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Cedar Knolls Physician Elected Third Vice President to the American Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees

July 30, 2014

(CHICAGO) — Ira P. Monka, DO, of Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, was elected third 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. Monka, an AOA board-certified family physician, was elected during the AOA’s Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates in Chicago.

“As a primary care physician, I strive to connect with my patients and form a partnership as they work to achieve a healthy lifestyle,” says Dr. Monka. “I look forward to building a similar partnership with leadership as we work to achieve a strong and vibrant osteopathic medical 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

A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Dr. Monka practices at the Medical Institute of New Jersey in Cedar Knolls. He has been named a “Top Doc” by New Jersey Monthly Magazine for several years, including in 2013.

Prior to being elected third vice president, Dr. Monka served the AOA in other capacities including member of the Bureau of State Government Affairs and program chair for OMED 2012 – the Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition. He is past president of the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons.


Dr. Monka earned his osteopathic medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, which became part of Rowan University as the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in July 2013.

He completed an internship at the former Humana Hospital in South Broward, Florida, where he served as chief resident, and a residency at what is now Overlook Medical Center in Union, New Jersey.

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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