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Robert Dolansky, DO, Sworn In As POMA President

Robert Dolansky, DO, Sworn In As POMA President

 

Dr. Robert Dolansky Jr. 

Dr. Robert Dolansky Jr.


Valley Forge, PA (5/29/2014) - Robert Dolansky Jr., DO, was recently sworn in as Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA), a statewide organization for physicians holding the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO).

During his one-year term, Dr. Dolansky will represent more than 5,000 physicians and 2,000 student physicians throughout the state. His duties will include the development of POMA’s positions on pending medical-related legislation, speaking at state legislature committee meetings, visiting Pennsylvania’s two osteopathic medical schools, and encouraging physician involvement in POMA activities.

In addition to his POMA responsibilities, he serves as director of osteopathic medical education of St. Luke’s University Health Network, director of medical education at St. Luke’s Allentown Campus, medical director of St. Luke’s walk-in care centers, including St. Luke’s Care Now centers in Wind Gap and Allentown. He is also co-director of St. Luke’s Family Health Center in Allentown. In addition to his administrative duties, he still sees patients.

Dr. Dolansky arrived at St. Luke’s Hospital as a resident 18 years ago. His supervisor Joseph Stella, DO, first sparked his interest in POMA. An emergency room physician and medical director of the Osteopathic Family Medicine Program at St. Luke’s Allentown Campus, Stella served as president on both a state and national level.

“Dr. Stella was such an energetic guy,” Dr. Dolansky says of Dr. Stella, who died in 2010 at age 92. “He was everyone’s mentor, always interested in helping young physicians become better doctors. He was very personable and had extensive connections. He was a very inspiring person.”

Dr. Dolansky completed an internship and family practice residency at Allentown Osteopathic Medical Center, now St. Luke’s Allentown Campus. “Back then the hospital was two mansions joined by a building,” he says. “To see the Allentown Campus grow and thrive has been amazing.”

A native of Cambria County, Dr. Dolansky became familiar with the Lehigh Valley through his Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine roommate from Bath. “I liked the area so I decided this was where I wanted to do my training.”

He has never regretted that decision, saying he enjoys the variety that his many roles at St. Luke’s provide. “My favorite part of my job is sharing my experiences at St. Luke’s through the years with the new residents,” he says. “It’s great to see their ambition when they first come out of medical school and to help nurture their enthusiasm for patient care. It’s rewarding to see them grow and mature as physicians.”

Similarly, Dr. Dolansky values the relationships he has developed with his patients over many years. “Having worked at the clinic for 18 years, I have been able to play a role in helping children grow up in a healthier environment,” he said. “With many of my patients, we have built a mutual trust and respect.”

A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), Dr. Dolansky says he has always been goal-driven and has always aspired to a leadership position in a medical organization. He also serves as a delegate to the American Osteopathic Association and the ACOFP.


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