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IL: MWU Faculty, Alums Named Great Pioneers

August 13, 2008

by Jill Blair-Smith

More than 25 percent of the Great Pioneers in Osteopathic Medicine recently identified by the American Osteopathic Association are graduates of Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM). The list highlights 37 individuals who have made significant contributions to osteopathic medicine and includes nine CCOM graduates, two of whom currently teach at the University.

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) published the list of Great Pioneers in the July issue of DO Magazine. Those featured from CCOM include:

-- George T. Caleel, D.O., a 55-year veteran CCOM faculty member who was instrumental in securing full practice rights for DOs in Illinois;

-- J. Richard Costin, D.O., a leader in continuing education who established the Costin Institute for Osteopathic Medical Education at Midwestern University;

-- John H. Finley Jr., D.O., a former president of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, who served for 47 years as team physician for the National Hockey League¡¦s Detroit Red Wings, and is a longtime member of MWU Board of Trustees from 1990 to the present;

-- Robert E. Kappler, D.O., a CCOM faculty member and proponent of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) who led the effort to keep OMM an essential part of the curriculum;

-- Andrew Lovy, O.D., D.O., a decorated veteran who was the second D.O. to be commissioned as a medical officer in the U.S. armed services and received the Bronze Star Medal, the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, the Purple Heart, and other medals for his service;

-- Michael I. Opipari, D.O., an important contributor to the field of medical education, he oversaw the creation of the AOA¡¦s accreditation program for osteopathic postdoctoral training institutions;

-- Ellis Siefer, D.O., an early champion of the effort to make continuing medical education mandatory for osteopathic physicians;

-- William D. Strampel, D.O., an education and military leader who spearheaded the plan to construct a building in Malawi to house the African country¡¦s first magnetic resonance imaging unit;

-- Terrie E. Taylor, D.O., a key member of an international team of researchers studying the effects of malaria in African children in Malawi.

The AOA intends to record the oral history of each of the new inductees in an effort to preserve the history and traditions of osteopathic medicine. Midwestern University congratulates the CCOM graduates who were named Great Pioneers in Osteopathic Medicine and applauds their tremendous contributions to the medical profession.


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