 J Scott Heatherington DO Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Paula Crone DO, Provost of Western University of Health Sciences.

Prior to her appointment as Provost in February, Dr. Crone served as Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) in Pomona, California, and COMP-Northwest in Lebanon, Oregon, from September 2013 until April 2022. Dr. Crone served as Interim Dean of COMP and COMP-Northwest from July 2012 to September 2013 and as Executive Associate Dean of COMP-Northwest from July 2010 until December 2012.

Prior to joining WesternU, Dr. Crone was a respected family practitioner in Oregon, serving as partner in private practice and as the Program Director of the Family Practice Residency Program at Eastmoreland Hospital in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Crone also served as a consultant for graduate medical education development at Samaritan Health Services (2005-09) and on the Oregon Healthcare Workforce Task Group.

WesternU Provost Paula M. Crone
In 2000, Foundation President Toni Hero DO presented its first Rising Star Award to Dr. Crone (left)

Dr. Crone has served on many professional boards during her career, including Mid Valley Healthcare, Inc., Samaritan Health Center, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Crone helped launch WesternU’s COMP-Northwest, the first new medical school in Oregon in over a century. Dr. Crone’s leadership of WesternU’s Oregon campus has been guided by her goal to develop the highest quality osteopathic medical academic program in Oregon and supporting health care professionals of the future. Dr. Crone led the COMP-Northwest project from its earliest inception to a now-thriving osteopathic physician training and education program. The WesternU Oregon Advisory Board, a team that Dr. Crone helped put together more than 13 years ago, has had a tremendous impact on COMP-Northwest’s growth and continues to be instrumental in helping to support WesternU Oregon endeavors.

Dr. Crone is a WesternU alumna, earning her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from COMP in 1992. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Eastmoreland Hospital in Portland, Oregon. She earned her Bachelor of Science in biology at the University of Portland in Portland, Oregon.

J. Scott Heatherington DO Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is presented to an osteopathic physician from the Northwest that has made a lifetime of contributions to the profession as well as the community.

It is presented in honor of Scott Heatherington DO, the first physician from Oregon to become President of the American Osteopathic Association (1969) and former President of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon (1952-53). He was also the Founding President of the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation (1986-1987).

J. Scott Heatherington DO, AOA President 1969 NWOMF Founding President 1985