Dohn R. Kruschwitz, MD, ND

Associate Professor


As a medical doctor and naturopathic physician, Dr. Dohn Kruschwitz brings a wealth of knowledge and numerous years of clinical experience to NCNM. His areas of expertise include:

● Minor surgery     ● Urology     
● Herbal medicine ● Men’s health
● Thyroid disease ● General medicine
● Diabetes ● Hypertension

Since 1998, Dr. Kruschwitz has been a full-time associate professor of academic and clinical medicine at NCNM. He has served on the NCNM residency advisory committee since 1997 and helped NCNM develop the first certified naturopathic residency training program in the country. He teaches courses in minor surgery and clinical medicine, and supervises student interns on teaching clinic rotations. 

Dr. Kruschwitz received his medical doctorate degree from University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1966, and subsequently pursued a family practice residency in Des Moines, IA. After practicing for two years in a mission hospital in Puerto Rico, he spent over 25 years practicing family and emergency medicine in the Midwest. It was during this time that he became interested in alternative medicine. 

Dr. Kruschwitz began pursuing a doctorate in naturopathic medicine at NCNM in 1995. Following his completion of the naturopathic doctoral program in 1997, he fulfilled a one-year residency in naturopathic medicine. 

Courses taught:
•  CLE709   Clinic Secondary Rotation
•  CLE811   Clinic Primary Rotation
•  CLS514/524/534   Clinical Case Presentations I, II, III
•  PHM621/631   Minor Surgery with Lab I, II

Getting to Know Dr. Kruschwitz:
Birthplace: Eldora, IA

High School: Grundy Center, IA

Activities: Serving on several committees for my church home, singing in my church choir

Favorite Quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." —Marianne Willamson

Music: Smooth jazz, some oldies, some modern pop performers

Movies: Comedy, drama

Sitcom: Modern Family, Big Bang Theory

Hobbies: Reading, watching TV, eating out

What I like best about Portland: Its eclectic environment of people and activities

Curriculum Vitae

National College of Naturopathic Medicine 
ND      1997
University of Iowa College of Medicine  MD     1966
McPherson College, Kansas  BS in Biology, Cum Laude     1962
National College of Natural Medicine, Portland, OR  
     Adjunct (1998-2000) and then Associate Professor of Academic and Clinical Medicine 2000-present  
     Clinical Case Presentations (1 or 2 sections/week) in fall, winter, and spring quarters    1998-present
     Minor Surgery Lecture/Lab (2 or 3 sections/week) in winter and spring quarters  1998-present
     Urology (1 or 2 sections/week) winter quarter 1999-2008
     Supervision of students on two 4-hour student teaching clinic shifts per week 1999-present
Associate Dean, Department of Naturopathic Medicine – National College of Natural Medicine. 2003-2010
Chief Medical Officer for the NCNM clinics. 2003-2010    
Part-time, private medical practice, NCNM First Avenue Clinic. 2001-2006
NCNM Natural Health Center Corbett Street Clinic, part-time medical practice.   1998-2001
Director of Graduate Medical Education, NCNM. 1997-2000
NCNM First-Year Naturopathic Residency at NHC Corbett Street Clinic. 1997-1998        
Emergency Physician, Portland Emergency Physicians at the Emergency Department at Eastmoreland General Hospital, Portland, OR. Part of my duties there was supervision of Osteopathic Family Practice Residents. 1995-1997
Emergency Physician, Emergency Medical Physicians, P.C. and the ED at United Medical Center (formerly Memorial Hospital of Laramie County), Cheyenne, WY. I supervised Family Practice residents in the ED as part of my duties from 1990-1995. 1992-1995
Medical Director of the ED at Memorial Hospital of Laramie County, Cheyenne, WY. 1990-1992
Assistant Medical Director of the ED at Memorial Hospital of Laramie County, Cheyenne, WY.
Family Practice in Boulder, Thorton and Longmont, CO; and in the ED at Brighton and Lafayette, CO.
Medical Director of the Dept. of Occupational Medicine, Allen Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, IA.
Co-Medical Director of the Emergency Dept. at Allen Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, IA.
Partnership family practice in Conrad and Marshalltown, IA.
Employed in Family Practice in Hospital Castaner, Castaner, Puerto Rico. 1968-1970
Two-year Family Practice Residency at Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines, IA.      1966-1968
1997-present Licensed as an ND in Oregon
1997-present               Member of the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP)
1997-2005 Member of American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)
1995-present Licensed as an MD in Oregon
1988-1995                            Licensed as an MD in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska
1967-2001 Licensed as an MD in Iowa
1970-2001 Certified member of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
1996-2004 American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP)
1997-present Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP)
1986-1987                             American College of Emergency Physicians
1986-present Continuous certification in CPR
1986-1998                  Certification and recertification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
1986 and 1994 Certification and recertification in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
1992                       Certification in Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
2000-present                       Continuous writing and rewriting of lecture notes, and creation of clinical case examples used for regular teaching and testing in a Urology course, Minor Surgery and in Clinical Case Presentations             
2004-2005 Prepared test questions in Minor Surgery for the NPLEx Board Exams       
2004 and 2006 Prepared guest lectures and participated as guest faculty in evaluation and treatment of patients with urological condition for the Doctoral program at OCOM
1998-1999                   As the NCNM Director of Graduate Medical Education I directed the Self-Study process and development of the supporting documents, manual, and handbook that resulted in the NCNM Residency Program becoming the first certified naturopathic residency program in North America.
2006-2007            Divisional leader for evaluation and updating the NCNM naturopathic curriculum.
2006-2007            As CMO acting as the director of the NCNM Avian Flu task force Emergency Management Team.
2001-2010 Medical member of the Clinic Development Team, helping direct creation of our new medical clinic.
2004-2006 Sunnyside United Methodist Church, Portland, OR – Lay Leader
2002-present          Sunnyside United Methodist Church, Portland, OR – member of Finance Committee; Chair of Finance Committee since 2006
1998-present          Physician member of the OBNE Formulary Council – reviews and approves new medicines to be added to the Oregon Naturopathic Formulary
1995 –present            Sunnyside United Methodist Church, Portland, OR – member and Vice Chair of Board of Trustees and member of the church choir   
1970-2001 Continuous certification by the AAFP, which requires 150 hours of approved CME every three years.
1996-present Continuous certification for licensure by the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine. Courses during 2010 include: recertification in CPR, CME in Ethics, and various other approved CME courses, now all totaling 40+ hours for the 2011 licensing year.

Updated Nov. 15, 2012