On July 21, Ray E. Stowers, DO, was inaugurated as the 116th President of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) during the AOA’s Annual Business Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Stowers is Vice President for Health Sciences and Founding Dean of the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, Tennessee, where he also serves as an Associate Professor of Family Medicine. As Dean of LMU-DCOM, Dr. Stowers is a member of the AACOM Board of Deans.
During Dr. Stowers’ AOA term of office, Michael Wieting, DO, will serve as Interim Dean of LMU-DCOM. Dr. Wieting is LMU-DCOM Dean of Clinical Medicine, Assistant Vice President of Program Development and Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He will represent LMU-DCOM on the AACOM Board of Deans during Dr. Stowers’ AOA presidency.
Dr. Stowers is an alumnus of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCUMB-COM). He was named a Distinguished Fellow by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and has served as a member of the AOA Board of Trustees since 2000. He also served as a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). More recently, Dr. Stowers was honored by the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association (TOMA) as the recipient of the 2011 Paul Grayson Smith, Sr. Physician of the Year Award. Congratulations, Dr. Stowers!
Dr. Stowers’ installation marks the end of the presidential term of Martin S. Levine, DO. Dr. Levine’s presidential focus was “Think Osteopathically: Practice It, Prove it, Publish it and Promote It.”
AOA Board of Trustees member Norman E. Vinn, DO, Founder and Chief Medical Officer of Housecall Doctors Medical Group, Inc., was voted AOA President-elect. Dr. Vinn received his DO degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). He is a founding member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Medical Informatics (AOAMI) and current President of the The Residentialist Group, Inc. Congratulations, Dr. Vinn!