About the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO)

The American Academy of Osteopathy provides quality continuing medical education and advocates on behalf of its members. Recent CME course topics have included palpating the brain, learning the basics of the fascial distortion model and using 3D technology to examine human anatomy. In addition, the Academy supports research in osteopathic medicine and publishes a quarterly peer-reviewed medical journal.

The AAO is a 501c(3) nonprofit membership association focused on supporting osteopathic physicians who specialize in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM). Watch “What Is Osteopathy?” featuring Kenneth J. Lossing, DO, the Academy’s 2014-15 president, discussing the benefits of osteopathic medicine. Academy members consist of osteopathic physicians (DOs), osteopathic medical students, international clinicians and others.

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.

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Our 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, practice and manipulative treatment in patient care.

In March 2015, the AAO's Board of Governors adopted the following vision statement: All patients are aware of and have access to osteopathic medical care and osteopathic manipulative medicine for optimal health.

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News

Giving Tuesday: Nov. 28

Giving Tuesday was celebrated for the first time in 2012. We encourage you to make your Giving Tuesday plans in the spirit of thankfulness that sometimes gets buried by the holiday advertising.

AAO Loses Past President Robert E. Kappler, DO, FAAODist, FCA

AAO life member Robert E. Kappler, DO, FAAODist, of River Grove, Illinois, died Oct. 18. Dr. Kappler was the 1980-81 president of the Academy, and he was a recipient of the AAO’s Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor and the FAAO’s Distinguished Service Award.

Call for Research Proposals: Due Dec. 1

The AAO’s Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee (LBORC) is seeking research applications involving health care outcomes in the practice of osteopathic medicine, with an emphasis on using osteopathic manipulative medicine or treatment (OMM/OMT) in patient care.