Medical Education

West Shore Osteopathic Foundation

Forging Ahead

Top Row:

  • Kenneth Crandall
  • Andrew Filiatraut, D.O., FACOI
  • Joyce Holod
  • John J. Wolf, III, D.O., President
  • Michael Coyne
  • Gregory Bloxdorf, D.O., FACOEP/FACEP
  • Peter Gotsis, D.O.
  • Joe Granzier


  • Pamela Billick
  • Richard Below, D.O., Immediate Past President
  • Sister Mary Dorothy Tecca
  • David Tolentino, D.O., FACOI
  • Marge Lange
  • Jack Burke

Care and Education for Total Wellness

Forging Ahead

As an organization committed to providing the most comprehensive and highest quality patient care services possible, St. John Medical Center is particularly proud to offer first-rate osteopathic medical care through the West Shore Osteopathic Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Created to promote the osteopathic profession and increase opportunities for students pursuing a future in osteopathic medicine, the West Shore Osteopathic Foundation has experienced significant growth and is constantly changing the way that people think about patient care.

Forging Ahead

The West Shore Osteopathic Foundation is committed to continuing the advancement of osteopathic medicine, just like Dr. Brill had envisioned. Under the direction of its president, John J. Wolf, DO, FACOFP, the West Shore Osteopathic Foundation has developed numerous programs and events designed to further the education and practice of osteopathic medicine.

Here are some of the organization’s current activities:


The West Shore Osteopathic Foundation awards four annual $1,000 scholarships to outstanding medical students, interns, residents and attending physicians. The organization also awards one annual $1,000 scholarship to a high school student interested in a career in healthcare.

Fund development

Medical Education

In recognition of his many achievements and contributions to healthcare, the West Shore Osteopathic Foundation organized the Jack J. Brill, D.O. Memorial Golf Outing.


The West Shore Osteopathic Foundation is proud to offer the highly-regarded annual continuing Medical Education seminar and provides continual support for the Graduate Medical Education program at St. John Medical Center.

Building a Foundation: Jack J. Brill, D.O.

Jack J. Brill, D.O. Possessed by a passion for learning, Jack J. Brill, D.O. made medical education his life’s work. The vision and tireless efforts of Dr. Brill were vital to the establishment of a Graduate Medical Education program at St. John Medical Center — one that is quickly earning the hospital a reputation as a superior training ground for medical students, interns and residents interested in primary care.

With a deep-seeded belief in helping patients achieve complete wellness, Dr. Brill was a staunch supporter of osteopathic medicine. He worked relentlessly to advance the study and practice of osteopathic medicine at St. John West Shore. Because of the dedication of Dr. Brill, St. John Medical Center now boasts the only osteopathic program in Western Cleveland.

What is Osteopathic Medicine?

Jack J. Brill, D.O. Osteopathic medicine is a hands-on, patient-focused approach to healthcare with a philosophy that combines the needs of a particular patient with current practices of medicine, surgery and obstetrics. As with allopathic medicine (M.D.s), osteopathic medicine (D.O.s) uses medication and surgery—with several additional benefits.

Osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) practice a “whole person” approach to medicine. Instead of simply treating specific symptoms or illnesses, they regard your body as an integrated whole. During treatment, D.O.s consider the impact that lifestyle and community have on the health of a patient. Osteopathic physicians strive to help each patient maintain optimal health through treatment as well as health education, injury prevention and disease prevention.

On top of the thorough education all licensed physicians must complete, osteopathic physicians receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, or the interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones in the body. D.O.s use this additional expertise to determine how health problems in one part of your body can affect another.

Finally, D.O.s utilize osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT), a technique in which the hands are used to diagnose illness and injury, while promoting natural well-being throughout the body.

The West Shore Osteopathic Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization which relies on donations. Donations are tax-deductible and may be mailed to:

West Shore Osteopathic Foundation
Medical Arts Building Two
29101 Health Campus Drive, #150
Westlake, Ohio 44145
(440) 827-5576

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