John W. Becher, DO
Immediate Past President
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
An AOA board-certified emergency physician, Dr. Becher serves as director of osteopathic medical education at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He is also chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine and a professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). In addition, Dr. Becher is an adjunct professor of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Becher served as residency director of emergency medicine at the former City Avenue Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, training over 150 emergency physicians between 1980 and 2011.
In May 2009, Dr. Becher was appointed to the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Maintenance of Licensure Committee. Dr. Becher was recommended for this position by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) because of his experience working with the AOA Clinical Assessment Program, a web-based performance measurement program, and his positions on the AOA and NBOME boards.
Dr. Becher has served the AOA in many capacities, including as chair of the Departments of Education; Affiliate Affairs; Governmental Affairs and Professional Affairs, and previously served as a member of the editorial board of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA). Aside from his involvement with the AOA, Dr. Becher is past president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, for which he chaired several committees and boards.
After earning his osteopathic medical degree from PCOM, Dr. Becher completed his postdoctoral medical training at the former Flint (Michigan) Osteopathic Hospital.