FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2012  
                                                                       
Tallahassee Physician Elected First Vice President of the American Osteopathic Association




(CHICAGO)— Richard R. Thacker, DO, an osteopathic internist, was elected first vice president of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) during the AOA’s Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates in Chicago.

“Serving the AOA has been a great experience,” says Dr. Thacker, who just completed a term as third vice president. “I look forward to continuing to represent the needs of the osteopathic medical profession.”

Professional Experience and Honors
A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists, Dr. Thacker serves as a physician and chairman of the board for the Capital Regional Medical Center in Tallahassee.

Dr. Thacker is past president of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association (FOMA). He received the Physician of the Year Award in 2009 from the Capital Regional Medical Center. Dr. Thacker also was named FOMA Physician of the Year in 2008.

Education
Dr. Thacker received his osteopathic medicine degree from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He completed his postdoctoral medical training at Delaware Valley Medical Center in Langhome, Pa., where he served as chief medical resident and received recognition as resident of the year.

Dr. Thacker resides in Tallahassee with his wife Sherry and children Blake and Allison.

About the House of Delegates
The AOA’s House of Delegates, comprised of more than 500 delegates representing osteopathic state medical associations, specialty societies, interns, residents and students from throughout the country, meets annually in July to set organizational policies and elect new officers. 

About the American Osteopathic Association
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) proudly represents its professional family of more than 100,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools; and has federal authority to accredit hospitals and other health care facilities. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at www.osteopathic.org.

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