Andrew Weil Honored by America's Osteopaths

George Humphrey
April 6, 2001

Dr. Andrew T. Weil, founder and director of the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine, has been chosen the recipient of the inaugural Award of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO).

The AAO board of trustees voted unanimously to present its first award to Weil to recognize his support of osteopathic philosophy, principles and practices. AAO president John Jones III, announced the award at the organization's 2001 Annual Convocation in Colorado Springs, Colo.

AAO created the Academy Award to recognize individuals outside the AAO who have contributed significantly to the advancement of osteopathy for "commitment to osteopathic principles and to the osteopathic profession, exhibit outstanding efforts and/or special contributions to promote osteopathy, continuously show support of and collaboration with osteopathic organizations, and have a vision that is complementary to the Academy's mission."

Weil was selected as the first recipient because he "has recognized the unique contributions of osteopathy to health care in the United States. He brought significant attention to the Academy and its members by highlighting the contributions of osteopathic physician Robert C. Fulford, in his book, 'Spontaneous Healing.'"

The mission of the AAO is to teach, advocate, advance, explore, and research the science and art of osteopathic medicine, emphasizing osteopathic principles, philosophy, palpatory diagnosis and osteopathic manipulative treatment in total health care.

The AAO is one of 22 practice affiliates of the American Osteopathic Association in Chicago, the parent organization of the osteopathic profession. All osteopathic physicians (DOs) are educated in the basic principles of osteopathy and are trained in the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment as part of the curriculum in colleges of osteopathic medicine and postdoctoral training in AOA-approved institutions.




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