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ACOFP to Present Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Joseph P. McNerney

St. John Providence Health System
Sunday, March 04, 2012


ACOFP to Present Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Joseph P. McNerney

Contact: Brian Taylor, 586-753-0726.

The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians will recognize the career-long service Joseph P. McNerney, D.O, St. John Providence Health System, by presenting him with its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award on March 17 during the ACOFP Annual Convention in Kissimmee, Florida.

“Over three decades, Dr. Joe McNerney has been an outstanding osteopathic family physician, educator for medical students and residents, and leader in national organizations for our specialty,” says ACOFP President George T. Sawabini, D.O. “We appreciate his three decades of service and his commitment to the long-term success of osteopathic family medicine.”

Dr. McNerney is director of Medical Education and a program director for St. John Providence Health System’s Osteopathic Division. He currently serves as secretary for the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, president of the Macomb County Osteopathic Medical Association, and was ACOFP president in 1999-2000. He has overseen a decade of expansion in the number of osteopathic family medicine residencies and in the quality of those residencies through the ACOFP Committee on Education and Evaluation.

Dr. McNerney has chaired five of the American Osteopathic Association’s Bureaus and Councils including the Bureau of Osteopathic Education, Program and Trainee Review Council, Bureau on International Medical Education and Affairs, Council on International Education and Affairs, and Physicians Health Committee. He is currently the AOA liaison to the Council of Education for the American Academy of Family Physicians.

His career as an osteopathic educator started as a student preceptor in Wall Lake, Iowa. He was voted on the Board of Trustees at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992, serving on the academic committee. He was involved as a Director of Medical Education for student Core site for DMU and then in 2000 moved to California. He was the Associate Dean for Clinical Education and OPTI at Touro University in California, after he worked for 20 years as a practicing osteopathic family physician in Wall Lake and Fairfield, Iowa. He is a 1980 graduate of Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. McNerney’s past contributions to the specialty have been recognized as early as 1992 when he received the designation as a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He also earned the Distinguished Fellow designation in 2004.

The American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians is a 22,000-member national medical specialty organization with headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois, providing members with a range of advocacy, education, and leadership services.

St. John Providence Health System is one of the largest providers of inpatient care in Michigan. SJPHS provides comprehensive prevention, primary care and advanced treatment programs with more than 125 medical centers and five hospitals spanning five counties.