About the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO)

The American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) is a 501c(3) non-profit membership association. The members consist of: doctors of osteopathy (DOs), supporters and affiliates, sponsors, osteopathic medical students (OMS) and international members. The Academy was established in 1937 as the Osteopathic Manipulative Therapeutic and Clinical Research Association and was granted affiliation by the American Osteopathic Association in 1938. In 1970, the name was changed to the American Academy of Osteopathy, and in 1992 the association moved to its present location in Indiana. Read more about the history of the Academy in the AAO Story. The Academy employs seven full-time office personnel who provide support to twenty committees and two boards. The AAO staff facilitates teleconference meetings, an annual convocation and educational seminars for the osteopathic medical profession. The Academy's website provides resources to the public and to members, and it provides an online store to purchase materials.

Watch "What is Osteopathy?" featuring Kenneth J. Lossing, DO, the Academy's 2014-15 president, discussing the benefits of osteopathic medicine. This video, produced by American Health Front, aired on CBS stations in the New York City area on May 18, 2014.

The Annual Business Meeting of the Membership is March 12, 2015,at the AAO Annual Convocation at the Downtown Marriott Louisville in Kentucky, from noon to 2:15 p.m. Eastern)

At the annual business meeting, the Academy calls its members to meet and elect officials for the next year; discuss and determine Constitution and Bylaws amendments; present the AAO Academy Award; recertify component societies and recognize contributions made to the Academy during the year.

Annual report of the president
Annual report of the president-elect
Annual report of the secretary-treasurer
Annual report of the interim executive director
Annual business meeting minutes (A draft of the most recent annual business meeting minutes will be restricted to members only.)


In March 2015, the AAO Board of Governors approved the AAO's 2015-18 strategic plan. The plan focuses on increasing the public's understanding of osteopathic medicine, making CME opportunities more widely available, and leveraging technology to promote the AAO and its mission.



The mission of the American Academy of Osteopathy is to teach, advocate and research the science, art and philosophy of osteopathic medicine, emphasizing the integration of osteopathic principles, practices and manipulative treatment in patient care.


  1. To maintain, advance and advocate the AAO as a resource of educational excellence in osteopathy.
  2. To evaluate and advance policies which will assure the financial growth and viability of the AAO.
  3. To develop programs and activities, which foster growth and development of the membership.
  4. To implement policies ensuring optimal structure and function of the AAO's boards and committees.
  5. To facilitate programs promoting collaborative efforts that further osteopathic principles and practice and osteopathic manipulative treatment research and training.
  6. To serve the osteopathic medical profession as an advocate, resource and guide in policymaking and standard setting.