John W. Becher, DO, an AOA board-certified emergency physician from Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, is the 119th president of the AOA.
"The dynamic times we're living in have brought extraordinary change to health care in just the past few years. Osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the United States and the demand for our philosophy and approach to care has never been greater," Dr. Becher says. "As physicians, we treat the whole person, not just illness and injuries. I welcome the opportunity to add our perspective to the national health care conversation."
Dr. Becher serves as chairman of the department of emergency medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he also graduated from in 1970. He is also director of osteopathic medical education at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and an adjunct professor of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.
A member of the Federation of State Medical Boards' Maintenance of Licensure Committee, Dr. Becher has trained more than 150 emergency physicians as a residency director.
During his career, Dr. Becher held leadership roles within the AOA, including as a member of the editorial board of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, and is past president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.