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Columbus Physician Re-Elected to the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees

July 28, 2014

(CHICAGO) – William J. Burke, DO, an AOA board-certified family physician from Columbus, Ohio, was recently re-elected to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees, 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

“We are at a very exciting time in the health care field,” says Dr. Burke. “Family physicians are seeing more newly insured patients looking for care and the AOA is committed to helping the physician population grow to ensure access to care for all patients.”  

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. Burke became dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (OU-HCOM) Central Ohio campus in Dublin in July 2013. Prior to his appointment as dean, Dr. Burke served as vice president of medical education at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus. He also serves as an associate professor of family medicine at OH-HCOM. 

In his position as an AOA trustee, Dr. Burke has served as the chair of the AOA Bureau of Communications and the Bureau of Clinical Education and Research. At the state level, he is a past president of the Ohio State Society of American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) and the Columbus Academy of Osteopathic Medicine.

Honors and Awards

A fellow of the ACOFP, Dr. Burke received the Trustees Award from the Ohio Osteopathic Association in 2013, the Family Physician of the Year Award from the Ohio State Society of the ACOFP in 2010 and the American Osteopathic Foundation's Distinguished Service Award in 2008.​


After earning his osteopathic medical degree from OU-HCOM, Dr. Burke completed his internship and residency at Doctors Hospital of Columbus, where he served as chief resident.

What is a DO?

DOs are licensed physic​ians 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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