The Academy Award

For Contributions to the Osteopathic Profession

The AAO’s Academy Award recognizes individuals outside of the Academy who have profoundly contributed to the profession by

  • demonstrating commitment to osteopathic principles and to the osteopathic profession;
  • exhibiting outstanding efforts or special contributions to promote osteopathic medicine;
  • continuously showing support of and collaboration with osteopathic organization;
  • and having a vision that is complementary to the Academy’s mission.

Established in 2000, this award addressed several action items from the AAO’s strategic plan. The Board of Trustees identified the first recipient at its October 2000 meeting, and the inaugural award was presented at the AAO’s Convocation in March 2001.

Year      Recipient (*denotes deceased)

2018       Sidney N. Dunn
2017       Angela Cole Westhoff, MA
2016       Paul R. Standley, PhD
2015       Diana L. Finley, CMP
2014       Richard A. Vincent, MBA
2013       Michael E. Fitzgerald, BA
2012       Michael M. Patterson, PhD
2011       Fred C. Tinning, PhD
2010       John B. Crosby, JD
2009       Stephen J. Noone, MS, CAE
2008       Frank H. Willard, PhD
2007       Barbara Peterson, D, Litt (Hon)
2006       Norman Gevitz, PhD
2005       Albert Kelso, PhD*
2004       Irvin M. Korr, PhD*
2003       W. Douglas Ward, PhD*
2002       Judy Staser
2001       Andrew T. Weil, MD

News

AAO Recognized for Contributions to Profession

On Saturday, July 21, the AAO was one of four recipients of the American Osteopathic Association’s 2019 STARs (Strategic Team Award and Recognition) for its dedication to advancing osteopathic medicine. The STARs recognize contributions made by state, specialty and regional affiliates, colleges of osteopathic medicine, osteopathic postdoctoral training institutions (OPTIs), and nonpractice affiliates that have advanced the osteopathic profession. The award honors programs and activities that align with the initiatives in the AOA’s strategic plan.

Jacob J. Cukierski, DO, Named 2018 Resident of the Year

Jacob J. Cukierski, DO, of Erie, Pennsylvania, was named the 2018 Resident of the Year by the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 22 during the AAO’s annual meeting during its Convocation in Dallas.

Sidney N. Dunn Receives AAO's Academy Award

Sidney N. Dunn of Carmel, Indiana, is the 2018 recipient of the highest award that the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) bestows on a nonphysician.