George J. Pasquarello, DO, FAAO, of East Greenwich, Rhode Island, received the highest honor that the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) awards on March 25 during its Convocation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 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. Pasquarello specializes in neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM), prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma injections. He practices at University Orthopedics, Inc., in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Dr. Pasquarello is a 1993 graduate of the University of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) in Biddeford, Maine. He is board certified in NMM/OMM, and he holds a certificate of added qualifications in pain medicine.
Having served as a program director for UNECOM’s NMM/OMM residency and combined NMM and family medicine residency, Dr. Pasquarello was section chief at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine, for osteopathic manipulative medicine from 1998 to 2002. He also has served as faculty for the OMM Department at UNECOM for 10 years, and he continues to host student and resident rotations in his practice, including family medicine, internal medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine and pain medicine.
In addition, Dr. Pasquarello has been vitally active in all levels of the osteopathic profession. He was the 2009-10 president of the AAO, and he currently serves on the AAO’s Board of Governors. He also has served on the Academy’s Education Committee and the Postdoctoral Standards and Evaluation Committee, which he chaired from 2000 to 2007.
The founding president of the Foundation for Osteopathic Research and Continuous Education (FORCE), he led the foundation through its early development.
Dr. Pasquarello is a former president of the Rhode Island Society of Osteopathic Physicians, and he continues to serve on its board of trustees. He regularly represents Rhode Island at the American Osteopathic Association’s House of Delegates.
Dr. Pasquarello also has served on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education as a member of the Osteopathic Principles Committee. He served on the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine for two terms, and he was on the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners’ Standard Setting Committee Level III in 2000.