The AOF and American Osteopathic Association established a joint New Investigator Research Fund in 2018 to build a pipeline and advance the scientific training of new investigators by providing funding of up to $50,000 for DOs, MDs or PhDs conducting 18-month studies that focus on osteopathic principles. The first ever recipient of this grant is Alexis Marie LaPietra, DO, FACEP, FAAEM from St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center Foundation. Her current research: Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment vs. Standard Therapy in the Management of Acute Neck and Low Back Pain in the Emergency Department.
Dr. Alexis LaPietra is the current Medical Director of the Emergency Medicine Pain Management Program and the Fellowship Director of the Emergency Medicine Pain Management Fellowship and Emergency Medicine Mental Health and Addiction Medicine Fellowship at St Joseph’s Health in Paterson, NJ. She is the founder and creator of the Alternatives to Opioids (ALTO SM) program and the Pain Management and Addiction Medicine Section of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
In 2016 she received the Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award from George Washington University Center for Healthcare Innovation and Policy Research as well as the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians Practice Innovation Award. The ALTO SM program was awarded the NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes Innovation Award for 2017. Dr. LaPietra’s work has been highlighted nationally in The Annals of Emergency Medicine, NPR, NBC, The New York Times, Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN. Her work was the basis for the “ALTO in the ED Act,” part of the legislation included in the H.R.6- SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act signed into law by President Trump in October 2018.