The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides competency assessments for osteopathic medical licensure and related health care professions, is proud to announce the installation of its newest members of the NBOME Board of Directors. Brian A. Kessler, DO; Brookshield Laurent, DO; Tracy O. Middleton, DO; and Michael F. Oliverio, DO, were elected at the annual NBOME Board Meeting (virtual) held in December, 2020.
PHILADELPHIA, PA. The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides competency assessments for osteopathic medical licensure and related health care professions, is proud to announce the installation of its newest members of the NBOME Board of Directors. Brian A. Kessler, DO; Brookshield Laurent, DO; Tracy O. Middleton, DO; and Michael F. Oliverio, DO, were elected at the annual NBOME Board Meeting (virtual) held in December, 2020.
NBOME board members are carefully chosen based on expertise and experience in clinical disciplines, medical education and assessment, and medical or regulatory administrative experience reflective of the needs of the public.
“During the COVID-era, we are thrilled to be able to welcome four new members to our board to help lead the way to a better future in osteopathic medicine,” John R. Gimpel, DO, MEd, President & CEO shared, “As it is our mission to protect the public, we cannot do so without the guidance and perseverance of our dedicated board of directors.”
“It is with great honor that I welcome our newest board members—and such a warming sight to see more women standing with us,” said Geraldine T. O’Shea, DO, Board Chair, “It is important now more than ever to join hands in our fight against COVID-19 in protecting the public.”
Brian A. Kessler DO, FACOFP, Harrogate, Tennessee
Dr. Brian Kessler serves as the Vice President, Dean, and Chief Academic Officer of Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate and Knoxville, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM has a mission to serve rural and underserved communities. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide health care in the often-underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. Dr. Kessler was nominated to the NBOME Board of Directors by the AACOM.
Dr. Kessler is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. After completing a traditional rotating internship in Pennsylvania and an Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency at Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital, he practiced with both the Cleveland Clinic and the University Hospitals of Cleveland. It was then that he joined Campbell University to pursue a career in academic medicine.
He served previously as the inaugural Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs at Campbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine in Buies Creek, North Carolina. He is the former Chief Academic Officer and Director of Medical Education at Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.
Dr. Kessler is an AOA Health Policy Fellow, an Academic Leadership Fellow, and a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He currently serves as a commissioner on the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association, and member and governor of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He serves as a state delegate to both the AOA House of Delegates and the ACOFP Congress of Delegates.
Brookshield Laurent DO, Jonesboro, Arkansas
Dr. Brookshield Laurent is the chairwoman and associate professor for the department of Clinical Medicine at NYIT-College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University. She is also the Executive Director for the Delta Population Health Institute, the community engagement arm for NYITCOM at Arkansas State University.
Dr. Laurent earned her Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from Rowan-School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed specialty training in Family Medicine at Christiana Care in Newark, Delaware. Dr. Laurent is a fellow of the AACOM Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship. Dr. Laurent is also a fellow of the Physician Leadership Institute through the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.
During Dr. Laurent’s tenure at NYITCOM, she has served as course director for foundational medical and clinical skills courses. Dr. Laurent was appointed as an associate faculty for the NYIT- Center for Global Health, teaching and providing students opportunities to engage in global health research, policy, and practice. Dr. Laurent’s work in global health led to her appointment as chair for the Peredo Hospital Health Advisory Board for a rural health care organization in Haiti.
Dr. Laurent was appointed as director for the NYITCOM Population Health Certificate Program, which was established to prepare rising physicians to become leaders in community health. She has further developed the program to equip student physicians to address social determinants of health and gain competencies in U.S. and global health policy, health advocacy, and rural health.
Tracy O. Middleton DO, FACOFP, Glendale, Arizona
Dr. Tracy Middleton is an educator, mentor and leader in osteopathic family medicine. She is board certified in Family Medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine, with experience in private practice, as a residency attending physician, and as an academic physician. As Chair and Clinical Professor of Osteopathic Community and Family Medicine at Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, she is devoted to the enhancement of osteopathic medical education, curricular reform and developing new learning experiences, and enjoys mentoring students and faculty.
Dr. Middleton is a 1988 graduate of Oklahoma State University-College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her family medicine residency at Flint Osteopathic Hospital in Flint, Michigan. She is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP), was recipient of the ACOFP Fellows Most Outstanding Scientific Paper Award, and is a regular chapter author for the 5-Minute Clinical Consult. As a NBOME National Faculty member, she has been an item writer since 1999, participated on several committees, served as the Chair of the NBOME COMAT Family Medicine Examination Committee and as Chair of the COMAT Advisory Committee. Dr. Middleton is on the board of directors for the Arizona chapters of both the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) and the American Academy of Family Physicians. She is a prior recipient of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA) Outstanding Mentor Award, the AOMA Physician of the Year Award, the ACOFP Educator of the Year Award, the AzACOFP President’s Award, and has been named to the American Osteopathic Mentor Hall of Fame.
Michael F. Oliverio DO, North Bellmore, New York
Dr. Michael F. Oliverio is a solo practice Osteopathic Physician delivering Osteopathic Manipulation and primary care service to his patients on Long Island, New York since 2003.
Dr. Oliverio earned his D.O. degree from NYITCOM in 1997 after completing a 1 year undergraduate fellowship in OMM. He served his rotating internship and family practice residency at Long Beach Medical Center, earning both Intern of the Year and the Directors’ Award for Osteopathic Excellence.
A former Assistant Professor in OMM at NYITCOM, Dr. Oliverio has lectured on the state and national level on various topics relating to OMT in primary care. At the state level, he has worked as Executive Director for the New York State Chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) from 2015-2020. Nationally, he has served the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine from 2014 to 2019 including 2 years as Vice Chair.
His service to NBOME began in 2001 as an exam reviewer / item writer and he has served as National Faculty Chair for COMLEX-USA Level 3 since 2013.