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)

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

Giving Tuesday: Nov. 28

Giving Tuesday was celebrated for the first time in 2012. We encourage you to make your Giving Tuesday plans in the spirit of thankfulness that sometimes gets buried by the holiday advertising.

AAO Loses Past President Robert E. Kappler, DO, FAAODist, FCA

AAO life member Robert E. Kappler, DO, FAAODist, of River Grove, Illinois, died Oct. 18. Dr. Kappler was the 1980-81 president of the Academy, and he was a recipient of the AAO’s Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor and the FAAO’s Distinguished Service Award.

Call for Research Proposals: Due Dec. 1

The AAO’s Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee (LBORC) is seeking research applications involving health care outcomes in the practice of osteopathic medicine, with an emphasis on using osteopathic manipulative medicine or treatment (OMM/OMT) in patient care.