AOF Stories

2014 AOA Presidential Memorial Leadership Award October 20, 2014 Successful leaders are people who can organize and direct others towards a common goal.  One outstanding student leader who has carved such a path early in her career at national, regional, local and university levels is Katherine L. Eggerman, MPH, a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM). In the regional and national arena,...
2014 Karen J. Nichols, DO LEAD Scholar Award October 20, 2014 Transformational leaders are always seeking a formula for challenging and inspiring others with a sense of purpose and excitement.  Alexis L. Cates, a fourth-year osteopathic medical student at William Carey University, College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) exemplifies this approach in her interactions with others. Her leadership responsibilities have ranged from serving as a chairperson for...
2014 William G. Anderson, DO, Minority Scholarship October 20, 2014 Every student has a specific reason to enter the field of medicine.  For Kai Adia Turner, a third-year osteopathic medical student at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), that reason was to make a lasting difference in the lives of patients, their immediate health concerns as well as their lives long-term. Student Doctor Turner matriculated to VCOM after completing her master’s in...
2014 Lifetime Achievement Award October 15, 2014 Michael Italo Opipari, DO, considered by many as the father of Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutions (OPTI), has spent more than four decades not only practicing and teaching osteopathic medicine, but pioneering systems and standards for osteopathic medical residents that will continue to influence generations of osteopathic physicians for years to come.   Serving for 20 years as the...
2014 Educator of the Year October 15, 2014 Establishing a new osteopathic medical school is no small undertaking, especially in rural, underserved areas.  But John M. Kauffman, J. DO, FACOI, FACP, founding dean and chief academic officer for Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM), was up to the task when opening the first medical school in North Carolina in more than 35 years and helping to develop the...
2014 Physician of the Year October 15, 2014 When it comes to treating some of the most complicated immunological cases in the world, many patients turn to Leonard H. Calabrese, DO, at the Cleveland Clinic, for help. Known for his work in rheumatology and immunodeficiency diseases, particularly HIV and hepatitis C, Dr. Calabrese is the first and only physician to hold two endowed chairs at the world-renowned facility: the RJ Fasenmyer Chair...

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