G. Bradley Klock, DO, FAAO, of Gold Canyon, Arizona, received the highest honor that the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) awards on March 24 during its Convocation in Dallas. Named the Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor, the award is given to AAO members who have exhibited an exceptional understanding and application of osteopathic principles and concepts and for outstanding accomplishments in scientific or professional affairs. The award is named after Andrew Taylor Still, MD, DO, the founder of osteopathic medicine.
Dr. Klock received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arizona in 1977, and in 1981, he earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from what is now the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM), where he completed a predoctoral fellowship in the Osteopathic Manual Medicine (OMM) Department. He completed his rotating osteopathic internship at the Tucson General Osteopathic Hospital in Arizona. He was certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Special Proficiency in OMM in 1991, and in 2001, he became Fellow of the AAO (FAAO).
Dr. Klock returned to DMU-COM from 1982 to 1984 as an associate professor in the OMM Department. Then in 1984, he left the college to chair the OMM Department at the Phoenix General Hospital (PGH) in Arizona. At PGH he provided in- and outpatient care until 1990. PGH was a full-service teaching institution, allowing Dr. Klock to coordinate patient care among all specialties and subspecialties in medicine. His duties included teaching students, interns and residents in five programs. From 1990 to 2007, Dr. Klock maintained a private practice specializing in OMM for in- and outpatients before he returned to Des Moines University to chair the OMM Department until his retirement in 2016.
Dr. Klock has served the AAO and other organizations in leadership positions, including as member and chair of the AAO’s Investment Committee and of the Committee on Fellowship. He has lectured extensively at local, state, national and international venues, and his career is highlighted by serving the profession as a clinical mentor in hospital and ambulatory settings, scholarly activity with multiple publications and many more didactic presentations, in leadership with the Academy, and recognition by his peers as one of the most prolific clinical experts of counterstrain.
For additional information, contact AAO Executive Director Sherri L. Quarles at SQuarles@academyofosteopathy.org.