individuals honored at OOA convention
alumni, faculty and staff were recognized at this year’s Ohio
Osteopathic Association Convention
director of medical development,
receiving the sixth annual Osteopathic Spirit Award
By Richard Heck
June 25, 2009
students, alumni, faculty and staff received recognition and
appointments to key leadership positions at the 111th
annual Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA) Convention, June 18 - 21,
in Sandusky, Ohio.
For the second
year in a row, an OU-COM alumnus was installed as OOA president.
Christopher Loyke, D.O. (’88), succeeded Barbara Bennett,
D.O. (’84), as president, becoming the fifth OU-COM graduate to
lead the statewide association.
physician from Cleveland, Loyke has been actively involved in
organized medicine since the 1990s. He served twice as president of
the Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine before joining the OOA
board in 2001.
As an OU-COM
clinical associate professor of family medicine at South Pointe
Hospital, Loyke was twice named Outstanding Family Physician at the
Centers for Osteopathic Research & Education (CORE) site. Loyke has
a private practice in Sagamore Hills and serves as medical staff
president at Parma Community General Hospital.
continuing service on the OOA executive committee is John Ramey,
D.O. (’82), who is the new second vice president. He served as
treasurer this past year.
Rettos, D.O. (’04), who
runs a local private practice, Athens Health Solutions, received the
Young Family Physician of the Year Award from the Ohio chapter of
the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Zimmerman, MPA, director
of medical development and executive director of alumni affairs,
received the sixth annual Osteopathic Spirit Award. Established in
2004, the award honors individuals who demonstrate extraordinary
commitment to promoting the osteopathic profession. Recipients of
the award must meet the following criteria:
osteopathic public education and awareness.
service to either patients and/or the community.
spirit of caring that embodies the osteopathic
Has served the
osteopathic profession for five or more years.
been an excellent role model, constantly giving and representing the
osteopathic profession through her leadership, professional
achievements and dedication,” wrote Timothy J. Barreiro, D.O.,
CORE clinical assistant professor of critical care medicine, who
Zimmerman was the leading force in the development of a
comprehensive office of alumni affairs and the annual OU-COM
continuing medical education events.
recent professional achievement has been her leadership in the
college’s advancement efforts with regard to Ohio University’s new
Academic & Research Center,” Barreiro wrote. “Sharon’s enthusiasm
and determination have been at the forefront of an unprecedented
rallying of graduates donating to this new center. She possesses a
spirited and unrelenting drive that serves to move the OU-COM family
forward and to new heights.”
P. Cashen, D.O., CORE
clinical professor of general surgery at St. Vincent Mercy Medical
Center, received the Trustees Award. The award is given periodically
for dedicated service to the OOA
Two OU-COM students placed in the
OOA-CORE Research Poster Exhibition & Competition’s case report
category. Family Medicine Fellow
first place with her presentation, “Stiff person syndrome
followed by latent autoimmune diabetes of adulthood,” while
Kevin Baxter, OMS II,
tied for second with his poster, “Panretinal acute multifocal
placoid pigment epitheliopathy.” Holt won $1,000 and Baxter, $500.
Bucholz, D.O., assistant
dean emeritus, and J. Phillip Jones, D.O., professor emeritus
of pediatrics, were honored with OOA Life Member Awards.
The OOA recognized a 2004 winner of
OU-COM’s Phillips Medal of Public with the organization’s highest
honor. Boyd W. Bowden II, D.O., of Columbus, a former
American Osteopathic Association trustee, received the Distinguished
Service Award, the highest honor given to an osteopathic physician
who has shown outstanding accomplishments in personal, scientific
and professional affairs, especially in service to the osteopathic
profession in Ohio.
CORE faculty and/or alumni who presented or spoke at the convention
Barreiro, D.O. (’97),
CORE clinical assistant professor of critical care
medicine (St. Joseph Health Center)
Barbara Bennett, D.O. (’84)
Robert A. Cain,
CORE clinical professor of pulmonology (Grandview
Constance P. Cashen,
CORE clinical professor of general surgery (St.
Vincent Mercy Medical Center)
Nicole B. Danner,
D.O. (’84), M.S.,
CORE clinical assistant professor of neurology (Firelands
Regional Medical Center)
Cynthia S. Kelley,
Leuthaeuser, D.O. (’98),
CORE clinical associate professor of family medicine
(South Pointe Hospital)
Marc D. Schrode,
of family medicine
Jay H. Shubrook
Jr., D.O. (’96),
assistant professor of family medicine
VanNostran, D.O. (’98),
CORE clinical assistant professor of family medicine
(Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital)