PIKEVILLE – Boyd R. Buser, D.O., FACOFP, vice president for health affairs and dean of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, was re-elected to the board of governors and the nominating committee of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) at the AAO’s Convocation in Louisville.
A member of the AAO Board of Governors since 2009, Buser was one of eight osteopathic physicians from around the country to be re-elected as a governor of the AAO, the largest medical society in the United States devoted to fostering osteopathic manipulative medicine and neuromusculoskeletal medicine (OMM-NMM). Buser will serve another three-year term on the board.
Buser chaired the AAO’s Nominating Committee from 2009 to 2015, and will serve another one-year term as a member.
Among the AAO’s most prominent members, Buser has served the academy’s parent organization—the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)—as a member of its board of trustees since 2004. As a trustee, he led the AOA team that negotiated an agreement in 2014 with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to establish a single accreditation system for graduate medical education, which will combine the accreditation systems for the nation’s osteopathic and M.D. residencies. The Maine delegates to the AOA House of Delegates plan to nominate Buser to become the AOA’s president-elect in July.
During the past 17 years, Buser has represented the osteopathic medical profession on the following four committees of the American Medical Association that play critical roles in physician payments from Medicare, Medicaid and private health insurers: the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) editorial panel, the CPT advisory committee, the RUC advisory committee and the correct coding policy committee.
From 2003 to 2005, Buser chaired the board of directors of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, which develops and administers the national exams that osteopathic medical students need to pass before they can graduate from osteopathic medical school. He serves on the board of deans of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), and he co-chairs the AOA-AACOM Blue Ribbon Commission on the
Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education.
Buser was named Educator of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation and the AOA in 1994. In 2013, he received the Riland Medal for Public Service from the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury.
Buser is a former president of the American Academy of Osteopathy and the Maine Osteopathic Association. In 2010, he was awarded the AAO’s highest honor, the Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor. He has twice received the Maine Osteopathic Association’s Distinguished Service Award. He is board certified in osteopathic manipulative medicine and osteopathic family medicine.