Leaders meet challenges head-on and drive the future; they cause change, they motivate others, and they make a positive difference within their organizations and their profession. One talented young physician who has assumed a leadership role both nationally and within the university setting is Danielle L. Cooley, DO.
A graduate of Rowan University, School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM), Dr. Cooley remained at that institution for her rotating internship, her Family Medicine residency, and then continued her training in RowanSOM’s “Plus One” fellowship in Neuromuscular Medicine (NMM)/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) while concurrently holding a faculty appointment.
Board certified in Family Medicine and NMM/OMM, Dr. Cooley is actively involved in patient care in both disciplines—promoting osteopathic medical education on the national sceneand promoting osteopathic medicine through community outreach. Dr. Cooley’s charismatic energy is appropriately balanced with a strong interest in achieving team success over self-success in all projects she leads.
In her patient care role, Dr. Cooley serves as medical director and as a practicing physician at the Mount Laurel Family Medicine office. Recently, she played a key role in the establishment of this seven-physician office which resulted from a merger of two smaller separate offices, one of which she previously headed.
Playing a leadership role in RowanSOM’s educational mission, Dr. Cooley has helped transform the osteopathic pre-doctoral training program curriculum. In addition to precepting both Family Medicine and OMM, she serves as the third-year OMM clerkship director and chair of the Curriculum Committee. In this capacity, she takes the lead in curricular improvement and serves as an ex-officio member of the school’s faculty governing body.
On the national scene, Dr. Cooley is actively involved as a leader on many levels including both the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). She was named 2012 Item Writer of the Year for COMLEX-USA Osteopathic Principles and Practices and earned certifications as a module developer for her collaboration in the development of a module for ACOFP Educational Components for Osteopathic Continuous Certification in Osteopathic Family Medicine, on Low Back Pain. She has served as a regional and national spokesperson on osteopathic topics. In addition, she has been extensively involved in the development and delivery of continuing medical education programs as a course co-director and content reviewer.
As a result of her many accomplishments, Dr. Cooley has been recognized with a number of awards, including first-place in ACOFP’s Namely/Burnett Preventative Medicine Award Competition (2010); the Alan Z. Gartzman, DO, Memorial Award (2010); and the second-place award at the 2013 ACOFP annual meeting for a collaborative poster presentation.
Dr. Cooley has had a tremendous impact on the profession at many different levels; she is a valuable asset to the profession and will continue to be a great leader. It is with great pride that the American Osteopathic Foundation honors Danielle L. Cooley, DO, with the James M. Lally, DO, Emerging Leader Award.