March 15, 2024

Indianapolis— William Stager DO, MPH, MS, FAAFP, FAAMA, FAAO, FACOFP dist., of West Palm Beach, FL, was installed as the president of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 9 during the AAO 2024 annual Convocation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Before becoming president, Dr. Stager served for one year as the president-elect of the AAO, the nation’s largest medical society devoted to fostering neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM).

William Stager DO, MPH, MS, FAAFP, FAAMA, FAAO, FACOFP dist., is in solo private practice in West Palm Beach, practicing direct primary care and osteopathic manual medicine. Dr. Bill Stager has BA (Philosophy) and MS (Anatomy) degrees from Rutgers University, an undergraduate OPP Fellowship and DO degree from NSUCOM in 1989, and MPH from ATSU in 2009. He completed a rotating internship at Humana South Broward Hospital in 1990. He has been in holistic private practice combining NMM/OMM, Family Medicine, and Medical Acupuncture in the Palm Beach area since 1990. He is Board Certified in NMM/OMM and Family Medicine, and is a Fellow of the AAFP, AAO, AAFP, and AAMA, and distinguished fellow of ACOFP.

He is a Life Member of the AAO and Osteopathic Cranial Academy, and an active member of the AOA, FOMA, AAO, ACOFP, FSACOFP, and FAO, serving on various committees and boards, including the AOA House of Delegates, FOMA Director-at-Large, FOMA President, FSACOFP President (2008-2009), the two-term FAO President, and NSUCOM Alumni Association Executive Committee President and Trustee. His many awards include the 2008 NSUCOM Distinguished Alumni Award, 2007 FOMA Presidential Achievement Award, 2007 AOA Mentor of the Year Nominee Finalist Award, the 2010 FSACOFP Physician of the Year Award, the 2011 FAO Distinguished Service Award, the 2013 AOA Unsung Heroes Award, the 2013 AOA Guardians of the Profession Award, the 2015 NSUCOM Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award, and the 2015 NSUCOM Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Stager has taught NMM/OMM all over the USA, Canada, Norway, and China and has published over 200 articles and papers in health and fitness magazines and several in peer-reviewed medical journals. He is section editor and contributing author of the 2014 2nd edition of the ACOFP textbook Somatic Dysfunction in Osteopathic Family Medicine.

For more information on Dr. Stager and his role in the AAO, contact Sherri L. Quarles, Chief Executive Officer at the American Academy of Osteopathy at (317) 879-1881, ext. 214, or at [email protected].

The United States currently has more than 120,000 osteopathic physicians. Also known as DOs, osteopathic physicians are fully licensed physicians, as are MDs. The profession has grown 63% in the past decade and nearly 300% over the past three decades. Osteopathic physicians prescribe medicine and practice in all specialties, including osteopathic manipulative medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, and surgery. They are trained to consider the health of the whole person and to use their hands to help diagnose and treat patients.

The mission of the American Academy of Osteopathy is to teach, promote, and research the science, art and philosophy of osteopathic medicine, emphasizing the integration of osteopathic principles and practice in patient care. Founded in 1937, the Academy is the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine specialty college of the American Osteopathic Association.


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