Chila named ‘Educator of the
Year’ by American Osteopathic Foundation
(ATHENS, Ohio – Oct.
8, 2013) Anthony Chila, D.O., professor emeritus in the Department
of Family Medicine, received the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF)
2013 Educator of the Year award on Sunday, Sept. 29.
The AOF recognized Dr. Chila during the black-tie “HONORS”
celebration during the American Osteopathic Association’s
Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas.
Educator of the Year is awarded to an individual who emulates the
osteopathic profession’s highest standards of excellence in
teaching, is passionate about osteopathic medicine, and has made a
significant impact on the academic advancement of osteopathic
students and long-standing contributions to the profession in the
“Dr. Chila has been an astounding ambassador for osteopathic
medicine, both in the education of students and peers and in the
clinical practice of osteopathic medicine. His reputation has
expanded over the years and is evident by the extensive national and
international requests for his teaching and lecturing,” said
Executive Dean Kenneth Johnson, D.O., who nominated Dr. Chila.
“Clinically, Dr. Chila has a reputation with a reach that extends
near and far. His patients come from adjacent states, as well as
locally. He has served as a clinical mentor to faculty, residents
Dr. Chila’s contributions to the profession include several
prominent roles with the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO),
including two and one-half terms as president and one term as
secretary/treasurer. In addition, he served on the executive board
of The Osteopathic Cranial Academy from 1988 to 1994 and served on
its board of directors from 2004 to 2006.
Dr. Chila served as the executive editor of the third edition of the
profession’s preeminent text, “Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine,”
published in October 2010. He was also the editor for the American
Academy of Osteopathy Journal for several years before taking on the
“Foundations” editorial role. In addition, he serves as section
editor on osteopathic medicine for The Journal of Craniomandibular
Also recognized this week by the AOF:
Valarie van Ravenswaay, OMS III – Welch Scholars Grant ($2,000). The
Welch Scholars Grant helps defray costs during a student’s
osteopathic medical education. Recipients are chosen for their
outstanding academic achievement, participation in extracurricular
activities, strong commitment toward osteopathic medicine and
Andrea S. Riffle, spouse of Gregory Riffle, OMS IV – Donna Jones
Moritsugu Memorial Award.
This award recognizes an osteopathic professional’s partner for
providing immeasurable support to his or her mate, family and the
osteopathic profession, while being an individual in his/her own
Jennifer A. Lazor, D.O. (’12) – Rossnick Humanitarian Grant ($666).
The Rossnick Humanitarian Grant program provides funding for members
of the osteopathic profession who travel to underserved,
underdeveloped or disaster-stricken areas to provide medical care.
The following students received grants from the HumanTouch Student
Leadership Project, which aims to encourage osteopathic medical
students to participate in public service projects that benefit
communities in need and to promote leadership and teamwork within
the osteopathic profession:
HumanTouch Student Leadership Project, Coachella Valley, Calif.
($850) – Heather Seedhouse, OMS III and Gordon Preston, OMS II.
HumanTouch Student Leadership Project, Staten Island, N.Y. ($1,100)
– Neal Majumdar, OMS II;
Mike Mehta, OMS II; Gordon Preston, OMS II; Aung Pyie, OMS II; and
Heather Seedhouse, OMS III.
In related news, Richard Schuster, D.O. (’94), professor of
osteopathic manipulative medicine and chair of primary care at
Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indiana,
received runner-up for the AOA Mentor of the Year Award during this
year’s AOA event in Las Vegas.
Dr. Schuster completed a fellowship in osteopathic principles and
practice before graduating. He completed a residency in family
medicine at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky and a
fellowship in sports medicine at the Toledo Hospital in Toledo. He
served two years aboard USS Frank Cable as medical department head
and one year as head of the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Team
for Recruit Training Command, U.S. Navy. He joined MU-COM as a
professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine in February.