2018-2019 Board, left to right: Antony Nicholas (AU), Stephen Hartshorn (UK), Boyd Buser (US) – Treasurer, Ana Paula Ferreira (BR) – Chair-Elect, Bill Burke (US) – Chair, Jan Willcox (US), Philippe Sterlingot (FR), Frank Mueller (DE), John Gimpel (US), Charles Hunt (UK) – Immediate Past Chair
William Burke DO (US)
Chair Dr. Burke has served on the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees since 2010 and has been appointed to numerous bureaus, councils and committees of the AOA. Dr. Burke, a board-certified Family Physician and Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, is dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Central Ohio campus (Dublin, Ohio, USA). Dr. Burke earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at OU-HCOM and completed his internship and residency at Doctors Hospital of Columbus, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Burke currently serves as Director of the International Primary Care Educational Alliance. As part of the China Primary Care Program Team, he has made annual trips to Chengdu, Deyang, Leshan and Luzhou, China, since 2007, where he provided formal and informal education on the outpatient approach to common primary care conditions and family practice residency training.
Ana Paula A. Ferreira DO (BR)
Chair-Elect Ana Paula A. Ferreira is osteopath graduated from the Instituto Brasileiro de Osteopatia – IBO and registered on Registro Brasileiro dos Osteopatas – RBrO in 2002. She works in private practice in Rio de Janeiro and as teacher of osteopathic training since 2003. Ana Paula has developed numerous new subject curricula and reviewed many exiting modules of the training program of IBO. She has worked as volunteer from 1998 to 2004 at the first public osteopathic outpatient clinic at Rio de Janeiro. Ana Paula is the past chair of the Registro Brasileiro dos Osteopatas - RBrO that is leading the regulation process of osteopathy as a profession in Brazil. She has been serving RBrO since 2007. Ana Paula was part of the IBO board from 2009 to 2013. In 2015 Ana Paula obtained Master Degree in UNISUAM RJ and she is part of the team developing palpatory research on Pedro Ernesto University Hospital/ UERJ in Rio de Janeiro. She is an international affiliated member of American Academy of Osteopathy.
Chair, Membership Committee
Boyd 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.
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.
Stephen Hartshorn DO (UK)
Allocated Seat Mr. Hartshorn graduated from the College of Osteopaths in 2007 and now runs a successful osteopathic practice in Swansea, England. Before his osteopathic training, Stephen held senior roles in both the public and private sectors, and his experience working with an NHS Trust has given him a thorough understanding of the various dimensions of health care delivery and its impact on patients, which has subsequently underpinned his experience as a clinician. Mr. Hartshorn was elected president of the British Osteopathic Association in 2013 (now the Institute of Osteopathy).
Chair, Governance Committee
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 the Deputy Chair on the Allied Health Professions Australia’s Board, a peak alliance of 22 allied health professions, 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, Conference Organizing Committee
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. This is his first term on the OIA board.
Chair, Public and Member Relations Committee
Philippe Sterlingot , DO (France)
At-Large Member. Having initially studied biology, Philippe 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.
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 joined VCOM in 2001 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.