Michael P. Rowane, DO, Becomes 2017-18 AAO President

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Dr. Rowane is inducted as 2017-18 AAO presidentMichael P. Rowane, DO, MS, FAAFP, FAAO, of Willoughby Hills, Ohio, assumed the office of president of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 25 during the AAO Convocation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He will serve a one-year term leading the nation’s largest medical society devoted to fostering neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM).

Dr. Rowane’s experience of working with osteopathic (DO) and allopathic (MD) physicians will benefit the Academy as the profession transitions from residencies that are currently accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to residencies accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the same body that accredits MD residencies.

After 25 years with University Hospitals in Cleveland, Dr. Rowane will assume the role of professor of family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, Pennsylvania, in May 2017. There, he will be the associate dean of clinical education for all campuses. This new position allows him to continue his passion for osteopathic medical education and to impact future physicians to integrate the ideals of the osteopathic approach in the care of their patients.

Dr. Rowane served as the director of medical education at University Hospitals Regional Hospitals since 2007. Prior to this, Dr. Rowane was in the Department of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), where he was the family medicine program director for University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. 

Dr. Rowane is a 1989 graduate of the Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Iowa, where he completed a predoctoral fellowship in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). After his residency in family medicine, Dr. Rowane participated in faculty development fellowships at CWRU and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He completed a postdoctoral master’s degree in family medicine at CWRU and a fellowship with the National Institute for Program Directors. He co-directs a national osteopathic faculty development initiative, Training the Osteopathic Professions Core Educators (TOPCE) with the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Rowane was appointed to the ACGME Osteopathic Principles Committee and represents all osteopathic training programs for the Electronic Residency Application Service with the Association of American Medical Colleges.

In 2003, Dr. Rowane became a Fellow of the AAO. The AAO is one of the few specialty colleges that have earned fellowships, and Dr. Rowane is one of barely 80 osteopathic physicians to earn it. He also is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Rowane has frequently presented both locally and nationally and has published multiple articles and book chapters. In 2012, he published the book “Basic Musculoskeletal Manipulation Skills: The 15-Minute Office Encounter” with coauthor Paul Evans, DO, FAAFP, FACOFP.