Indianapolis— Richard L. Van Buskirk, DO, FAAO, of Sarasota, Florida, received the American Academy of Osteopathy’s highest honor on March 14 during the AAO’s 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. Van Buskirk has had a long and diverse career that includes research, writing, teaching, service to the profession and extensive clinical practice. He is most deserving of this honor with his life-long devotion and advocacy of osteopathic medicine.
Dr. Van Buskirk is an internationally recognized osteopathic physician who has been in private practice in Sarasota, Florida for 30 years. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine as well as in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine. His family medicine practice has included specialty in NMM. Before becoming a student of osteopathic medicine at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine he was an associate professor in physiology and neuroscience and earned his PhD from Duke University.
Dr. Van Buskirk has contributed to the profession through his research of an osteopathic text from the late 1800’s that described how Dr. Still treated. He is responsible for the rediscovery of and redevelopment of one of Dr. Still’s primary manipulative methods, the Still Technique. He has shared and taught this technique with the osteopathic profession through presentations at AAO courses, at the Florida Academy of Osteopathy’s courses, and at colleges of osteopathic medicine. His teaching is well received, demonstrating hands-on one-on-one interaction of OMT methods, and he expresses his enthusiasm and passion when speaking about osteopathic medicine.
In addition to the Still Technique, Dr. Van Buskirk has written, presented papers and led workshops all over the world including North America, Europe, Australia and Japan. He has written papers on a variety of topics, including groundbreaking articles on new physiological models of somatic dysfunction based on the nociception and neuro-fascial interpretation. He has been a reviewer for the JAOA, contributor and section editor to the osteopathic textbook, Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine.
Dr. Van Buskirk is a Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy and has served on the AAO’s Board of Governors, as a member of the Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee and on the Committee on Fellowship. He is a good communicator, easy to work with and very knowledgeable in the field. Countless numbers of students and physicians have benefited from his writing and teaching. The work he has done over the years is both exemplary and impressive in scope and quality.