Chair, Pharmacology, Physiology & Pathology
Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine
Luke H. Mortensen, PhD, FAHA, FNAOME, is Professor and Chair of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Pathology at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine in Meridian, Idaho, where he also serves as Director of Professional Development and Director of Interprofessional Education. Prior to these roles, he served as Vice President and Chair of Medical Education at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) from 2012-2017 where he engaged with their member colleges to promote teaching/learning excellence in osteopathic medical education throughout the educational continuum. His work also facilitated collaboration, provided services through constituent group activities, and developed resources for osteopathic medical education professionals. From 1995-2012, he was a tenured faculty member at Des Moines University where he taught clinical pharmacology and physiology for seventeen years and also served in administration as Assistant Dean and Director to develop and provide basic science and clinical professional development to faculty, OPTI members, residents, and others in a variety of health care professions. Dr. Mortensen has also played a significant role in the planning and implementation of workshop institutes for the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) which seeks to promote and encourage efforts that would advance substantive interprofessional learning experiences to help prepare future health care providers for team-based practice. Luke received his doctoral training at Michigan State University, Lansing, Michigan and post-doctoral experience at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas. He is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and of the National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators.