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Shining stars of the profession recognized at OMED

AOA President Ronald Burns, DO, presented three Distinguished Service awards, a Mentor of the Year award and a DOCARE award.


On Friday at OMED 2019 in Baltimore, AOA President Ronald Burns, DO, presented several awards to individuals who have worked to advance the osteopathic profession. The awards include:

DOCARE’s Ernest A. Allaby Founder’s Award recognizes recipients who have proven their commitment to DOCARE’s goals through service to medically underserved people through participation in DOCARE outreach. This year’s winner was Kelli Glaser, DO.

Dr. Glaser has served as a DOCARE board member and DOCARE secretary, vice president and president. She has taken several trips to Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras with DOCARE. Her vision for the future of DOCARE is to grow its reach in the osteopathic profession and provide high-quality experiences for volunteers and patients.

The AOA’s Mentor of the Year Award recognizes the impact of a physician who guides students and residents to effective practice. This year’s winner, Gustav K. Barkett, DO, has been training and mentoring students and residents for nearly 20 years.

An ob-gyn, Dr. Barkett started his career in group practice in Muskegon, Michigan. He became director of the ob-gyn residency program at Mercy Health in Muskegon in 2000 and has served two stints as chief of the ob-gyn department there. In 2002, he became a surgical anatomy instructor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. 
Since 1994, Dr. Barkett has traveled to Togo to serve as a surgeon and instructor, and for nearly 15 years, he has trained residents there as well.

The AOA’s Distinguished Service Award is the organization’s most prestigious award. This year, Dr. Burns gave the award to three members of the profession.

  • Brian J. Donadio has served as executive director of the American College of Osteopathic Internists for nearly 30 years. He has mentored many ACOI members on their path through committee membership into leadership roles up to the ACOI presidency, including many who went on to serve as president of the AOA.
  • He has been an integral part of the ACOI council on education that oversaw residency training in AOA-accredited internal medicine programs, contributing to the development of excellent osteopathic internists nationwide. Through his leadership and mentorship, Brian has touched the lives of countless internists and thousands of patients.

  • Michael D. Lockwood, DO, is a professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine at Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Previously, he served A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine for many years in various positions, including clinician, professor and administrator.
  • Dr. Lockwood started a foundation dedicated to providing grants, education and support for adoptions and orphans. His medical mission trips have taken him to locations such as Afghanistan, Nepal and Haiti. In his endeavors, he has enriched the lives of thousands of patients, coworkers and students.

  • Stephen Winn has served as executive director of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association for 35 years. Winn has been widely recognized for his dedication, integrity and commitment to improving health care for the citizens of Florida.

He was previously recognized by the AOA as a Guardian of the Profession and won the AOA’s 2008 Mentor Hall of Fame award. He has guided and supported many Florida DOs and taught them to advocate for and advance the growing profession.

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