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American Osteopathic Association Names Michael A. Seffinger, 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 re-appointment of Michael A. Seffinger, DO, as associate editor of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA).

As associate editor, Dr. Seffinger will continue to serve as co-editor of The Somatic Connection, a quarterly column that summarizes state-of-the-art research articles from peer-reviewed scientific journals with a focus on the role of the musculoskeletal system in health and illness, and manual based therapies that are used to restore health. Dr. Seffinger 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. Seffinger brings his mentorship, journalistic and leadership experience to our new JAOA editorial team,” says AOA Editor in Chief Robert Orenstein, DO. “His expertise and experience will be a tremendous asset in spearheading the AOA’s strategic objectives to advance osteopathic medical research.” 

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 fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Seffinger is AOA board certified in family medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine. In addition to his position with the JAOA, he will continue to serve as a tenured professor of family medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine/osteopathic manipulative medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California.

A member of the JAOA editorial advisory board since 2007, Dr. Seffinger’s vast editorial experience includes serving as managing editor of California DO, the quarterly journal of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California, from 2004-2008; and editor roles for books and chapters in medical textbooks. Additionally, Dr. Seffinger has co-authored numerous articles and editorials in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including the JAOA, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, and SPINE.

Dr. Seffinger is past president of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) and has served on the Board of Governors for the AAO since 2000. He also serves as the western regional director of the Consortium for Collaborative Osteopathic Research Development –Practice Based Research Network through affiliation with the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth. He served for 10 years as vice chair of the AOA’s Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research. He also was the first osteopathic physician to chair a data and safety monitoring board for a multi-site clinical trial using osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) for the Multicenter Osteopathic Pneumonia Study in the Elderly and for several OMT clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

“The AOA is committed to increasing osteopathic medical research,” says Dr. Seffinger. “The JAOA’s new editorial team has a great opportunity to build upon its current efforts to enhance the journal’s offerings and to take the osteopathic medical profession to the next level in the research community as we work to achieve the AOA’s goal.”

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, Dr. Seffinger earned his osteopathic medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing. He completed his postdoctoral training at what is now College Medical Center in Long Beach, California, and the University of California, Irvine.

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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