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Alumnus of the Year

Daniel L. Biery, D.O. Daniel L. Biery, D.O., FACOI, FACG, ’72
2003 Alumnus of the Year

For Daniel L. Biery, D.O., FACOI, FACG, ’72, his knowledge of the clinical benefits of osteopathic manipulation and the interaction of the mind, body, and spirit makes him well prepared to treat his patients--not just the illness.

“I feel that it is my job to act as an ambassador for the osteopathic community and have the chance to educate M.D.s that often do not have the opportunity to work with D.O.s,”said Dr. Biery, who practices gastroenterology at Clifton Springs Hospital in Clifton Springs, N.Y.

Said Dr. Biery “I want KCOM to be able to continue to educate and train osteopathic physicians and leaders for the future and help ensure that the college remains the premier school in osteopathic medicine. Without the educational opportunity that KCOM provided me, I doubt that I would be where I am today.”

He received his undergraduate education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After graduating from the College he completed an internal medicine residency at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and gastroenterology training at Martin Place Hospital (now St. Johns Hospital) in Madison Heights, Mich.

A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and the American College of Gastroenterology, he is also a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society, Atlas Club, Sigma Sigma Phi, and Psi Sigma Alpha. He is the Director for gastroenterology and endoscopy, past chair for the department of medicine, and past president of the medical staff at Clifton Springs Hospital.

Dr. Biery, selected as the Alumnus of the Year for 2003 by the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association (KOAA) Board of Directors, has been a supporter of the osteopathic profession and KCOM for many years. He served on the KOAA Board of Directors for nine years, and served as president in 1998-99.

“As a second generation graduate from the founding college of osteopathic medicine, I have seen the growth of the physical plant and the areas of education offered by KCOM and realize that giving back to the school is the right thing to do, he said.”Dr. Biery’s late father, Richard J. Biery D.O., ‘41, practiced OMM in Lima, Ohio, and one of his brothers, John C. Biery, D.O., ’74, practices sports medicine in Ottawa, Ohio.

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Purpose of Award

The Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association (KOAA) Board of Directors established the Alumnus of the Year Award in 1982 to recognize and honor Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) graduates who have made outstanding contributions to KCOM and the osteopathic profession.

The award provides the opportunity for fellow alumni, colleagues, patients, students, and friends of the recipient to honor the Alumnus of the Year and support the KCOM's education program.

All gifts received in honor of Dr. Biery are restricted for the KOAA/KCOM Education Program Fund.

You Can Make A Difference

To further its educational goals and remain a leader in osteopathic medical education, KCOM looks to its loyal graduates and friends for support. Your gift in Dr. Biery's honor will recognize his lifetime achievements and provide KCOM students with the opportunity to enhance their medical education.

Please use the online giving form to make your contribution. Dr. Biery will be notified of those who give in his honor.

KOAA/KCOM Education Program Fund

This fund provides needed support for the improvement of osteopathic medical education in all KCOM departments. As the founding college of osteopathic medicine, KCOM's mission is to prepare osteopathic physicians who are eminently qualified for the challenges of the 21st century. The goal of the fund is to assist in accomplishing this mission.

Interest income is used to enhance and/or acquire a variety of needed educational resources such as equipment, textbooks and resource books, professional periodicals, innovative educational programs, etc.

Selection of Programs

The number of educational programs funded each year is determined by the identified needs of the College. Annually, the KOAA awards committee receives project nominations of highest priority from the KCOM dean. The awards committee then reviews all nominated proposals and recommends to the KCOM president the project(s) to be funded.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Alumni Affairs by email ( or call 866.626.2878, ext. 2307 (toll free).

If you would like to send a gift, you may do so online.