Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, has been President of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) since January 2006. Prior to assuming this position, he served as Vice President for Health Services and Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England since 1995. He served as Chair of the AACOM Board of Deans from July 2003 to June 2005.
Dr. Shannon earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree in 1986 from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, and his master of public health degree in 1990 from the Harvard University School of Public Health. He is board certified in osteopathic family practice and preventive medicine. He also holds bachelor's and master's degrees in American history from the University of Maryland.
As President of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Shannon serves as spokesperson on behalf of the nation’s 33 colleges of osteopathic medicine, articulating the community’s priorities and positions in a variety of national and international settings. Dr. Shannon also guides the Association in fulfilling its vision and mission, and in positively influencing state, federal, and executive branch policy formulation relative to medical education.
Dr. Shannon has strong professional interests in public health and preventive medicine, and in major research areas of clinical outcomes study, health promotion and disease prevention, health professions workforce, rural health, and medical school curriculum. He is the current President of the Federation of Schools of the Health Professions and a member of the Veterans Administration’s National Academic Affiliations Council. Until recently, he served as a senior member of HRSA’s Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry.
Dr. Shannon has a long history of leadership and service in public health. He was instrumental in the development of the Master of Public Health program at the University of New England, and prior to his appointment as dean was the Director of Occupational and Environmental Health at the Maine Bureau of Health. He has served on numerous public health boards and commissions and is a founder and past chair of the Board of the Maine Center for Public Health.
In addition, Dr. Shannon is past president of the Maine Biomedical Research Coalition and was a member of the state's Biomedical Research Board. He was instrumental in implementing biomedical research expansion within the University of New England, targeting such areas as the impact of diabetes on heart disease and the neurophysiology of pain, memory, and addiction.
He has received many awards, most recently, the 2016 Phillips Medal of Public Service given by the Ohio Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and the 2016 Dale Dodson Award for leadership. In 2013 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Maine Osteopathic Association; the New York Institute of Technology Riland Public Service Award in 2011. In 2010 he received both the AACOM Robert A. Kistner Award and the Pioneer in Osteopathic Medicine Award from the University of New England; in 2003 the Dan Hanley Memorial Trust Leadership Award; and the Finance Authority of Maine's Distinguished Service Award in the Field of Higher Education in 2002.