2019-2020 Board, left to right:  Charles Hunt (UK) – Immediate Past Chair, Bill Burke (US) – Chair, Boyd Buser (US) – Treasurer, Ana Paula Ferreira (BR) – Chair-Elect, John Gimpel (US), Frank Mueller (DE), Philippe Sterlingot (FR), Jan Willcox (US), Antony Nicholas (AU), and Maurice Cheng (UK).  

William J. Burke, DO (US)

Chair.  William J. Burke, DO, FACOFP serves as Dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM), Dublin Campus.  His previous positions included Vice President of Medical Education and Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital.  He is also an associate professor of family medicine with tenure at OUHCOM.  Dr. Burke has been actively involved in graduate and undergraduate medical education for over 25 years.  He received his BA in history from Capital University and his doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine in 1988 from Ohio University.  Dr. Burke is board-certified in Osteopathic Family Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.   He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the American Osteopathic Association, and is a founding director of the International Primary Care Educational Alliance – an organization focused on providing Chinese physicians with education via a train-the-trainer program to assist in the retraining of former subspecialists to provide primary care services in community health centers.

Ana Paula A. Ferreira, DO (BR)

Chair-Elect  Ana Paula A. Ferreira is an osteopath graduated from the Instituto Brasileiro de Osteopatia (IBO) and has been registered with the Registro Brasileiro dos Osteopatas (RBrO) since 2002. She has been working in private practice in Rio de Janeiro and as a teacher of osteopathic training since 2002. Ana Paula has developed numerous new subject curricula and reviewed many existing modules of the training program of IBO. She worked as a volunteer from 1998 to 2004 at the first public osteopathic outpatient clinic in Rio de Janeiro. Ana Paula is a former chair of the RBrO, which is leading the regulation process of osteopathy as a profession in Brazil, and has served on that board since 2007. She also served on the board of the IBO from 2009 to 2013. Ana Paula earned her Master's Degree at UNISUAM RJ in 2015, earning a Ph.D. degree from the same program in 2020.  She is part of the team developing palpatory research at Pedro Ernesto University Hospital/ UERJ in Rio de Janeiro. Ana Paula is an international affiliate member of the American Academy of Osteopathy. Chair, Conference Organizing Committee.

Boyd R. Buser, DO (US)

Treasurer and Allocated Seat  Boyd R. Buser, D.O. served as the 120th President of the American Osteopathic Association.  From 2007 until 2018, Dr. Buser was Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the University of Pikeville’s Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He is a graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine, is dually board certified in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Family Medicine, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.  He has taught extensively both nationally and internationally in the field of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.  Dr. Buser is a past Chairman of the Board of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) and was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Osteopathic International Alliance.  In 1995, Dr. Buser served as President of the American Academy of Osteopathy and was named Educator of the Year by the AOA and American Osteopathic Foundation in 1994. Chair, Nominations Committee.

Charles Hunt, DO (UK)

Past Chair Mr. Hunt has over 22 years’ experience in osteopathic education. He graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1989 and worked in private practice until 2011 with a special interest in sports medicine. He is currently Principal and Chief Executive at the University College of Osteopathy (formerly British School of Osteopathy), previously having been Vice Principal with responsibility for clinical practice. He sat for four years on the Academic Board of the University of Bedfordshire, which was responsible for academic strategy. He is a member of the Council of Osteopathic Education Institutions in the UK, and has sat on the Quality Assurance Agency benchmarking working group for osteopathy.  Chair: WHO Global Sruvey Task Force.

Maurice Cheng (UK)

Allocated Seat  Maurice has a background in strategy development and marketing consultancy.  Since 2000 he has specialised in professional association management, at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, the Institute of Healthcare Management, the Institute of Payroll Professionals, and the Association of Costs Lawyers.  In the regulatory sector he has acted as strategy consultant for the General Optical Council and the Bar Standards Board. Maurice was appointed Chief Executive of the Institute of Osteopathy in 2013, and also serves as Chief Executive of the European Federation and Forum for Osteopathy (EFFO), non executive trustee of North London YMCA, Chair of the UK’s National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR), and joined the Board of the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA) in 2019. 

John Gimpel, DO (US)

Member At-Large Dr. John Gimpel is President and CEO of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME). He has served in this position since 2009, and has been affiliated with the NBOME since 1995, including former roles of Board Member and Vice President for Clinical Skills Testing. Dr. Gimpel graduated with the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 1988. He completed a rotating internship and family medicine residency training at the Hospital of PCOM/Saint Agnes Medical Center and the Chestnut Hill Hospital/Thomas Jefferson University program. He also holds a master’s degree in Education from La Salle University. Board Certified and Recertified in Family Medicine, Dr. Gimpel has served as Director of Pre-doctoral Education and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and he is the former Dean and Vice President for Health Services at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) in Biddeford, Maine. Dr. Gimpel is also a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Antony Nicholas (AU)

At-Large Member Mr. Antony Nicholas has been the Chief Executive of the national professional association Osteopathy Australia since late 2007, and is the current Deputy Chair on the Allied Health Professions Australia’s Board, a peak alliance of 22 allied health professions, and been a Director since 2010. Antony studied Biological Sciences at Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia, with further post-graduate studies in Education and Natural Resource Management. Antony has a diverse career background in lobbying, policy development, health, health promotion, health-consumer rights, education and dispute resolution, mainly within the not-for-profit sector.   Chair, Governance Committee; Chair, WHO Glossary Task Force.

Frank Mueller, MD, DO (Germany)

At-Large Member Frank Mueller is a medical doctor board-certified by the German Chamber of Physicians in orthopedic surgery, manual medicine, acupuncture, sports medicine, physical therapy, emergency care, and psychosomatic interventions. He is the vice-president of the German-American Academy of Osteopathy (DAAO), and is the current president of the European Register of Osteopathic Physicians. In addition, he is a founding member of the Professional Organization of German Osteopathic Physician Organizations (BDOAE) and has served as their delegate to the annual general meetings of the OIA since 2012.  Chair, Public and Member Relations Committee.

Philippe Sterlingot, DO (France)

At-Large Member.  Having initially studied biology, Mr. Sterlingot graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1987, and then as an osteopath in 1996 from the Collège International d’Ostéopathie – CIDO Saint-Etienne. He has been running a private practice since 1996 and, in 2002, was elected Chair of the Syndicat Français Des Ostéopathes.  In 2007 Phillipe obtained a Masters in Law, with a focus on health.  As national representative of French Osteopaths, he has been closely involved throughout the process of osteopathic recognition and regulation in France which began in 2002.  Philippe has been an International affiliated member of the American Academy of Osteopathy since 2003 and the Osteopathic Cranial Academy since 2011. He is also Vice-Chair of the Forum for Osteopathic Regulation in Europe (FORE), an office he has held for the past two years.  Chair, Membership Committee.

Jan Willcox, DO (US)

At-Large Member.  Dr. Willcox is the Dean and Professor of Family Medicine for the Virginia Campus of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM).  She is board certified in Family Medicine and is also a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. She joined VCOM in 2002 as the founding Associate Dean of Clinical Academic Affairs and played an integral role in the development of VCOM’s curriculum and medical education programs.  Since 2013 she has served as chair for American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine's International Collaborative, which facilitates and provides structure for educational efforts occurring at colleges of osteopathic medicine around global health and international rotations. Dr. Willcox has over 20 years of experience in higher education administration and was recognized as the Guardian of the Profession by the American Osteopathic Association. Born and raised in Kirksville, Missouri, where osteopathy was founded 125 years ago this year, Dr. Willcox has a passion for osteopathy.