of Commitment to Quality Health Care


85 years ago, the NBOME was founded with the overall goal of providing the means to assess competencies for osteopathic medicine and related health care professionals. We are proud of how far we’ve come on this incredible journey, and while we remain firmly committed to our historic roots, we look optimistically ahead to what the future holds.

To celebrate our 85th anniversary, the NBOME is taking you back in time. Throughout the year we'll be posting pieces of NBOME history, from the momentous events that shaped our organization, to the characters who led us through the years. You can look out for #ByTheDecades on our social media channels for teasers and trivia, and find the full stories here.



Meet Charles Hazzard, DO!

First President of the NBOME

A native of Peoria, Illinois, Charles Hazzard, DO, graduated from Northwestern University and enrolled in the first class at American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville in 1892. He was the author of the widely used The Principles of Osteopathy and The Practice of Osteopathy. Hazzard was elected president of the American Osteopathic Association in 1903, the same year he moved to New York to begin a private practice. For many years he was treasurer of the A.T. Still Research Institute. In 1934 he was named the first president of the National Board of Examiners for Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (NBEOPS).


Meet Asa Willard, DO!

Co-founder of the NBOME

Asa Willard, DO, was born in Frederick County, Maryland. After attending Missouri State Normal School (now Truman State University) in Kirksville, he entered the American School of Osteopathy, where he was taught directly by Dr. Andrew Taylor Still. After graduating in 1900, he opened his own practice where his chief role was that of gadfly and tireless promoter of full rights for osteopathic physicians. His columns in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association were written in a folksy style with an incisive intellect that feasted on statistics and political machinations (he didn’t know how to be dull). Founder of the National Board of Examiners for Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons in 1934, he was its first secretary-treasurer.


Check back as we add more to our timeline in the coming weeks!