American Osteopathic Association Installs Boyd R. Buser, DO, as 120th President
MOA Member and Past President Focuses on Osteopathic Principles While Leading Fast Growing Profession
CHICAGO—July 25, 2016— Boyd R. Buser, DO, dean of the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, was installed Saturday as president of the American Osteopathic Association.
Dr. Buser assumed the presidency before an estimated 500 osteopathic physicians (DOs) at the American Osteopathic Association’s annual business meeting in Chicago. The organization represents the professional interests of the nation’s more than 123,000 DOs and osteopathic medical students.
“We are at a turning point in health care, when the focus on wellness and prevention has never been greater. Patients value our approach, how we partner with them to promote their health and wellbeing, whether the topic is preventing chronic disease or protecting patients from the threat of opioid addiction,” said Dr. Buser. “As osteopathic physicians, we seek health in our patients and recognize that a person’s state of health depends on their body, mind and spirit.”
A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Dr. Buser is past president of the American Academy of Osteopathy. He currently serves as the vice president for health affairs and dean at the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM), where he is also a professor of family medicine as well as osteopathic principles and practice.
During his career, Dr. Buser held numerous positions within the association and is best known for helping shepherd the profession through the transition to a single graduate medical education accreditation system. Dr. Buser is a past president of the Maine Osteopathic Association and the recipient of the MOA Distinguished Service Award and the Roswell P. Bates, DO Public Service Award.
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Osteopathic medicine is a distinctive form of medical care founded on the philosophy that all body systems are interrelated and dependent upon one another for good health. This philosophy was developed in 1874 by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still, who pioneered the concept of "wellness" and recognized the importance of treating illness within the context of the whole body. Read More
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