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AOA CEO Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, plans return to healthcare delivery

By AOA Staff


Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD

CHICAGO—It is with mixed emotions the AOA shares the announcement that in November, Kevin M. Klauer, DO, EJD, Chief Executive Office of the AOA, announced his plans to leave the organization effective December 31. He has accepted a position with HCA Healthcare and will return to one of his greatest passions, a role directly supporting patient care.

Dr. Klauer took over the position of CEO in June 2019 and has been an integral part of the countless significant, positive advancements made on behalf of the AOA and the osteopathic medical profession during his time with us.

“It is impossible to recognize all of the accomplishments made during Dr Klauer’s tenure as the AOA’s CEO,” said Ernst R. Gelb, DO, FACOFP, president of the AOA. He added, “As Dr. Klauer has said on many occasions, ‘Many hands make light work.’ His collaborative approach and spirit have benefited our association immeasurably as an organization of selfless service to the osteopathic profession and beyond. His leadership has reflected the same and has helped to position the AOA for a bright and successful future.”

This past week, the AOA recognized Dr. Klauer’s efforts by hanging his portrait at the national headquarters in Chicago. During that event, he noted, “It has been a true honor and pleasure to serve the AOA, its Board of Trustees, membership and staff. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity. Although I am very excited about my new role with HCA, I’m equally sad to step away from the AOA and those we serve.”

The AOA has initiated a national search for the association’s new CEO. Kathleen Creason, MBA, has been named Interim CEO to guide the organization through this important transition.

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