Wednesday, April 23 - Sunday, April 27, 2014
Hilton Columbus at Easton Town Center
3600 Chagrin Drive, Columbus, Ohio 


Contact Information
Laurie Lach (740) 593-2151
Speakers: Laura Whitt (614) 352-4682
Exhibitors: Carol Tatman (614) 299-2107 ext. 201
Registrations: Joanne Barnhart (614) 299-2107 ext. 206


2014 Symposium Preview

Now in its fifth year, the Symposium is considered a premier event in the state for osteopathic continuing medical education. And this year promises to live up to the reputation. With an agenda full of engaging sessions and special events, the 2014 conference looks to outshine its predecessors.

Hear the keynote presentation, The Changing Landscape of Health Care, from Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, at Thursday's luncheon.

Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, made history when she became dean of the osteopathic medical school at Ohio University in 1993, making her the first African-American woman to lead a US medical school. A pioneer, she led the way at a time when women and minorities faced serious obstacles entering the medical field.

As a scholar and speaker, she works to raise awareness of racial and ethnic health disparities. Her keynote luncheon presentation will examine the intersection of health disparities, health literacy, and policy. Ross-Lee, the first DO to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship, established the osteopathic profession’s Health Policy Fellowship 20 years ago. Since then, more than 200 Fellows have participated in the nationwide program.

Don't miss the Addiction Medicine sessions Saturday morning.

Several lectures throughout the Symposium address addiction medicine, including a two-hour session with a former US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) special agent. Robert Stutman made a 25-year career as one of America’s highest profile drug busters. He was a DEA agent so visible, the Columbian Cartel had at one time targeted him for assassination.

ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care on Sunday morning.

“ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care” is an education activity presented by the AOA, a member of the Collaborative for REMS Education (CO*RE), 10 interdisciplinary organizations working together to improve pain management and prevent adverse outcomes. This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS Program Companies (RPC). This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS education requirements issued by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.  Here is a link to the updated 3-hour CO*RE REMS presentation for the OOA program on April 27 from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.:

Learn about the latest research in Alzheimer's Disease on Friday morning.

Robert Nagele, PhD, along with his research team at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey, has developed a ground-breaking blood test that can be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease with 96 percent accuracy. In addition to being the first blood test for diagnosing the disease, it is also less invasive, less expensive, and more accurate than previous tests, which predicted the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s disease later in life. Nagele is the 2014 recipient of the JO Watson, DO, Memorial Lecture Award.


2013 Symposium Sets Record Attendance

(June 6, 2013) The Ohio Osteopathic Symposium, held May 15-19 in Columbus, was a great success, with more than 800 people in attendance over the five days. Participants included physicians, residents, students, speakers, exhibitors, poster presenters, staff, and guests.

The event, now in its fourth year, is a collaboration between OOA and OU-HCOM. Along with medical lectures, the Symposium included business meetings and social events. The CME program, worth 32.5 hours of category 1-A credit, was chaired by Paul T. Scheatzle, DO, and Eric H. Beck, DO. 

Several national dignitaries were in attendance including AOA President-elect Norman E. Vinn, DO, of California; ACOFP President Jeffrey S. Grove, DO, of Florida; and AOA Executive Director John B. Crosby, JD.

Handouts for the lectures, including the Addiction Medicine sessions on Sunday morning, are available online at>

Four Organizations Honor Mentors and Peers

Geraldine N. Urse, DO, received the 2013 George L. Eckert, Jr., DO Mentor of the Year Award from among six nominees. In addition, 19 physicians were inducted into the new OOA Mentor Hall of Fame. Click here to see a  slide presentation honoring the first inductees.

The Ohio Osteopathic Association recognized the following award recepients:

  • Harold Clay Thompson III, DO, of Athens, received the Distinguished Service Award, the OOA’s highest honor;
  • William J. Burke, DO, of Columbus recieved the Trustees Award;
  • James R. Castle, who recently retired as president of the Ohio Hospital Association, received the Meritorious Service Award;
  • Lori Gill Grennan, DO, posthumously received the M. Bridget Wagner, DO, Humanitarian Award.

