|Saturday, October 20, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dodson Award Presentation
AACOM Board of Governors Award Luncheon
San Diego, California
Awarded to: William G. Anderson I, D.O., F.A.C.O.S.
Presented by: Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O.
William G. Anderson I, D.O., F.A.C.O.S., has spent his professional life enhancing,
promoting and leading osteopathic medical education and the osteopathic profession
in a number of very visible ways.
To many people, Dr. Anderson has been the embodiment of the osteopathic tenet
of holistic health care, and he has carried that same dedication to the principles of osteopathic medicine into his leadership of and commitment to osteopathic medical education.
From his days as a surgeon and as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement in Georgia
when he worked beside the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., and a number of others
who were instrumental in changing the course of American history, Dr. Anderson has focused not only on improving the health of his individual patients, but on improving the health of the society in which his patients live. He carries this same philosophy into osteopathic medical education, including into his current position as an associate
dean of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he is responsible for the development of osteopathic medical education programs for students, interns and
residents within the St. John Health System in Michigan.
Dr. Anderson has served in key leaderships in the osteopathic profession many times including as president of the American Osteopathic Association, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Osteopathic Association for 18 years.
In the medical education arena, Dr. Anderson has served as the chairman of the AOA Department of Education Affairs, as an advisor to the Michigan Health Care Education
and Research Foundation. He also has served as a trustee of the University of
Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, now known as the Des Moines University Osteopathic Medical Center, a clinical professor of surgery at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, now known as Western University, and as an
associate clinical professor at the Michigan State University College of
During his prestigious career, Dr. Anderson has been bestowed with numerous honors recognizing his commitment to osteopathic medicine and to the communities in which he lives. While these honors are to numerous to cite all of them here, some of the honors he has received include the Distinguished Service Award from the American Osteopathic Association, the Phillips Medal of Public Service from the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Distinguished Service Certificate from the Michigan
Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, the Meritorious Service
Award from the Michigan Osteopathic Medical Center, the Walter F. Patenge
Medal of Public Service Award from the Michigan State University College of
Osteopathic Medicine and Physician of the Year from the Michigan Osteopathic Society.
Dr. Anderson has received honorary doctorate degrees from a number of osteopathic medical schools and was selected as the Alumni of the Year in 1987 at the University of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, which he graduated from in 1956.
In recognition of his deep commitment to excellence in osteopathic medical education
and the osteopathic profession, it is my distinct honor to award
William G. Anderson I, D.O., the Dale Dodson Award.
Dr. Anderson, will you please come forward?
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