AOF Award Announcements

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award October 6, 2015 Sometimes being a pioneer is about being open to the unknown, and allowing life to take you down the path less traveled.  This is how Murray Goldstein, DO, MPH paved the way to success and acceptance for other osteopathic physicians and fostered an environment for scientifically rigorous osteopathic research during his more than 60 year career. Dr. Goldstein was the first to represent the...
2015 W. Douglas Ward, PhD, Educator of the Year October 5, 2015 A passionate educator committed to osteopathic medicine, J. Michael Finley, DO, oversees graduate medical education for the Western region of the United States as the Chief Academic Officer for OPTI – West Educational Consortium and has mentored hundreds of students and residents at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP) in Pomona,...
2015 Burnett Osteopathic Student Researcher Award October 4, 2015 Lauren Nicole Becker, a third-year osteopathic medical student from Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia has the technical and medical skill-sets that make her an ideal osteopathic researcher.   As an undergrad, Student Doctor Becker conducted several research projects at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. Becker participated in several...
2015 Caring for Communities Award October 4, 2015 Superstorm Sandy damaged more than homes and businesses when it hit the East coast in 2012.  It also devastated access to local health care on the Rockaway Peninsula, a narrow strip of land bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay in Queens County, New York City. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, NY, a 257-bed teaching hospital, is the last functioning medical care center on...
2015 William G. Anderson, DO Minority Scholarship October 4, 2015 As a first generation African American, Patricia Egwuatu, OMS IV has experienced firsthand the need to improve minority health care in the U.S. after family members immigrated here. She always wanted to be a physician and Egwuatu is already making a significant impact on her journey to realize her dream.  She served as the Health Disparities Director for SOMA, overseeing programs that bring...
2015 AOA Presidential Memorial Leadership Award October 4, 2015 Future leaders of the osteopathic profession possess not only knowledge and skill, but personal integrity and commitment to a life of service critical to the future success of our country’s overall health care system and osteopathic medicine. Julie A. Creech, OMS III of Ohio University – Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) understands the mental, physical and emotional rigor...

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