On January 11, 2013, American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Executive Director John B. Crosby, JD, announced his plan to retire this summer, although an official date has not been announced.

Mr. Crosby has served the AOA as its Executive Director since 1997. Since his start with the AOA, Mr. Crosby has strived to achieve greater visibility for the osteopathic medical profession at the federal level by working with the AOA's Bureau of Federal Health Programs to develop the National Osteopathic Advocacy Center in Washington, D.C. During his tenure as executive director, the osteopathic medical profession has grown to include more than 100,000 osteopathic physicians.

Mr. Crosby has also been involved in work with the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education (BRC) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Joint Leadership Committee. His ongoing involvement within the osteopathic medical continuum includes work with the American Osteopathic Information Association (AOIA), the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) and DOCARE International.

In his more than 15 years at the AOA, Mr. Crosby has received several honorary degrees and awards including the prestigious New York College of Osteopathic Medicine's Riland Medal for Public Service in 2006 and an AOA Presidential Citation in 2007.

AACOM extends its well wishes to Mr. Crosby for his upcoming retirement and congratulates him for his many professional accomplishments and years of successful leadership in the osteopathic medical community. Planning for a nationwide search to identify Mr. Crosby’s replacement has begun.

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February 2013
Vol. 7, No. 2