Western University of Health Sciences Associate Professor Michael A. Seffinger, DO, FAAFP, will be sworn in as the 75th president of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) Saturday, March 19, 2011 during the 2011 AAO Convocation in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Seffinger is chair of the Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (NMM/OMM) Department in the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP).

Seffinger has been a member of AAO for 25 years, beginning when he was still an osteopathic medical student at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he graduated in 1988.

AAO is a component society within the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) dedicated to teaching, researching and advancing the philosophy, science and art of osteopathic principles and practices with a focus on osteopathic manipulative medicine, Seffinger said.

Seffinger serves the AOA as Vice-chair of the Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research, is an associate editor and author for the AOA’s standard textbook, Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine, serves on the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) Advisory Board, writes a quarterly column, The Somatic Connection, for the JAOA and was managing editor of the California DO Journal of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California from 2004-08. He has received the California state osteopathic association’s Most Valuable Physician Award and several awards for his service to the DOs in California.