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  What is a Pediatric D.O. ?

A doctor of osteopathic medicine in pediatrics is a pediatrician who has completed medical school and pediatric residency with an osteopathic philosophy. Many pediatric DO's are Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

A doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) is a physician licensed to perform surgery and prescribe medication. Like an allopathic physician (MD) an osteopathic physician completes 4 years of medical school and can choose to practice in any specialty of medicine. However, osteopathic physicians receive an additional 300 to 500 hours in the study of hands-on manual medicine and the body's musculoskeletal system.

Osteopathic medicine is dedicated to treating and healing the entire patient as a whole, rather than focusing on one system or body part. An osteopathic physician will often use a treatment method called manipulation -- a hands-on approach to assure that the body is moving freely.

To view the DO Brochure, click here.

  What's New

    The AAP Section on Osteopathic Pediatricians (SOOPe) has two openings for executive committee member positions beginning November 2015. The leadership team (or executive committee) helps to steer the current and future activities of the SOOPe.
    If you are a member of the AAP and the SOOPe and are interested in a 3-year executive committee position, please e-mail your bio sketch to the Section’s Nominations Chairperson, Dr. Lee Herskowitz ( by January 12, 2015.

    The SOOPe strives to maintain a balance of pediatricians with different career backgrounds.

    1.) We are looking for a DO pediatrician in clinical practice (not working primarily in academics).

    Develop and promote pediatric osteopathic educational opportunities and resources.
    Advocate for pediatric osteopathic medicine and DO pediatricians
    Develop and promote resources to support the professional needs of osteopathic pediatricians
    Support pediatric osteopathic research


    Basic function: Actively participates in the work of the section.
    • Reviews all relevant material before meetings. Makes contributions and voices objective opinions on issues.
    • Attends all meetings and conference calls (1 face to face meeting in October each year) (conference calls, 1 hour each quarterly).
    • Volunteers to take the lead in section activities appropriate to expertise and to serve on a subcommittee as necessary.
    • Carries out individual assignments made by the chairperson and/or staff.
    • Represents the section in meetings of other sections, committees, or organizations as directed by the Academy.
    • Serves as spokesperson on behalf of the Academy to the media, outside organizations, and others as requested by the Academy.
    • Discloses potential conflicts of interest.

    Term is 3 years in length with an opportunity to serve an additional three year term (6 years total).
  • AAP Section on Osteopathic Pediatricians Receives Award for Educational Excellence, March 2014
  • Citations for OMT/OMM in Pediatrics (Peer Reviewed Articles)
  • Winter 2014 Newsletter

Letter From The Chair

I am thrilled to introduce you to the web site for the Section on Osteopathic Pediatricians.

The goals of the section include: 1) Fostering collaborative working relationships between state osteopathic associations and their allopathic counterparts to untie all pediatricians to become stronger advocates for children; 2) Provide medical students, osteopathic pediatric residents and young physicians the opportunity to take advantage of AAP resources including education, publications policy and child advocacy efforts to name a few; 3) To develop and coordinate with the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians CME opportunities; and 4) To educate both osteopathic pediatricians and allopathic pediatricians on osteopathic principals.

We need your help! Please consider not only joining the Section but also volunteering. We will be looking for state contacts to help strengthen advocacy and collaboration efforts at the local level. Currently we are in the process of developing CME opportunities and Section activities. We will continue to work collaboratively to strengthen the osteopathic pediatric community.

Dr. Lisa Ryan


Lisa D. Ryan, D.O.
Chair, Section on Osteopathic Pediatricians
Chair, Legislative Committee-Maine Chapter

Executive Committee

Lisa D. Ryan, DO FAAP
Bridgton, ME

Lee Ann Conard, DO FAAP
Cincinnati, OH


Gregory Garvin, DO FAAP
Davenport, IA


Lee Herskowitz, DO FAAP
Tigard, OR

Erik Langenau, DO FAAP
Havertown, PA


Robert Lee, DO FAAP
Mineola, NY


Cynthia Mears, DO FAAP
Oak Park, IL


Michael Weiss, DO FAAP
Nominations Chairperson
Coto De Caza, CA



Jackie Burke
Elk Grove Village, IL

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