 Ohio ACOFP also presented five awards during the Awards ceremony: 

  • Family Physician of the Year - Richard M. Garwood, DO, of Cleveland;
  • Distinguished Service Award - George Thomas, DO, of Cleveland;
  • Young Family Physician of the Year - Jane T. Balbo, DO, of Athens; and
  • Family Practice Resident of the Year - Kimberly N. Jackson, DO, of Warren.

OU-HCOM presented awards to: 

  • Troy Tyner, DO - Medal of Merit;
  • Paul G. Martin, DO - Honorary Alumnus;
  • Paige S. Gutheil Henderson, DO - Distinguished Service Award;
  • Erik J. Reaves, DO - Outstanding Alumnus; and
  • Kristen J. Conrad-Schnetz, DO - Recent Graduate Award.

Ashley B. Simpson, DO, of Cleveland, received the Osteopathic Spirit Award presented by the Advocates for the Ohio Osteopathic Association.

Jack Brose, DO, delivered the JO Watson, DO, Memorial Lecture. The presentation is  an ongoing tribute to one of Ohio’s most respected osteopathic physicians, is sponsored jointly by the Ohio Osteopathic Foundation and Osteopathic Heritage Foundations.

For profiles about all of the profession's honorees, click here.

Ohio ACOFP Picks Leaders, Present Resident Paper Awards

Ohio ACOFP conducted its Annual Meeting during the Symposium and installed Melinda E. Ford, DO, of Athens, as president for 2013-2014.

The organization also recognized three Family Medicine residents who won the Residency Paper Competition sponsored by Ohio ACOFP and the CORE. Winners received a cash prize from the Grandview Foundation: 

  • First Place - Leslie Ching, DO (Doctors Hospital, Columbus);
  • Second Place - Elizabeth Gomes, DO (Firelands Regional Medical Center, Sandusky); and
  • Third Place - Theresa R. Sheridan, DO (St. Joseph Health Center, Warren).

Poster Competition Is the Largest Ever

The annual symposium poster exhibition and competition, open to osteopathic residents, interns and medical students, grew 13 percent from 2012, and featured  entries from five states, including Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Washington, and West Virginia.

In all, 92 abstracts were submitted for this year's event. Of the poster abstracts accepted for the competition, 38 posters presented case reports and 43 posters presented the findings of biomedical/clinical research.  Eleven additional posters were exhibited by faculty, osteopathic physicians and other medical education, but were not entered into competition.

Research posters were judged in two categories: case reports and biomedical/clinical. The first and second place posters in each category received $1,000 and $500 respectively.

In the category for biomedical/clinical research, a resident and student tied for first place.

  • Molly McGraw, DO (’11), a second year resident from Grandview Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio, won first place for her poster "Biomechanical Evaluation of the Docking Plus Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction Technique compared to the Docking Technique".
  • Erich Heine, OMS II, OU-HCOM, tied for first place for his poster "Increased Macrophage Infiltration and NFκB Activity in Diabetic SKO Mouse Kidneys".
  • Two residents tied for second place in the Biomedical/Clinical research category.  John Idoine, DO (’08), a fifth year resident from OhioHealth/Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, presented a poster titled “Proximal Biceps Tenodesis:  A Cadaveric Study of Open and Arthroscopic Surgical Techniques” and Chance Spalding, DO (’10), a third year resident from OhioHealth/Doctors Hospital/Grant Medical Center, in Columbus, Ohio presented his poster titled “Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Decision Making in the Trauma Bay”.

In the  category for case reports:

  • Christopher Kieliszak, DO, a traditional Rotating Intern at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Ohio, won first place for his poster “In-Office Balloon Dilation of Frontal Recess via Trephination”.
  • Ross Brubaker, OMS III from the West Virginia School of Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia, won second place for his poster "Treating OSSN with Topical Methotrexate: A Novel Approach”.

“I am delighted with the continued growth we have experienced in our Poster Competition and Exhibition,” said Grace Brannan, Ph.D., CORE research executive director. “We are proud to feature resident and student research and reward them for outstanding research efforts in osteopathic medicine. We look forward to our continued partnership with the Ohio Osteopathic Association as our competition grows.”

Commercial Exhibitors Receive Special Recognition

Three exhibitors won awards: Cleveland HeartLab was Best Overall Exhibit; Valeritas won Judges’ Choice; and Otsuka America Pharmaceutical was named Most Educational Exhibit. John C. Biery, DO; Melinda E. Ford, DO; and Sharon L. George, DO, served as judges.