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ATSU-KCOM alumnus receives Distinguished Service Award from AAO

On Friday, March 23, Edward G. Stiles, DO, FAAO, ‘65 (center), received the FAAO Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Osteopathy’s Committee on Fellowship in AAO (FAAO). Also pictured: David B. Fuller, DO, FAAO (left), the committee’s chair, and John C. Glover, MS, DO, FAAO (right).

Edward G. Stiles, DO, FAAO, ’65, of Lexington, Kentucky, received the Distinguished Service Award from Committee on Fellowship in the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) on March 23 at the academy’s annual convocation in Dallas. The Fellow of American Academy of Osteopathy (FAAO) Distinguished Service Award is presented to fellows who have distinguished themselves in contributions to osteopathic literature, research, osteopathic education, service to AAO, public relations, service to public health, osteopathic medical economics and advocacy, or development of osteopathic theories, methods, or procedures.

A graduate of A.T. Still University’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM), Dr. Stiles completed an internship at Waterville Hospital in Waterville, Maine. In 1968, Dr. Stiles assumed the practice of internationally recognized physician Perrin T. Wilson, DO, the first president of AAO.

In 1973, Dr. Stiles established and served as the director of the first hospital-based osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) service in the country at Waterville Osteopathic Hospital

Dr. Stiles then established an OMT practice in Norman, Oklahoma, and he served as professor and chair of the Osteopathic Principles and Practice (OPP) department at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also has served as a clinical professor of biomechanics at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and he currently serves as director of musculoskeletal medicine at the Pikeville Medical Center and as professor in the OPP department at the University of Pikeville–Kentucky College Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Stiles, an honorary life member of AAO, has received numerous honors, including the Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor which recognizes AAO members who have exhibited an exceptional understanding and application of osteopathic principles and concepts and for outstanding accomplishments in scientific or professional affairs. Dr. Stiles also has been honored with American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) House of Delegates A. T. Still Memorial Lecture Award and the AOA’s Great Pioneer of Osteopathic Medicine Award.

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