The AOA inaugurated Ray E. Stowers, DO, an osteopathic family physician from Harrogate, Tenn., as its 116th President this afternoon in Chicago! In his Inaugural Address to almost 500 of his peers this afternoon, President Stowers encouraged them to be innovative as they look toward the future of health care and osteopathic medicine. He also promised that the AOA will be there for them, advocating for important issues such as fair Medicare physician payments and expansion of osteopathic graduate medical education training and helping individual DOs navigate the practice management challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. Dr. Stowers currently serves as Vice President for Health Sciences and Founding Dean of the Lincoln Memorial University- DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM). Prior to joining LMU-DCOM, Dr. Stowers was an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the Division of Rural Health at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, as well as Founding Director of the Oklahoma Rural Health Policy and Research Center, demonstrating his passion for rural family medicine. Dr. Stowers has served on the Board of Trustees since 2000 and has held leadership positions with several other osteopathic medical organizations. He also is a renowned advocate, having advised Congress on health care issues through his appointments to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, better known as MedPAC, and the Physician Payment Review Commission. Congratulations President Stowers!