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AOA installs longtime Heritage College advocate
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(Chicago, July 19, 2014) — Cleveland Clinic executive Robert S. Juhasz, D.O., who has been instrumental in helping develop the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s soon-to-open Cleveland campus, was installed Saturday as president of the American Osteopathic Association. Dr. Juhasz, who in 2011 was awarded the Heritage College’s Phillips Medal of Public Service, gave the commencement address to the college’s Class of 2014 in May.

AOA is the professional membership organization for the nation’s more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians and osteopathic medical students. Dr. Juhasz was sworn in as the organization’s 118th president during its annual House of Delegates meeting in Chicago.

Heritage College Executive Dean Kenneth H. Johnson, D.O., applauded the choice.

“Bob Juhasz has been a longtime friend and champion of the Heritage College, and obviously we’re excited to see him installed as AOA president,” Johnson said. “I can’t think of a better leader for the osteopathic medical profession during this time of enormous change and new possibilities.”

Throughout his four-decade career, Dr. Juhasz, an AOA board-certified internist, has always strived for professional growth, working his way up from an after-school job as a dishwasher to president of what is now Cleveland Clinic’s South Pointe Hospital in Warrensville Heights.

“Out of all the positions I held at the hospital, I really enjoyed being an orderly because it was an opportunity to help patients meet their basic needs, and I always felt the appreciation of not only the patients but their families as well,” he said. “Many of my mentors taught me that we could improve health care by treating patients the way we would want ourselves and our families to be treated. As AOA president, I want to ensure D.O.s have the resources they need to provide the best care for their patients.”

Dr. Juhasz has been instrumental in helping the Heritage College, in partnership with Cleveland Clinic, create its new Cleveland campus on the South Pointe Hospital site, which will welcome its inaugural class next July. The new campus is meant to improve access to primary care physicians in northeast Ohio. Dr. Juhasz recently served as associate dean for the Heritage College’s northeast Ohio campus and is an associate clinical professor of medicine at the college. He is also assistant clinical professor at the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western University.

A pioneer in the adoption of electronic health records, Dr. Juhasz was actively involved with implementing the electronic medical record system at the Cleveland Clinic before many physicians were using these systems. In 2005, he participated in a panel with then-President George W. Bush to discuss the benefits of electronic medical records. Dr. Juhasz uses electronic health records as a tool to educate patients and to engage them as partners in their care.

He has been named a “Top Doc” by Cleveland Magazine for several years and appeared in the former Northern Ohio Live – Best Doctors in Cleveland listing. He has received the Ohio Osteopathic Association’s Trustee Award and was named an Honorary Alumnus of the Heritage College in 2008.

After graduating from the Kansas City (Mo.) University of Medicine and Biosciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Juhasz completed his internship and internal medicine residency training at what is now South Pointe Hospital. He is a fellow and diplomat of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

The AOA’s House of Delegates, with more than 500 delegates representing osteopathic state medical associations, specialty societies, interns, residents and students from throughout the country, meets annually in July to set organizational policies and elect new officers.

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