Walter C. Ehrenfeuchter, DO, FAAO, of Suwanee, Georgia, received the 2021 Fellow of American Academy of Osteopathy (FAAO) Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented annually to one recipient by the Committee on Fellowship of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO). Due to the pandemic, Dr. Ehrenfeuchter will be recognized in person at the Fellows dinner during the Academy’s Convocation to be held March 13, 2022.
The award is presented to a fellow who has further distinguished himself/herself in contribution to osteopathic literature; development of osteopathic theory, methods or procedure; research; osteopathic education; service to the AAO on committees and boards; public relations; service to public health; and/or osteopathic medical economics and advocacy.
David Fuller, DO, FAAO, chair of the AAO’s Committee on Fellowship, said, “You have been an excellent mentor to the academy leadership, and you will always have our gratitude and respect. I look forward to congratulating you at the 2022 AAO Convocation’s Fellows Dinner.”
Dr. Ehrenfeuchter, affectionately known as Dr. E, currently serves as chair of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at PCOM Georgia. A 1975 graduate of Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he earned a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 1979. He completed an internship at the Hospital of PCOM, and then served as the first resident in the history of the osteopathic manipulative medicine profession in 1980.
Dr. E has had a distinguished career in medicine and medical education. He achieved the status of Fellow of the AAO in 1990 and was board certified the same year. He was elected to the Board of Governors in 1995 and became a member of the Committee on Fellowship in 2012, where he continues to serve. He has also been a member of the AAO’s Education Committee, chairing the academy’s convention program in 1993 and leading a number of muscle energy technique CME programs in the following decade.
From 1996 to 1999, Dr. E was a member of the American Osteopathic Board of Special Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, serving as vice-chair for two years. In 1999, the specialty board was reconstituted as the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine where he served as vice-chair from 1999 to 2006 and chair from 2006 to 2008.
Dr. E was the PCOM Student American Academy of Osteopathy chapter advisor from 1981 to 1998 and assisted in the founding of the PCOM Georgia chapter in 2005, serving as chapter advisor until 2014. He served as the PCOM representative to the Educational Council on Osteopathic Principle (ECOP) from 1981 to 1997, and as the representative from PCOM Georgia from 2005 to the present.
At ECOP, he served as chair of the Glossary Committee from 2009 to 2015. As the ECOP core curriculum project evolved into a textbook, Dr. E served as the author for six chapters of Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, the standard text for teaching the osteopathic profession, now in its fourth edition. In addition, he serves as a member of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners.