Local dean named president-elect of the American Osteopathic Association

Downers Grove, IL

Karen Nichols, dean of the Midwestern University/Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine in Downers Grove, has been named the first female president-elect of the American Osteopathic Association.

“I have always been honored to be involved in the osteopathic medical profession, and I hope to inspire future generations of female (osteopathic physicians) to aspire to leadership positions. I always tell my female and male students that this is a growing profession and you can make an impact if you get involved,” Nichols said in a written statement.

The Oak Brook resident has been a member of the AOA since 1981 and a member of the Board of Trustees since 1999.

Nichols graduated from what is now called the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine. Nichols carried out a residency training program in internal medicine at the former Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa.

Her list of honors include the first Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association’s Physician of the Year, AOA Mentor Hall of Fame Inductee; the Outstanding Achievement Award from the MWU/CCOM Alumni Association Board of Governors, Fellow of the Institute of Medicine-Chicago chapter, recipient of the IOMS Distinguished Service Award, Clinician of the Year from Mesa General Hospital and the Horizon Award from the American Osteopathic Foundation.

The AOA includes more than 67,000 osteopathic physicians. The organization promotes public health, scientific research and serves as the primary certifying body for osteopathic physicians.
For more information, visit osteopathic.org.