OKC Doctor Receives “Doctor of the Year” Award from the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association named LeRoy E. Young, DO, FAOCOPM dist. as the “Doctor of the Year” on April 27, 2019 at its 119th Annual Convention at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Dr. Young received his medical degree in 1978 from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.  He then came to Moore, Oklahoma where he began private practice.  He served as chief of staff of the Moore Municipal Hospital from 1982 -1984 before relocating to Oklahoma City.  A founding member of the America Osteopathic College of Occupational and Preventative Medicine, he was one of the first 20 DO physicians to be certified in Occupational Medicine.

Dr. Young has served in many leadership roles to the benefit of all osteopathic physicians.  He has served as president of the College of Occupational and Preventative Medicine.  In 1990, he was appointed to the certification board of the American Osteopathic Board of Preventative Medicine and continues to serve on the board to this day.  In addition, Dr. Young served on the board of the OOA from 2002 – 2013 and was elected president in 2011.  He continues to serve as legislative chair for the OOA, chairman of the Oklahoma Osteopathic PAC, and was recently appointed as the president-elect of the Oklahoma Educational Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine. On the national level, he has served on several committees and bureaus for the American Osteopathic Association.  Currently, he serves as President of the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners. The OOA was honored to present Dr. Young with the Doctor of the Year Award. 

The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association serves more than 2,300 members, including practicing physicians, residents, interns, osteopathic medical students and retired physicians. Doctors of osteopathic medicine, or DOs, practice in 69 of the state’s 77 counties and in 147 Oklahoma communities. Oklahoma DOs practice in all areas of medicine from cardiology to sports medicine to radiology.

DOs complete four years of medical training and continue their education in postgraduate internships and residencies. As complete physicians, DOs are able to prescribe medication and perform surgery. In addition, DOs have added training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM), a hands-on treatment tool they can use to diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. OMM can be used in conjunction with, and sometimes in place of, medication or surgery to restore mobility and function. For more information about Oklahoma DOs, visit the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association’s website at www.okosteo.org.

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