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Thomas Cavalieri, DO, honored for leadership in profession

Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, receives the AOA’s Distinguished Service Certificate, which recognizes his work as an advocate for older adults.


Thomas A. Cavalieri, DO, the dean of the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) in Stratford, New Jersey, recently received the American Osteopathic Association’s Distinguished Service Certificate.

The award, the AOA’s highest honor, recognizes Dr. Cavalieri’s leadership in geriatrics and osteopathic medical education. It was presented during OMED 2015 in Orlando, Florida.

“As a geriatric educator and clinician, Dr. Cavalieri has been an advocate for older adults for more than 30 years, raising the standard of care and helping RowanSOM achieve national renown in the field of geriatrics,” says AOA President John W. Becher, DO.

During his tenure as dean, Dr. Cavalieri has focused on strengthening RowanSOM’s curriculum, in particular the medical school’s geriatrics training. RowanSOM students study end-of-life care during all four years of medical school and complete rotations in geriatrics, pain and palliative care at the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging, which is based at RowanSOM.

Several publications, including Philadelphia Magazine, New Jersey Monthly and South Jersey Magazine, have named Dr. Cavalieri a Top Doc in geriatrics. A past president of the American College of Osteopathic Internists, Dr. Cavalieri also received an Academic Career Leadership award from the National Institute on Aging and was named Physician of the Year by the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. He also was inducted into the AOA’s Mentor Hall of Fame.

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