Michael L. Kuchera, DO, FAAO, professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) at the Marian University College Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM), was recently re-elected to a four-year term as Secretary-General of the Fédération Internationale de Médecine Manuelle (FIMM).
This is Dr. Kuchera’s fourth elected term to the FIMM Executive Board where he previously served four years as vice president and eight years as secretary general. During Dr. Kuchera’s years serving, he secured, planned and chaired the only Triennial FIMM Scientific & Educational Congress to be held in North America (Chicago, 2001). His recent work with the FIMM Health Policy Board resulted in its approved Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Manual Medicine.
Appointed annually since 1996 as the United States’ voting delegate to the annual FIMM General Assembly, Dr. Kuchera currently represents the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), whose headquarters are located in Indianapolis. He has been on the AAO Board of Governors for nearly three decades and chairs their International Affairs Committee.
FIMM is a physician-only federation made up of Manual/Musculoskeletal–Medicine (MM-Medicine) National Societies representing 24 different countries. It is recognized as the international federation disseminating knowledge and expertise integrating MM-Medicine to health care. FIMM was founded in 1958 and will hold its 50th general assembly in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 4, 2015.