AOA's Highest Honor Awarded to AACOM President and CEO


July 25, 2017


Paul DeMiglio
Senior Media Specialist
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(Bethesda, MD) – The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) is proud to announce that AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, was presented with a Presidential Citation by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees at the AOA Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, July 22, for his contributions to the osteopathic medical profession and osteopathic medical education (OME). AOA Presidential Citations are the organization’s highest honor that recognize individuals for their dedication to advancing osteopathic medicine and medical education.

“Dr. Shannon has demonstrated a major commitment to education since his earliest days as a DO. He’s been a professor, a dean and lifelong advocate of our osteopathic students. In his role as President and CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, he is one of the true champions of osteopathic medical education and the profession relies on his leadership,” said AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO, who presented him with the Citation.

Adrienne White-Faines, CEO of the AOA, agrees that Dr. Shannon’s tireless efforts to serve OME are empowering the next generation of aspiring osteopathic physicians as they prepare to meet the needs of a changing health care landscape.

“Dr. Shannon is a steady guiding hand for osteopathic medical schools in this time of growth and evolution. His service and contributions to the osteopathic profession cannot be overstated. We are all grateful for Dr. Shannon’s leadership and collaboration in medical education and for his unwavering passion to advance opportunities for the students,” White-Faines said.

The AOA Presidential Citation, Dr. Shannon said, attests to the hard work, innovation, and commitment to excellence demonstrated by the entire OME community.

“The contributions of our colleges, students, educators, faculty, and staff at all levels are raising the profile of osteopathic medicine, now more than ever,” Dr. Shannon said. “This award belongs to the countless OME heroes who are transforming the health system through the distinct, whole-person approach to care that osteopathic medicine affords.”

Since 2006, Dr. Shannon has led AACOM as President and CEO, following 11 years of serving as the Dean at University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) from 1995-2006 and Vice President from 1998-2006. His other prior roles include working as medical epidemiologist consultant for the Division of Disease Control at the Maine Bureau of Health, serving as Chair of the Maine Biomedical Research Coalition, and serving as a member and editor of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).

Humayun J. Chaudhry, DO, FAODME, Chairman of the International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) and CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), along with Sandra Featherman, PhD, President Emeritus of UNECOM, were also honored at the awards luncheon.

The AOA Presidential Citation is the most recent recognition bestowed upon Dr. Shannon in a list of awards that include the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) 2016 Phillips Medal of Public Service, the Pioneer of Osteopathic Medicine Award from UNECOM, the Riland Public Service Medal from the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), and the Roswell P. Bates Memorial Award from the Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA). Dr. Shannon also serves as Board Chair of the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC).


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) represents the 33 accredited colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. These colleges are accredited to deliver instruction at 48 teaching locations in 31 states. In the currentacademic year these colleges are educating over 27,000 future physicians—more than 20 percent of all U.S. medical students. Six of the colleges are public and 27 are private institutions.

AACOM was founded in 1898 to support and assist the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. AACOMprovides leadership for the osteopathic medical education community by promoting excellence in medical education, research and service, and by fostering innovation and quality across the continuum of osteopathic medical education to improve the health of the American public.