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American Osteopathic Association Installs Mark A. Baker, DO, as 121st President

Mark A. Baker, DO, a diagnostic radiologist from Fort Worth, Texas, looks to create leadership opportunities for young DOs.

By AOA Media Team


Diagnostic Radiologist and Osteopathic Educator Looks to Create Leadership Opportunities for Young DOs

CHICAGO—July 24, 2017—Mark A. Baker, DO, a diagnostic radiologist from Fort Worth, Texas, was installed Saturday as president of the American Osteopathic Association.

Dr. Baker assumed the presidency before an estimated 500 osteopathic physicians (DOs) at the American Osteopathic Association’s annual business meeting in Chicago. The organization represents the professional interests of the nation’s more than 129,000 DOs and osteopathic medical students.

"Osteopathic medicine is one of the fastest-growing segments of the health care professions in the U.S.," said Dr. Baker. "As our profession grows younger and move diverse, we need their voices to help lead us into what is clearly a very bright future for our distinct philosophy of medicine.”

Dr. Baker is a clinical associate professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC/TCOM), where he previously served as acting chair and course director for the Department of Radiology and as a member of the teaching faculty for the Department of Gross Anatomy.

A graduate of UNTHSC/TCOM, Dr. Baker completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at Fort Worth Osteopathic Medical Center and has served as president of the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association. He is also a member of the American Osteopathic College of Radiology.

Also Saturday, delegates named AOA Trustee William S. Mayo, DO, president-elect of the AOA. Dr. Mayo is a board-certified ophthalmologist practicing in Oxford, Mississippi, and is a clinical instructor at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His term will begin in July 2018.

About the American Osteopathic Association

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) represents more than 129,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; and is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools. To learn more, visit

About the AOA House of Delegates

The AOA’s House of Delegates, comprised of more than 500 delegates representing osteopathic state medical associations, specialty societies, interns, residents and students from throughout the country, meets annually in July to set organizational policies and elect new officers.

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