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University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean Re-Elected as Trustee to American Osteopathic Association

July 24, 2014

(CHICAGO) – Boyd R. Buser, DO, of Pikeville, Kentucky, 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.  He is AOA board certified in osteopathic manipulative medicine and family medicine.

“As the dean of an osteopathic medical school, I have the unique privilege of watching students realize their dreams of becoming osteopathic physicians,” says Dr. Buser. “As an AOA trustee, I am given the opportunity to help shape the future of the profession in which they will soon practice.” 

Professional Background

Dr. Buser serves as the vice president for health affairs and dean of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (UP-KYCOM).  He also serves as professor of osteopathic principles and practice, and professor of family medicine at UP-KYCOM. Previously he served as the interim vice president and dean of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine, as well as associate dean for clinical affairs.

Dr. Buser has served the AOA in numerous capacities, including recently serving as the chair of the Department of Business Affairs and the Bureau of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Education Development. He also has chaired the Departments of Professional Affairs, Governmental Affairs and Educational Affairs. 

A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Dr. Buser is past president of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO). In addition, he is a past chair of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Osteopathic International Alliance. From 2011-2013, Dr. Buser served as co-chair of the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education.&

Honors and Awards

Dr. Buser received the A.T. Still Medallion of Honor from the AAO in 2010. Additionally, he was a recipient of the Riland Medal for Public Service from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013 as well as the Maine Osteopathic Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1996 and 2007. In 2013, Dr. Buser received the Santucci Award for outstanding contributions to the mission of the NBOME. 


Upon earning his osteopathic medical degree from the Des Moines (Iowa) University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Buser completed his postdoctoral medical training at the former Cranston General Hospital in Cranston, Rhode Island. 

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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