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Chila named ‘Educator of the Year’ by American Osteopathic Foundation

(ATHENS, Ohio – Oct. 8, 2013) Anthony Chila, D.O., professor emeritus in the Department of Family Medicine, received the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF) 2013 Educator of the Year award on Sunday, Sept. 29.

The AOF recognized Dr. Chila during the black-tie “HONORS” celebration during the American Osteopathic Association’s Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas.

Educator of the Year is awarded to an individual who emulates the osteopathic profession’s highest standards of excellence in teaching, is passionate about osteopathic medicine, and has made a significant impact on the academic advancement of osteopathic students and long-standing contributions to the profession in the academic arena.

“Dr. Chila has been an astounding ambassador for osteopathic medicine, both in the education of students and peers and in the clinical practice of osteopathic medicine. His reputation has expanded over the years and is evident by the extensive national and international requests for his teaching and lecturing,” said Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., who nominated Dr. Chila. “Clinically, Dr. Chila has a reputation with a reach that extends near and far. His patients come from adjacent states, as well as locally. He has served as a clinical mentor to faculty, residents and students.”

Dr. Chila’s contributions to the profession include several prominent roles with the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), including two and one-half terms as president and one term as secretary/treasurer. In addition, he served on the executive board of The Osteopathic Cranial Academy from 1988 to 1994 and served on its board of directors from 2004 to 2006.

Dr. Chila served as the executive editor of the third edition of the profession’s preeminent text, “Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine,” published in October 2010. He was also the editor for the American Academy of Osteopathy Journal for several years before taking on the “Foundations” editorial role. In addition, he serves as section editor on osteopathic medicine for The Journal of Craniomandibular Practice.

Also recognized this week by the AOF:

Valarie van Ravenswaay, OMS III – Welch Scholars Grant ($2,000). The Welch Scholars Grant helps defray costs during a student’s osteopathic medical education. Recipients are chosen for their outstanding academic achievement, participation in extracurricular activities, strong commitment toward osteopathic medicine and financial need.

Andrea S. Riffle, spouse of Gregory Riffle, OMS IV – Donna Jones Moritsugu Memorial Award.

This award recognizes an osteopathic professional’s partner for providing immeasurable support to his or her mate, family and the osteopathic profession, while being an individual in his/her own right.

Jennifer A. Lazor, D.O. (’12) – Rossnick Humanitarian Grant ($666). The Rossnick Humanitarian Grant program provides funding for members of the osteopathic profession who travel to underserved, underdeveloped or disaster-stricken areas to provide medical care.

The following students received grants from the HumanTouch Student Leadership Project, which aims to encourage osteopathic medical students to participate in public service projects that benefit communities in need and to promote leadership and teamwork within the osteopathic profession:

HumanTouch Student Leadership Project, Coachella Valley, Calif. ($850) – Heather Seedhouse, OMS III and Gordon Preston, OMS II.
HumanTouch Student Leadership Project, Staten Island, N.Y. ($1,100) – Neal Majumdar, OMS II;
Mike Mehta, OMS II; Gordon Preston, OMS II; Aung Pyie, OMS II; and Heather Seedhouse, OMS III.

In related news, Richard Schuster, D.O. (’94), professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine and chair of primary care at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indiana, received runner-up for the AOA Mentor of the Year Award during this year’s AOA event in Las Vegas.

Dr. Schuster completed a fellowship in osteopathic principles and practice before graduating. He completed a residency in family medicine at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky and a fellowship in sports medicine at the Toledo Hospital in Toledo. He served two years aboard USS Frank Cable as medical department head and one year as head of the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Team for Recruit Training Command, U.S. Navy. He joined MU-COM as a professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine in February.
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