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American Osteopathic Association Names Mayo Clinic Academic Leader as its New Editor in Chief

Jan. 10, 2014

(CHICAGO) — The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the national professional membership organization for more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students, announces Robert Orenstein, DO, as its new editor in chief. Dr. Orenstein, who also serves in a leadership role for the Mayo Clinic, begins his position with the AOA in January 2014.

As editor in chief, Dr. Orenstein will carry out the AOA’s strategic agenda toward the advancement of osteopathic medical research as he directs the editorial content of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) and chairs the JAOA Editorial Advisory Board. In these capacities he will provide critical leadership for the future of the JAOA, incorporating his experience at a world-renowned research institution and robust career as an infectious diseases investigator, on behalf of one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation. Over the past 25 years, the number of DOs has grown more than 200%. With more than 50% of DOs in active practice in one of the primary care areas of medicine, Dr. Orenstein’s role in advancing osteopathic medical research is key to ensuring DOs continue to meet the nation’s rapidly growing health care needs by advancing their medical education, including through the study of clinical journals.

“I am honored by the opportunity to lead the JAOA and provide readers with exceptional and relevant research by maintaining high standards and soliciting the strongest research manuscripts,” says Dr. Orenstein. “My goal is to advance the scholarly mission of our profession by seeking out those who create or translate new knowledge as it relates to osteopathic medicine. By sharing my expertise in education, patient care and clinical research, I hope to infuse new possibilities and innovation as the JAOA aims to provide scholarly information to both DOs and MDs.”

A fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Dr. Orenstein is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. In addition to his position with the AOA, he will continue to serve as an associate professor of medicine and chair of the division of infectious diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Dr. Orenstein’s background in clinical research includes serving as a peer reviewer for numerous medical journals, co-editor of the textbook Fundamentals of Global HIV Medicine, section editor of the Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, and as a clinical editor of the Mayo Clinic’s Ask Mayo Expert electronic knowledge tool. He also serves as a section editor for the JAOA’s evidence-based clinical reviews.

From 2002 to 2010, Dr. Orenstein conducted clinical and epidemiological research at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in addition to his duties as a practicing physician and educator. Prior to that, he served as medical director of the Infectious Disease Clinic at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, a comprehensive care and research center. Dr. Orenstein has participated or been the principal investigator on numerous clinical trials on infectious diseases and HIV incorporating epidemiology, treatment and prevention.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., Dr. Orenstein earned his osteopathic medical degree from the Des Moines (Iowa) University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his postdoctoral training at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., and the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. He also completed an infectious diseases fellowship at VCU.

“Dr. Orenstein is an innovative researcher with a commitment to the expansion and dissemination of scholarly research on osteopathic medicine,” says AOA Executive Director and CEO Adrienne E. White-Faines, MPA, FACHE. “With experience at esteemed research institutions across the country, which includes serving as an editor for various medical journals and other publications, Dr. Orenstein will be a tremendous asset in spearheading the AOA’s strategic objectives to advance osteopathic medical research.”  ​

Dr. Orenstein resides in Paradise Valley, Ariz., with his wife, Amy Foxx-Orenstein, DO, and daughter, Aliya.

What is a DO?

DOs are licensed physicians who can prescribe medication and practice in all specialty areas, including surgery, in the United States. They complete approximately four years of medical school followed by graduate medical education through internship and residency programs typically lasting three to eight years. In addition, DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system, providing them with an in-depth knowledge of the ways that illness or injury in one part of the body can affect another. As one of the fastest-growing segments of health care professionals in the nation, the number of DOs has grown more than 200% over the past 25 years.

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) proudly represents its professional family of more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at


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