Millicent King Channell, DO, MA, FAAO, FNAOME, president-elect of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO)

Originally posted on the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) blog by Jasmine Eisinger

Millicent King Channell, DO, MA, FAAO, FNAOME, Associate Dean for Curriculum, at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM), is the 2022-23 president-elect of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO).  

On March 24, 2022 during the AAO Annual Convocation in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Channell was elected by the Academy’s membership to succeed Dr. Richard Schuster.  After spending a year as president-elect, Dr. Channell will become the 2023-24 president of the AAO, the nation’s largest medical society devoted to fostering neuromusculoskeletal medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine (NMM/OMM). Dr. Channell will be the first African-American to hold this office.

A graduate of PCOM, Dr. Channell is dual board-certified in both Family Medicine/OMT, and NMM/OMM.   She has served on the AAO’s Board of Governors since 2013 and the Board of Trustees since 2018.  Dr. Channell is a nationally engaged osteopathic academician who has served on the Board of Directors for the NBOME and was an inaugural member of the ACGME’s Osteopathic Recognition Committee.   Dr. Channell is a former Residency Director, and Department Chair for OMM, and is the co-author of the book The 5-Minute Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Consult (2nd Ed Wolters Kluwer 2019).  She is a graduate of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program at Drexel University College of Medicine and the Costin Institute at Midwestern University.

As president-elect, her goals include cultivating and supporting a diverse base of students and physicians committed to the osteopathic philosophy and increase patient awareness of osteopathic distinct practices by crowdsourcing the expertise of AAO members via remote study groups, in-person clinics, and online testimonials. Dr. Channell lives in Philadelphia with her husband and son.

For more information on Dr. Channell’s and her role in the AAO, contact Sherri L. Quarles at the American Academy of Osteopathy at (317) 879-1881, ext. 214, or at

The United States currently has more than 120,000 osteopathic physicians. Also known as DOs, osteopathic physicians are fully licensed physicians, as are MDs. The profession has grown 63% in the past decade and nearly 300% over the past three decades. Osteopathic physicians prescribe medicine and practice in all specialties, including osteopathic manipulative medicine, family medicine, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, and surgery. They are trained to consider the health of the whole person and to use their hands to help diagnose and treat patients.

The mission of the American Academy of Osteopathy is to teach, promote, and research the science, art and philosophy of osteopathic medicine, emphasizing the integration of osteopathic principles and practice in patient care. Founded in 1937, the Academy is a specialty college of the American Osteopathic Association.