The Physician of the Year Award, one of the Foundation’s highest honors, annually recognizes a DO who has achieved greatness through integrity, service and community involvement; who serves as a role model for his/her peers; and who consistently strives to improve patient and public health. The American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) is honored to name Brian Loveless, DO, as the 2018 Physician of the Year. Watch the award video here.
Dr. Loveless embodies the osteopathic philosophy in every action, word and deed. “The osteopathic philosophy is about looking at the whole person – mind, body & spirit. My approach is by making my patients laugh, by bringing kindness and compassion to whatever is going on with them. This human quality to what we do really makes a big difference,” he says.
Currently the Assistant Professor of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP), Dr. Loveless earned his DO degree from COMP in 2002. After graduation, he completed a traditional rotating internship, as well as family practice and NMM/OMM residencies, at Chino Valley Medical Center (CVMC).
Dr. Loveless was elected President of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC) in 2017. He serves as an expert reviewer for the Osteopathic Medical Board of California, as Chair of CMVS’s Family Medicine Department, and he is a member of the American Osteopathic Association’s Bureau of Osteopathic Education.
Dr. Loveless is a tireless advocate for his patients and the profession, regularly participating in osteopathic advocacy events at state and national levels. “I started working with OPSC as a resident. That notion of organized medicine - what the individual can do to help the profession as a whole - sparked new passion for me. I hope in the future that I can play a bigger role on the national level, making an impact for the profession that has done so much for me,” he says.
He gives back to his community too, having served as team physician for student athletes at Chino Hills High School since 2004. And, he also staffs a monthly OMT clinic at his local Montclair Community Clinic.
Kathleen Creason, Executive Director of the OPSC, says. “Dr. Loveless lives and breathes osteopathic principles and practices, incorporating OMT as an integral part of his clinical care. He is an exceptional representative of the profession.”
His honors are many and include selection as keynote speaker for COMP’s White Coat Ceremony in 2017, recognition as CVMC’s Faculty of the Year in 2014, and selection as the OPSC Physician of the Year in 2013. He is also a 2008 graduate of the Costin Institute for Osteopathic Medical Educators, a chapter author for the Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine textbook, and has published numerous articles in publications including the JAOA.
“Patients are the focus of all that Dr. Loveless does,” says Paula M. Crone, DO, Dean at COMP. “He is the embodiment of all that osteopathy represents. His patients admire him, colleagues look up to him, and students aspire to be like him.”
Yet Dr. Loveless is quick to recognize and thank others who have helped him get where he is today. “I owe everything I have so far to my mentors. They showed me this is what you do – you give back to your profession, put in extra work and help out when needed…This award is really a reflection on the folks who taught me more than what I’ve done.”