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American Osteopathic Association Installs Boyd R. Buser, D.O., as 120th president

July 25, 2016 12:00 AM
Boyd R. Buser, D.O., dean of the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, was installed Saturday as president of the American Osteopathic Association.

Buser assumed the presidency before an estimated 500 osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) 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 D.O.s 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 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, 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 (KYCOM), where he is also a professor of family medicine as well as osteopathic principles and practice.

During his career, 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.

Also Saturday, delegates named Texan Mark A. Baker, D.O., president-elect of the AOA. Baker is an osteopathic diagnostic radiologist and clinical associate professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. His term will begin in July 2017.

About the American Osteopathic Association
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 123,000 osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for D.O.s; is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools; and has federal authority to accredit hospitals and other health care facilities. To learn more, visit

About the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medicine in the Mountains … Keeping the Promise: Since its inception in 1997, the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine has played an important role in preparing physicians to serve the healthcare needs of underserved populations in Kentucky and other Appalachian regions. Since the first graduating class in 2001, KYCOM has graduated more than 1,000 physicians, with 70 percent serving in primary care.

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