The American Academy of Osteopathy, the nation’s largest medical society devoted to fostering neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM), honored several osteopathic colleagues during its AAO Convocation in Orlando, Florida, last month.
Richard A. Feely, DO, of Chicago, received the AAO’s highest honor on March 16 during the AAO’s Convocation. Named the Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor, the award is given to AAO members who have exhibited an exceptional understanding and application of osteopathic principles and concepts and for outstanding accomplishments in scientific or professional affairs.
The AAO also appointed the following to its leadership:
Kendi L. Hensel, DO, Ph.D., of Fort Worth, Texas, was installed as president of the AAO.
Dr. Hensel is an associate professor in the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. In 2011, she completed a National Institutes of Health-funded study on OMM in pregnancy.
“We have a wealth of shared experiences that are based on a joy of helping others, a common passion for this work, and an openness with our patients and our colleagues,” Dr. Hensel said in her inaugural address. “This is what sets us apart as our distinctive identity.”
Paul R. Rennie, DO, of Henderson, Nevada, was chosen as president-elect of the AAO.
A graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Iowa, Dr. Rennie has chaired the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine (TUNCOM) in Henderson for 11 years. He is board certified in NMM/OMM and in osteopathic family medicine.
Malinda M. Hansen, DO, MS, of Fort Worth, Texas, was named the 2019 Resident of the Year.
The award recognizes a resident who has contributed to the AAO; who has contributed to osteopathic principles and practices (OPP) at his or her residency program; and who has participated in such educational events as the AAO’s annual Convocation and the AAO’s program at the AOA’s annual conference. Dr. Hansen is finishing a combined family medicine and osteopathic neuromusculoskeletal medicine (FM/ONMM) residency at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) in Fort Worth.