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Osteopathic Physician of West Palm Beach Re-elected to the American Osteopathic Association’s Board of Trustees

July 28, 2014

(CHICAGO) – Joseph A. Giaimo, DO, of West Palm Beach, Florida, 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. 

“As an osteopathic internist, I see previously uninsured patients who at one time didn’t have access to a physician now coming in for regular examinations and thinking about preventive care,” says Dr. Giaimo. “This is such an important time in health care delivery and I am honored to serve not only my fellow DOs, but our patients as an AOA Trustee.” 

A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American College of Chest Physicians, Dr. Giaimo is an AOA-board certified osteopathic internal and pulmonary medicine physician in private practice in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In addition to his work in pulmonology, Dr. Giaimo specializes in various forms of sleep medicine, including treatment of insomnia and hypersomnia.

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. Giaimo has been a member of the AOA’s House of Delegates since 2000 and has served as chair of the AOA’s Bureau of Communications and Bureau of State Government Affairs. He is also a past president of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA), and has served on FOMA’s executive committee for eight years.

A health policy fellow of the AOA, Dr. Giaimo served on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Practicing Physicians Advisory Council (PPAC), which, before being disbanded, provided input to the federal government on how CMS rules affect practicing physicians.

Honors and Awards

In 2010, Dr. Giaimo was honored by FOMA as the Physician of the Year. He was also given the American Lung Association of Florida Physician Appreciation Award in 2006. 


After earning his osteopathic medical degree at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Giaimo completed a rotating internship at the former Metropolitan Hospital of Philadelphia and a res​idency at 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.

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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