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American Osteopathic Association Names Jay H. Shubrook, DO, Associate Editor of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

July 30, 2014

(CHICAGO) — The American Osteopathic Association (AOA), the national professional membership organization for the nation’s more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students, announces the appointment of Jay H. Shubrook, DO, as associate editor of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).

As associate editor, Dr. Shubrook will work with the JAOA’s editor in chief and other associate editors to advance the AOA’s strategic agenda toward the advancement of osteopathic medical research by establishing editorial policies with high standards for the integrity of the JAOA’s content and promoting the JAOA to shareholders by encouraging faculty and students to enhance the evidence base for osteopathic medicine.

“To make the JAOA the best in scholarly publishing, we need connectivity. Not only does Dr. Shubrook bring that but as a leader in diabetes care and clinical research he brings a generalist perspective on diabetes, one of the most important health problems of this century,” says AOA Editor in Chief Robert Orenstein, DO. “Based on the work he has done so far for the JAOA I am confident he will flourish in this new capacity and enhance our efforts to bring quality research to the journal.” 

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. With more than 50% of DOs in active practice specializing in one of the primary care areas of medicine, the osteopathic medical profession also has a strong tradition of serving in rural and medically underserved areas.

Professional Background

A diabetologist, Dr. Shubrook is AOA board certified in family medicine. In addition to his position with the JAOA, he will continue to serve as director of the clinical division at the Diabetes Institute at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) and director of the University Medical Associates Diabetes/Endocrine Center, both in Athens.

A JAOA editorial advisory board member since 2012, Dr. Shubrook serves on the editorial advisory board of American Family Physician and the editorial board of Osteopathic Family Physician. His research in diabetes has been published in numerous peer-reviewed medical journals, including JAOA, American Journal of Managed Care, Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, and Diabetes Care.

“It is vital for the success of the JAOA to stay abreast of the latest trends in medical research by being connected and engaged within the medical research community,” says Dr. Shubrook. “As a new JAOA associate editor, I will continue to research diabetes care and management as well as encourage my peers to become active participants in the research landscape.”

After receiving his undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Cruz, Dr. Shubrook earned his osteopathic medical degree from what is now OU-HCOM. He completed his postdoctoral training at what is now Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio.

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 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% during the past 25 years.

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents 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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