Eileen L. DiGiovanna, DO, FAAO, of Smithtown, New York, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Committee on Fellowship in the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 15 at the Academy’s annual Convocation in Orlando, Florida. The Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy (FAAO) Distinguished Service Award is presented to fellows who have distinguished themselves in contributions to osteopathic literature; development of osteopathic theories, methods or procedures; research; osteopathic education; service to the AAO; public relations; service to public health; or osteopathic medical economics and advocacy.
Dr. DiGiovanna, the AAO’s 1994-95 president, joined the Academy in 1979, earning Fellowship in the Academy in 1986. She has served on the Academy’s Committee on Fellowship, Board of Trustees, Board of Governors and Nominating Committee, and she chaired the Long Range Planning Committee. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University and the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, and she served her internship at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. DiGiovanna is a former professor and chair of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) at what is now called the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM) in Old Westbury. She maintained a part-time practice, both in family medicine as well as osteopathic manipulative medicine, at NYIT-COM’s on-campus health center. During the 18 years of Dr. DiGiovanna’s affiliation with NYIT-COM, she wrote extensively, authoring several published articles and coauthoring the nationally recognized textbook An Osteopathic Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment. She also was a contributing author to the first and second editions of the American Osteopathic Association’s Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine, the most widely used textbook for osteopathic education in the United States.
Dr. DiGiovanna is certified by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians as well as the American Osteopathic Board of Special Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.