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

July 24, 2014

(CHICAGO) —Craig L. Magnatta, DO, of Lake Orion, Michigan, was re-elected to the Board of Trustees for 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. Dr. Magnatta, an AOA board-certified family physician, was elected during the AOA’s Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates in Chicago.

“Historically a few states, like Michigan, have had larger numbers of DOs, but in recent years the DO population has grown throughout the country,” says Dr. Magnatta. “As a board member, I will work to make sure DOs have the resources they need to thrive both individually and collectively as a profession.”

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. Magnatta is in private practice at Rochester (Michigan) Medical Group, a division of the Oakland Medical Group, and Oxford (Michigan) Family Practice, a division of McLaren Medical Group in Oxford.

Dr. Magnatta has served the AOA in several capacities, including the Bureau of Communications. He is past president of the Michigan Osteopathic Association, Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians and Oakland County Osteopathic Medical Association. Dr. Magnatta also is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and chairman of the Michigan Primary Care Consortium.


After earning his osteopathic medical degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing, Dr. Magnatta completed his postdoctoral medical training at the Art Centre Hospital in Detroit.

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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