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Newtown Square Emergency Physician to Serve As President-Elect of American Osteopathic Association

July 25, 2014

(CHICAGO)— John W. Becher, DO, an osteopathic emergency physician from Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, was named president-elect of 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, during its Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates in Chicago. 

“I am honored to have been elected by my fellow osteopathic physicians to lead the profession at this historical time,” says Dr. Becher. “I will work to gain recognition for the osteopathic profession as it continues to grow to meet our patients’ needs for access to the best health care possible.” 

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

Dr. Becher serves as director of osteopathic medical education at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He is also chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine and a professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). In addition, Dr. Becher is an adjunct professor of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Becher served as residency director of emergency medicine at the former City Avenue Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, training over 150 emergency physicians between 1980 and 2011. 

In May 2009, Dr. Becher was appointed to the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Maintenance of Licensure Committee. Dr. Becher was recommended for this position by the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) because of his experience working with the AOA Clinical Assessment Program, a web-based performance measurement program, and his positions on the AOA and NBOME boards. 

Dr. Becher has served the AOA in many capacities, including as chair of the Departments of Education; Affiliate Affairs; Governmental Affairs and Professional Affairs, and previously served as a member of the editorial board of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Aside from his involvement with the AOA, Dr. Becher is past president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, for which he chaired several committees and boards. 


After earning his osteopathic medical degree from PCOM, Dr. Becher completed his postdoctoral medical training at the former Flint (Michigan) Osteopathic Hospital.

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% during the past 25 years.

About the House of Delegates

The AOA’s House of Delegates, comprised of more than 500 delegates representing osteopathic state medical associations, specialty societies, interns, residents and students from throughout the country, meets annually in July to set organizational policies and elect new officers. 

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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