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Erie Physician Elected Second Vice President to the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees

July 25, 2014

(CHICAGO) — Frank M. Tursi, DO, of Erie, Pennsylvania, was elected second vice president of 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. Tursi, an AOA board-certified family physician, was elected during the AOA’s Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates in Chicago.

“It is an exciting time as the osteopathic medical profession looks for ways to broaden its reach from engaging in more research to raising the profession’s visibility,” says Dr. Tursi. “As a board member, I hope to engage my peers to assist leadership with taking our profession to the next level.”

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. Tursi works for Medical Associates of Erie. He is a professor of family medicine at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie and a former director of medical education at Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie.

In addition to his involvement in the AOA, Dr. Tursi is past president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association and a member of the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine.


After earning his osteopathic medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Tursi completed an internship at Millcreek Community 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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