The AOF and AOA are honored to jointly recognize Brianne Howerton, DO as the distinguished recipient of the 2023 Presidential Memorial Leadership Award.

Dr. Howerton is currently pursuing an Emergency Medicine Residency at Corewell Health in Detroit, MI. Her impressive academic credentials include a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), a Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics from Maryville University of St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences alongside a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry.

Dr. Howerton's exceptional determination has empowered her to overcome the challenges she encountered on her educational journey and has played a pivotal role in honing her leadership abilities. Reflecting on her path, Dr. Howerton remarks, "My passion for quick problem-solving in emergency medicine was ignited while assisting with my high school football team and shadowing the team's physician." She goes on to express her deep gratitude for being part of the Osteopathic community and her eagerness to give back in the same way that others have supported her.

In addition to actively participating in numerous volunteer and academic initiatives, Dr. Howerton has authored several research papers and received numerous accolades for her contributions to publications, abstracts, posters, and presentations. Her remarkable academic achievements and exceptional leadership skills have been demonstrated through her active involvement in initiatives for esteemed organizations like the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP), American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS), LECOM-Bradenton, Omega Beta Iota Political Action Honor Society (OBI), DO MORE Inc., Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) partnered with the AOF to establish this award to honor Past Presidents of the AOA to commemorate their leadership and lifetime commitment to the Osteopathic profession.