Indianapolis— William H. Stager, DO, MS, MPH, FAAFP, FAAMA, FAAO, FACOFP dist., of West Palm Beach, Florida, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 12 at the AAO’s annual business meeting during its Convocation in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Dr. Stager has a bachelor of arts in philosophy and master of science in anatomy from Rutgers University. He completed an undergraduate osteopathic principles and practice (OPP) Fellowship and obtained his doctor of osteopathy degree from what is now known as Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM) in 1989 and completed a rotating internship at Humana South Broward Hospital. He obtained his master of public health degree from A.T. Still University–Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) in 2009. He has been in holistic private practice, combining neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM), family medicine, and medical acupuncture, in the Palm Beach area since 1990.
He is Board Certified in NMM/OMM and Family Medicine, and is a Fellow of the AAO, American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), and a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP). He has taught NMM/OMM and Family Medicine to hundreds of medical students, interns, residents and physicians all over the USA, Canada, Norway, and China and has published over 200 articles and papers in health and fitness magazines and several in peer-reviewed medical journals. He is section editor and contributing author of the 2014 second edition of the ACOFP textbook Somatic Dysfunction in Osteopathic Family Medicine.
He is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at NSU-KPCOM and Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Bradenton Campus (LECOM Bradenton) .
He is a Life Member of the AAO and Osteopathic Cranial Academy, and an active member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), ACOFP, Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA), Florida Society of the ACOFP (FSACOFP), and Florida Academy of Osteopathy( FAO) a component society of the AAO, serving on various committees and boards, including: the AOA House of Delegates (2006-present), AAO Board of Governors (2019-2020), FOMA President (2015-2016), FOMA President-Elect (2014-1015), FOMA 1st Vice President (2013-2014), FOMA 2nd Vice President (2012-2013), FOMA Director-at-Large (2009-2013), FOMA District 9 President (2006-present), FSACOFP President (2008-2009), the two-term FAO President (2006-2008, 2008-2010), and NSUCOM Alumni Association Executive Committee President (2015-2016), and Trustee (2007-2015).
His many awards include the 2008 NSUCOM Distinguished Alumni Award, 2007 FOMA Presidential Achievement Award, 2007 AOA Mentor of the Year Nominee Finalist Award, the 2010 FSACOFP Physician of the Year Award, the 2011 FAO Distinguished Service Award, the 2013 AOA Unsung Heroes Award, the 2013 AOA Guardians of the Profession Award, the 2015 NSUCOM Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award, the 2015 NSUCOM Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2017 NSU Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award, and the 2019 NSU-KPCOM Service Award.
In his candidacy statement, Dr. Stager wrote, “The AAO will coordinate and integrate more with the organizations that matter (AOA, ACOFP, AACOM, etc.), positively enhancing the AAO and the profession in general. AAO leadership will be a more integral part of these organizations. I am active in these organizations on a state and national level and work to bridge them all. The AAO will be the recognized leader (nationally and internationally) and provider of osteopathic principles and practice (OPP) education in undergraduate (OPP chairs, etc.) and graduate medical education (GME), including incoming MDs in the unified GME system.”