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

July 25, 2014    

(CHICAGO) — Mark S. Cantieri, DO, of Mishawaka, Indiana, 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. Cantieri is an AOA board-certified osteopathic manipulative medicine specialist.

“Despite advancements made throughout its 140 year history, the core principle of osteopathic medicine remains the same today as it did on day one: treating patients as a whole and focusing on preventive medicine,” says Dr. Cantieri, who was re-elected during the AOA’s Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates in Chicago. “My goal as a board member is to help guide the profession to meet the challenges of health care while providing the best services to our 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

A fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), Dr. Cantieri is the chief executive officer of Corrective Care, PC, in Mishawaka.

A clinical assistant professor at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Cantieri has served the osteopathic medical profession in many capacities, including as president of the AAO, a member of the AOA’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation and a member of the AOA’s Strategic Planning Committee.

Honors and Awards

Dr. Cantieri has been honored for his service and contributions to osteopathic medical research with a number of awards, including the AOA’s George W. Northup, DO, Medical Writing Award, the AAO’s Thomas L. Northup Lecturer Award, the Kinsinger Award for Outstanding Service to the Indiana Osteopathic Association, and the AAO’s A.T. Still Medallion of Honor.


After Dr. Cantieri earned his osteopathic medical degree from what is now the Des Moines (Iowa) University College of Osteopathic Medicine (DMU-COM), he completed a rotating internship at the former Des Moines General Hospital and a fellowship in DMU-COM’s Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.

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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