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Dr. Allan M. Arkush


1946 - 2017
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Dr. Allan M. Arkush

Passed away March 31, 2017. He was born December 21, 1946 in Teaneck, New Jersey to the late Louis and Rose Arkush. He graduated high school in Cincinnati, Ohio, Miami University in 1968 and Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1972. He completed his internship and general surgery residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He practiced general surgery in New Berlin, Wisconsin until 1984 and then began practice at Community Westview Hospital where he served as Chief of Staff and Chair of the Surgery Department.  

He was the medical director of Westview's Advanced Wound Care Center. He is certified in general surgery by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery for which he has served as clinical and an oral examiner.

Passionate about teaching, Dr. Arkush has been named Postgraduate Trainer of the Year 12 times since 1984. He served as clinical assistant professor of surgery at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA and at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was given a Lifetime Teaching award by Community Health Network in 2016.

Dr. Arkush was board certified in Quality Assurance/Utilization Review. He was the Vice President of Clinical Performance for Community Health Network's West Region and a member of the network's Quality of Care Committee and Chair of the Disclosure Committee. He also chaired the Credential committee of Managed Health Services and was a member of Suburban Health Organizations Credentials Committee.

As a member of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons since 1980, Dr. Arkush served on the Board of Governors and as College president in 2002 to 2003. He has chaired the Strategic Planning, Bylaws and Public Relations Committees. Under his leadership, the PR Committee developed the ACOS D.O. Advantage brochure. He received the first ACOS Presidential Award in 1991. He also served as vice chair of the Ethics Committee.

He has served on the board and as peer review committee chair for the Wisconsin and the Indiana osteopathic association. The IOA honored him in 2000 as the first non-primary care recipient of the J.B. Kinsinger Plaque. In 2015, Dr. Arkush received the Distinguished Osteopathic Surgeon Award from the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. Dr. Arkush served on the board and planning committee of the Mozel Sanders Foundation which provides 40,000 Thanksgiving meals annually; he received the foundation's Humanitarian Award in 2008.

Dr. Arkush has won many award for photography and was an Advanced PADI certified scuba diver. He also enjoyed reading, Civil War history, hiking and biking.

He is survived by his wife, Sharlee; children, Deborah (Bertrand Huet) Arkush- Huet, Julie (Adam) Sandler, and David (Jody Peltason) Arkush; step-daughter, Lindsey Greenwood; grandchildren, Rebecca Huet, Evan Huet, Rosie Arkush, and Sam Arkush; sister, Eevelyn Metsisto; Anita Dansker; and many wonderful nieces, nephews and in-laws.

A very special thanks to Anuj Agarwala, MD. Also thanks to Sumeet Bhatia, MD, Chace Lottich, MD, Darrell Ross, MD, Jack Wei, MD, and the staff of Community Hospital East Cancer Center and Community Health Network Hospice. Also, thanks to the many wonderful friends and neighbors.

Funeral services will be held at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, 600 West 70th Street, on Sunday, April 2nd at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Beth-El Zedeck North Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Mozel Sanders Foundation or Community Hospital Foundation.

Arrangements entrusted to A.R.N. Funeral & Cremation Services. Friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.arnmortuary.com.
Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Apr. 1, 2017
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