On August 1, Dr. Robert E. Kappler, DO, officially retired from his position as a professor at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University (CCOM/MWU). Dr. Kappler is a founding member of AACOM’s Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP) leadership, operating as the group’s first vice chair and taking the helm as ECOP Chair shortly after—a position he served in for roughly 20 years.
After finishing osteopathic medical school as a second generation CCOM/MWU graduate in 1958, Dr. Kappler began his 55 years of service to the osteopathic medical education community on the CCOM/MWU faculty. He started his career at the school as a classroom instructor in osteopathic theory and practice, eventually becoming a professor and the Chairman of the CCOM/MWU Department of Osteopathic Medicine. Throughout his career, Dr. Kappler has also served as CCOM/MWU’s Assistant Director of Clinics; Assistant Clinical Dean; Associate Dean, Clinical Sciences; and COH Chief of Staff. In 1967, Dr. Kappler developed the osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) fellowship program. He also established and served as the Director of the Center for Osteopathic Research & Educational Development.
In addition to his more than two decades of leadership with AACOM's ECOP, Dr. Kappler has served in leadership roles for numerous professional societies and associations, including the American Academy of Osteopathy (NPAAO) and the Illinois Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (IAOPS). Dr. Kappler has also served on numerous committees for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), the IAOPS, and CCOM/MWU.
AACOM extends its best wishes to Dr. Kappler in his retirement and commends him for his many professional accomplishments and years of service to the field of osteopathic medicine.