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

Aug. 8, 2014

(CHICAGO) — Ronald R. Burns, DO, of Winter Park, 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. Dr. Burns is an AOA board-certified family physician.

“I always encourage my patients to be active participants with their health by making healthy lifestyle choices and coming in for annual physical examinations,” says Dr. Burns, who was re-elected during the AOA’s Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates in Chicago. “Likewise, the AOA needs members to be active participants with the health of the osteopathic medical profession. My goal as a board member is to foster this participation by encouraging DOs to advocate for the 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

An active member of the AOA Board of Trustees since 2007, Dr. Burns has served the board in several capacities, including chair of the Department of Business Affairs.

In addition to his service to the AOA, Dr. Burns is past president of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA). He serves on the board of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners and is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

Honors and Awards

Dr. Burns received FOMA’s Physician of the Year award in 2002 as well as its Distinguished Service Award in 2007.


Dr. Burns completed his osteopathic medicine degree from what is now the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens. Following completion of his degree, he completed his postdoctoral medical training at the Doctors Hospital of Stark County in Massillon, Ohio, and the Florida Hospital – East Orlando.

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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