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American Osteopathic Association Names Michael M. Patterson, PhD, 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 re-appointment of Michael M. Patterson, PhD, as associate editor of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).

Dr. Patterson, who has been a JAOA associate editor for more than 25 years, will assume a new role as associate editor for international affairs. He also 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.

“Dr. Patterson provides us with his wealth of knowledge, experience, historical perspective, international relationships and continuity,” says AOA Editor in Chief Robert Orenstein, DO. “Using his international connectivity, Dr. Patterson will lead our efforts to bring the best science from our international colleagues to the JAOA.” 

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 retired professor of osteopathic medicine, Dr. Patterson has served in a variety of editorial functions throughout his career, including consulting editor of what is now Behavioral Neuroscience and consulting editor of Behavior Research Methods, Instruments and Computers. His work has been published in numerous research journals, including JAOA, Physiology and Behavior, Science, and the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy.

In addition to his work at JAOA, Dr. Patterson also currently serves as scientific editor of Kopf Carrier scientific newsletter.

“As the osteopathic medical profession continues to enhance its research efforts, it is crucial to be connected to the research community both nationally and internationally,” says Dr. Patterson. “Expanding the JAOA’s international research presence will elevate the level of medical knowledge presented within the journal.”

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Grinnell (Iowa) College, Dr. Patterson entered graduate school at Indiana University in Bloomington and his doctorate degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

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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