Pikeville College Names Vice President And Dean For School of Osteopathic Medicine

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – On behalf of the Board of Trustees at Pikeville College, President Hal Smith announced Friday the appointment of Boyd R. Buser, D.O., as vice president and dean of the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine (PCSOM), on an interim basis.

Buser is currently the associate dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) in Biddeford, Maine, where he has also served as vice president for health services and dean (interim). He will begin serving at PCSOM on Sept. 4.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Buser to the Pikeville College family,” said Smith. “He comes to us from a medical school whose mission is similar to our own, one that provides a medical education emphasizing primary care, research, lifelong learning and encourages service in underserved areas. He is well-qualified to lead PCSOM as we continue the excellent medical education program currently being delivered.”

Buser is a native of Iowa and earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. After earning his osteopathic medical degree from the Des Moines (Iowa) University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1981, he went on to complete an osteopathic internship at the former Cranston General Hospital in Cranston, R.I. He is board certified in family practice as well as osteopathic manipulative medicine.

“Growing up in a small town in Iowa, and working for more than 20 years for a medical school in a small town with a similar mission, I am very excited about the opportunity to serve at PCSOM,” said Dr. Buser. “PCSOM plays a very important role in providing quality, compassionate osteopathic physicians for East Kentucky and Central Appalachia. I look forward to helping build on the great tradition established here over the last decade.”
A board certified osteopathic family physician and a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, he was re-elected as first vice president to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Board of Trustees in July.

Buser was also recently appointed to the Current Procedural Terminology editorial panel by the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. He is the first D.O. to be appointed to the panel.

As past-president of the American Academy of Osteopathy, the New England Academy of Osteopathy, the Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA), and former chair of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, Buser maintains a leadership role within the osteopathic medical profession. A member of the AOA’s Board since 2004, he serves the AOA in a number of other capacities, including chair of the Bureau of Emerging States’ Concerns and member of the Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research.
Since earning his D.O. degree, Buser has received many awards for outstanding achievements within the osteopathic medical community. The MOA presented him with the Distinguished Service Award in 1996 and 2007 and the Roswell Bates Award in 1994. Also in 1994, the AOA, along with the American Osteopathic Foundation, named him Educator of the Year.

Buser’s appointment follows the death of John Strosnider, D.O., founding vice president and dean of PCSOM and president of the AOA, from complications related to pancreatic cancer in late June. A national search for a permanent vice president and dean is under way. Buser has taken a leave of absence from UNECOM and will serve PCSOM until a permanent vice president and dean is on campus.

Buser resides in Kennebunkport with his wife, Pam. They have three grown children, Michelle, Morgan and Charles.

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