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AOA honors leaders for advancing the osteopathic profession

The 2020 AOA Presidential Citations were presented during the House of Delegates meeting on Saturday, July 18.


On Saturday, the AOA recognized the following leaders for their efforts to support and advance the osteopathic medical profession.

AOA Presidential Citations

2019-20 AOA President Ronald Burns, DO, honored three leaders in the osteopathic medical profession with Presidential Citations. They are:

  • John R. Gimpel, DO, MEd, who has made significant contributions to advance osteopathic medicine in the U.S. and internationally during his 11 years as the president and CEO of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME). In his role with the NBOME, he has played an integral role in developing, refining and administering critically important assessment tools that help ensure the public is treated by competent and empathetic osteopathic physicians.
  • Val Carr, who has provided strategic leadership in the areas of executive administration, governance, operations management and organizational change as chief of staff of the AOA. She is also the founder of a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering leadership skills among children and teenagers in at-risk situations and/or communities. Professionally, she has devoted most of her career to supporting the mission and advancement of non-profit health care organizations, including seven years of service to the AOA.
  • Kevin M. Klauer, DO, EJD, who has dedicated his career to the osteopathic medical profession through health care and physician leadership, osteopathic medical education and patient-centered clinical care. In his first year as the AOA’s CEO, he has helped the profession achieve significant advancements. He continues to serve as the chief advocate for the nation’s over 151,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students by promoting regulatory improvements that advance the practice of medicine and increase access to care.

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