DOs Recognized for Service

Tuesday, Oct. 1:

Three DOs were honored with the AOA's highest recognition, the Distinguished Service Certificate, at this morning's OMED Opening Session:

  • Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, was honored for her role in the development of the first Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution and the AOA Health Policy Fellowship program. She's currently the vice president for health services and medical affairs at the New York Institute of Technology. In accepting her award, Dr. Ross-Lee described her passion for using the collective strength of the osteopathic family to contribute to solutions that can help broader society, especially the vulnerable and underserved.

  • Anthony N. Ottaviani, DO, was recognized for his leadership in expanding osteopathic graduate medical education in Florida. Dr. Ottaviani is a governor and regional dean of the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. "The true heroes out there are you DOs who meet with your patients every day," he told the audience, "and those who are teaching tomorrow's physicians today."

  • Kenneth E. Nelson, DO, received accolades for his dedication to promoting osteopathic distinctiveness through osteopathic manipulative medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment teaching materials. He's the editor of the textbook Somatic Dysfunction in Osteopathic Family Medicine. Dr. Nelson concluded his remarks by urging DOs to celebrate the uniqueness of the osteopathic medical profession: "Osteopathic distinctiveness: if you've got it, flaunt it!"