As part of the ACOFP 58th Annual Convention and Scientific Seminars, ACOFP bestowed eight individuals with the honorary designation of Fellow of the ACOFP for their outstanding national and local service, demonstrated dedication to ACOFP, and commitment to the health and welfare of their patients and to the future of osteopathic family medicine
The 2021 class of the ACOFP Conclave of Fellows was recognized during the ACOFP 58th Annual Convention and Scientific Seminars. This honorary designation is bestowed upon candidates who have contributed outstanding national and local service through teaching, authorship, research or professional leadership and who demonstrate dedication to ACOFP, as well as commitment to the health and welfare of their patients and to the future of osteopathic family medicine. The 2021 class of ACOFP Conclave of Fellows includes:
Eileen Conaway, DO, FACOFP
Sponsor: Joy Elliott, DO, FACOFP
Scientific Paper: Caring for Breastfeeding Patients
Eileen Conaway, DO, FACOFP, attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she received her undergraduate degree in English literature & language and Spanish (2004), and earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine from the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia (2010).
Dr. Conaway begins her tenure as associate program director at Tidelands Health Family Medicine in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina in June 2021. She was awarded the 2018 New Faculty Scholar of the Year for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and the 2014 American Academy of Osteopathy’s Resident of the Year. She has been active in her community, providing underserved student sports physicals annually in Orlando, Florida and participating in FHEO mission trips to Santa Marta, Columbia.
Paula Gregory, DO, MBA, FACOFP
Sponsor: Bruce R. Williams, DO, FACOFP
Scientific Paper: Management Education for Residency Programs Including a Vertically Integrated Interprofessional Approach to Management
Paula Gregory, DO, MBA, FACOFP, attended the University of Georgia in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she received her undergraduate degree in biology (1982), and earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, West Virginia (1988).
Dr. Gregory is a practicing physician at Physician Partners, former founding dean and chief administrative officer of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences – Joplin campus, and assistant dean and chair of clinical education at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia campus. She started a free clinic in association with the Pilgrim Cathedral Church, providing education on disease states, medication use and topics of interest for patients. Dr. Gregory served as the 2011 President of the Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association and is the current Associate Editor of ACOFP’s peer-reviewed journal, Osteopathic Family Physician.
Mark Kauffman, DO, MSMEd, FACOFP
Sponsor: Robert George, DO, FACOFP dist.
Scientific Paper: AMA USMLE COMLEX Equality Statement Impact on Residency Program Applicant Selection
Mark Kauffman, DO, MSMEd, FACOFP, attended St. Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania, where he received his undergraduate degree in physician assistant studies (1990), and earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania (2000).
Dr. Kauffman is the associate dean of Academic Affairs at LECOM in Bradenton, Florida. His areas of expertise include the history taking and physical examination, having published three texts, including History and Physical Examination: A Common Sense Approach and The COMLEX Level 2-PE Review Guide, over 20 journal articles, and The COMLEX 2-PE Interactive Video Series. He was the recipient of the 2020 LECOM/LECOMT Research support grant, An Analysis of COVID-19 and Other Pathogens on Restaurant Surfaces. In 2017, he also was awarded the LECOM Distinguished Citizen Award. Dr. Kauffman is active in the AOA as a Bureau of Osteopathic Education committee member and serves as a Board of Trustee of the Florida Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
Anthony Leazzo, DO, FAOASM, FACOFP
Sponsor: Kenneth Veit, DO, MBA, FACOFP
Scientific Paper: Updated Review of Insomnia
Anthony Leazzo, DO, FAOASM, FACOFP, attended Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania where he received his undergraduate degree in biology (1994), and earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1998).
Dr. Leazzo is currently the chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Northwestern/Delnor Hospital and a staff physician at Fox Valley Family Physicians/Northwestern Medicine. He is also the medical director for Northwestern Medicine Physician Network’s managed care products. As a United States Navy veteran, Dr. Leazzo provided healthcare for over 1,100 Marines and sailors. He is an active speaker having lectured on lower back pain at the IOMS Annual Convention and Lis Franc Injuries at the AOASM Annual Convention.
Rebecca D. Lewis, DO, FACOFP
Sponsor: Steven Bander, DO, FACOFP dist.
Scientific Paper: Congenital Cytomegalovirus: A Case Study of Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection from the Prenatal Course into Toddlerhood and Review of Congenital Cytomegalovirus Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment
Selected as the 2021 recipient of the Most Outstanding Paper Award
Rebecca D. Lewis, DO, FACOFP, attended Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas where she received her undergraduate degree in chemistry with an emphasis in biology (2008), and earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine from the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado (2012).
Dr. Lewis works in the clinic, hospital and obstetrical settings of St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid, Oklahoma. She is actively involved in state politics, serves on the board of trustees for the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association and served as president of the ACOFP Oklahoma State Society (2018–19) and remains active as a member of the Executive Committee. Dr. Lewis volunteers in her community as a physician at the Journey House Pregnancy Resource Center and a previous board member for the Northwest Domestic Crisis Services Center.
Priscilla Tu, DO, FAOASM, FAAFP, FAAMA, FACOFP
Sponsor: Rance McClain, DO, FACOFP, FAOASM
Scientific Paper: A Case of Shoulder Pain and Depression
Selected as the 2021 recipient of the Outstanding Paper Crest
Priscilla Tu, DO, FAOASM, FAAFP, FAAMA, FACOFP, attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina where she received her undergraduate degree in psychology (2000), and earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine from A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri (2005).
Dr. Tu serves as the associate program director and director of osteopathic education for Virginia Tech Carilion Family Medicine Residency and as a director of student medical education for Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia campus. She has presented lectures and workshops at local, regional, and national conferences, particularly in topics within family and osteopathic medicine, sports medicine and medical acupuncture. Dr. Tu is the Secretary/Treasurer and on the Executive Committee for the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.
John C. Welch, Jr., DO, FACOFP
Sponsor: Richard Terry, DO, MBA, FACOFP
Scientific Paper: Body Mass Index Does Not Correlate with Hemoglobin A1C Level Upon Entry into a Diabetes Prevention Project
John C. Welch, Jr., DO, FACOFP, attended Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York where he received his undergraduate degree in biology and psychology (2003), and earned his doctor of osteopathic medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York (2009).
Dr. Welch is a practicing family physician, director of medical education/designated institutional official and program director of the Lourdes Family Medicine Residency Program at Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital in Binghamton, New York. He has been active in his community as the co-chair of the Lourdes Pain and Wellness Center Annual Fundraiser and has volunteered time as a garden designer.
Hallie Y. Zwibel, DO, MPH, FAAFP, FACOFP
Sponsor: Sonia Rivera-Martinez, DO, FACOFP
Scientific Paper: Medical Student and Physician Knowledge and Attitudes Towards the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Hallie Y. Zwibel, DO, MPH, FAAFP, FACOFP, attended SUNY Binghamton in Binghamton, New York where he received his undergraduate degree in psychology (2007), and earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Old Westbury, New York (2011).
Dr. Zwibel serves as the medical director for the Academic Health Care Center at NYIT-COM and is credited with revitalizing their Sports Medicine Center. On the state level, he has been active serving in the NYS Academy of Family Physicians and NYSOMS. In addition, he earned Fellowship in the American Academy of Family Medicine in 2019.
If you are looking to join this elite group of osteopathic family physicians, applications for the 2022 Class of Fellows are now open! Learn more about the qualifications and apply by September 15, 2021.