Rahul Gupta, director of White House ONDCP, visits WV School of Osteopathic Medicine


Rahul Gupta, M.D., the first physician to serve as the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, which is a component of the Executive Office of the President, visited WVSOM on June 10 for a roundtable discussion. During his visit to Lewisburg, Gupta met with WVSOM students, local physicians and other individuals who impact local health care. The event focused on discussions related to substance use disorder and recovery, and the many community partnerships and programs WVSOM has created to try to curtail the opioid epidemic.

WVSOM President James W. Nemitz and Director of the White House ONDCP Dr. Rahul Gupta. Photo by Matthew Young, RealWV.

Additionally, Gupta presented WVSOM President James W. Nemitz, Ph.D., with a “Presidential Challenge Coin” – a symbol of honorary membership given to military personnel, foreign dignitaries and other notable individuals – for his vision and medical school’s work in substance use disorder education. The tradition of the “Presidential Challenge Coin” began with U.S. President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. In the time since, each successive president has designed their own unique coin.


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