Bronx Native Earns Doctor Of Osteopathic Medicine Degree From Midwestern University

Published on June 14, 2017, 6:02 am
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Melvin Parasram, D.O., M.S., of Bronx, New York, has completed the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM) of Midwestern University. An official graduation ceremony and conferring of degrees took place on the Midwestern University campus in Glendale, Arizona, on May 31, 2017.

Dr. Parasram is the proud son of Guyanese immigrants Tularam and Parbattie Parasram, and identical twin to Marvin Parasram, Ph.D. He graduated from Herbert H. Lehman High School in 2006, and earned a B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from Stony Brook University in 2010 and 2011, respectively. While at Midwestern, he served as Vice President for Sigma Sigma Phi, National Osteopathic Medical Honor and Service Fraternity, and as Tucson rotation site liaison on the Class Council. He received the Silver TOUCH community service award for his medical outreach efforts with a team of volunteer physicians in Herstelling, Guyana in 2014. After graduation from Midwestern he plans to complete a Neurology residency at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City and has dreams to practice in his hometown.

The osteopathic medical profession employs a patient-centered, holistic approach to health care, with an emphasis on primary care and preventive medicine. Osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) enjoy the same rights and privileges as allopathic physicians (M.D.s) and possess an additional skill to treat patients: osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). By combining OMM with traditional medical approaches, D.O.s provide patients with the most comprehensive care available today.


Midwestern University is a graduate degree-granting institution specializing in the health sciences with eleven colleges and two campuses. The Illinois campus, located on a 105-acre site in Downers Grove, is home to over 2,900 students and five colleges: the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Chicago College of Pharmacy, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, and the Chicago College of Optometry. The Arizona campus, located on a 156-acre site in Glendale, is home to over 3,500 students and six colleges: the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Pharmacy-Glendale, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, the Arizona College of Optometry, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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