AOA names new leaders

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Aug. 9, 2004

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The American Osteopathic Assn. installed family physician George Thomas, DO, of Bentleyville, Ohio, as the 2004-2005 president during its July meeting in Chicago. Philip L. Shettle, DO, an ophthalmologist from Clearwater, Fla., is president-elect.

Dr. Thomas has a group practice with six associates in Euclid, Mentor and Garfield Heights, Ohio, and will remain on staff at Richmond Heights and Lake County West hospitals. He will continue to represent the AOA on the U.S. Practicing Physician Advisory Committee of Quality Assurance.

Dr. Thomas said he would dedicate his presidency to quality-of-care issues. "As osteopathic physicians, we have the ability to better the lives of our patients by remaining devoted to the quality of patient care provided within our practices," he said.

Dr. Shettle practices at Shettle Eye Center in Largo, Fla., with his son, Dr. Lee Shettle. Dr. Philip Shettle is also on staff at Sun Coast Osteopathic Hospital in Largo and Belleair Surgi-Center in Clearwater, Fla.

"Treating patients in Pinellas County for the past 40 years has been an invaluable experience," explains Dr. Phillip Shettle. "I hope to bring together this experience and my background as an AOA board member to serve my fellow DOs and continue on the successful path of the osteopathic medical profession."

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