Michael L. Kuchera, DO, FAAO is a senior educator and an internationally known leader, teacher and researcher in osteopathic manipulative medicine. He will serve as chair of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) starting in September 2012.
Dr. Kuchera earned bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees from Iowa State University. He graduated with a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM) where he later served in positions of advancing responsibilities as chair of OMM, OMM residency director, vice president for International Osteopathic Research and Education, and vice president for Academic Affairs and dean. He then directed the OMM Research and Human Performance and Biomechanics Laboratory at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). He also served as the clinical director of the Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging at PCOM.
Dr. Kuchera has published extensively on osteopathic medicine topics. In addition to co-editing and writing numerous articles and chapters, Dr. Kuchera co-authored Osteopathic Considerations in Systemic Dysfunction as well as two other textbooks with his father. He also co-authored a nationally recognized museum exhibit, The Healer Within, which has toured the country and the Smithsonian Institute.
Dr. Kuchera’s research interests include many topics in osteopathic manipulative medicine. He is studying the effects of exercise in multiple sclerosis, and the role of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) and other biomechanical approaches in improving function and quality of life in Parkinson's Disease. He has also done research on the efficacy of OMT in carpal tunnel syndrome and ankle sprains.
Dr. Kuchera has earned an international reputation as a worldwide leader in his field. He serves in numerous leadership positions and has been honored with a number of prestigious awards. Among his many responsibilities, he served as president of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), and represents the United States in the International Federation of Manual/Musculoskeletal Medicine in senior leadership office. In 2002, the AOA Council of Research awarded Dr. Kuchera the Gutenshohn-Denslow Award, the highest honor for a career of research and research mentorship. He was also named Research Mentor of the Year in 2008 by the American Osteopathic Foundation.