Who We Are

The GREAT Family of Ohio DOs

The OOA is a divisional society of the American Osteopathic Association. The OOA advocates for all osteopathic physicians in the state, as well as medical students attending Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) and several hospitals which are institutional members.


To be the professional home for all osteopathic physicians in Ohio. 


To promote the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine in Ohio. 


  • Integrity
  • Family
  • Education
  • Advocacy

Founding Purposes

  • To promote the public health of the people of Ohio;
  • To cooperate with all public health agencies;
  • To maintain high standards at all osteopathic institutions with the state;
  • To maintain and elevate osteopathic medical education and postgraduate training programs in the prevention and treatment of disease;
  • To encourage research and investigation, especially that pertaining to the principles of the osteopathic school of medicine;
  • To maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct in all phases of osteopathic medicine and surgery; and
  • To promote such other activities as are consistent with the above purposes.


  • Governance
  • Research
  • Education
  • Advocacy
  • Teamwork


  •  To protect the right to practice osteopathic medicine 
  •  To enhance public awareness of the osteopathic profession 
  •  To preserve osteopathic principles 
  •  To strengthen the practices of OOA members 
  •  To promote the public health of the people of Ohio 
  •  To demonstrate the value of OOA membership 
  •  To ensure continued growth and financial stability of the association 
  •  To inspire unity, pride, leadership and a sense of volunteerism 
  •  To embrace new technology 

How We Meet Our Goals 

We protect the right to practice osteopathic medicine by supporting legislative and regulatory initiatives. 

We enhance public awareness of the osteopathic profession through an ongoing education and marketing plan directed at one or more specific target groups so that DOs are selected as physicians of choice by these targets. 

We preserve osteopathic principles by (a) supporting osteopathic medical education and research at the pre and postdoctoral levels and (b) providing outstanding and innovative continuing medical education through the Ohio Osteopathic Foundation. 

We strengthen the practice of osteopathic medicine by (a) maintaining the highest ethical and business standards and; (b) developing innovative programs which improve quality of patient care, promote innovative practice management skills, and reduce individual practice expenses. 

We promote the public health of the people of Ohio by cooperating with public healthcare agencies, organizations and coalitions to prevent disease and improve public safety through appropriate education, legislative and regulatory initiatives. 



Click here for a copy of the OOA's latest IRS Form 990.