Osteopathic society installs first woman president

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 26, 2010

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Karen J. Nichols, DO, on July 17 became the first female president and the 114th president of the American Osteopathic Assn. Dr. Nichols was installed as president during the AOA's annual meeting in Chicago.

Dr. Nichols is dean of the Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downer's Grove, Ill. Previously, she was chief of staff at Mesa General Hospital in Arizona.

Dr. Nichols earned her osteopathic medical degree at what is now the Kansas City (Mo.) University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, and she completed her internship and residency at the former Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. She has been an AOA member since 1981 and a member of the AOA Board of Trustees since 1999.

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