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Grand Rapids Osteopathic Physician Elected First Vice President of the American Osteopathic Association

Posted: July 27, 2011

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Susan C. Sevensma, DO, a resident of Grand Rapids, Mich., was chosen as the new first vice president of the American Osteopathic Association(AOA) during the organization’s annual business meeting held this month in Chicago.

“Following my years of advocacy at the state level, I am truly proud to be able to continue representing the osteopathic medical community and the AOA as the new first vice president,” says Dr. Sevensma.

An AOA board-certified family physician, Dr. Sevensma serves as the director of medical education at the Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming, Mich. She also serves as the medical director at the Metro Health – Breton Clinic in Grand Rapids and as the assistant clinical professor at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing (MSUCOM).

Professional Background
Dr. Sevensma has been very active within the osteopathic medical profession at the state level, serving as president of the Michigan Osteopathic Association from 2007-2008. She also recently served as the AOA’s third vice president, as well as the program chair of the AOA’s Bureau of Conventions.

Honors and Awards
The AOA awarded Dr. Sevensma with the Breath of Life Award in 2005 as well as the Mentor Hall of Fame Award in 2009. Additionally, she has been awarded the Patenge Medal of Public Service from Michigan State University, and the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physician’s Osteopathic Family Physician of the Year Award.

Dr. Sevensma earned her osteopathic medical degree from MSUCOM in 1982. She later completed postdoctoral medical training at the now Metro-Health Hospital in Grand Rapids.

About the American Osteopathic Association
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) proudly represents its professional family of more than 78,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs); 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

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