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National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners Installs New Officers

December 23, 2019

Philadelphia, PA — The National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME), an independent, nonprofit organization that provides competency assessments for osteopathic medical licensure and related health care professions, announced the installment of three officers to its board of directors.

In addition to the new officers, the NBOME recognized Dana C. Shaffer, DO, FACOFP, for his service as Board Chair from over the past two years. NBOME President & CEO, John R. Gimpel, DO, MEd, expressed his gratitude for Immediate Past Chair Dr. Shaffer.

The following individuals were elected to serve as officers for the NBOME’s Board of Directors:

Board Chair: Geraldine T. O’Shea, DO 

As the Chair of the NBOME Board, Dr. O’Shea will lead the NBOME’s strategic plan for 2020-2022, ACEL and vision to become the global leader in assessment for the osteopathic medicine and related health care professions. Dr. O’Shea became a member of the NBOME Board in December 2009 and has served on the Awards Committee, COMLEX-USA Composite Examination Committee, Finance Committee, and the Marketing and Communications Task Force. She was installed as Vice-Chair in December 2017. Previously she served as Secretary-Treasurer from 2015-2017, chaired the Finance Committee and currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee, the Compensation Subcommittee, the SAS for GME Outreach Task Force, and as Liaison Committee Chair.

Dr. O’Shea has practiced internal medicine at the Foothills Women’s Medical Center in Jackson, California, since 1998. A 1993 graduate of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, she completed her internal medicine residency at the Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. O’Shea served as president of the Osteopathic Medical Board of California from 2006 to 2012, and in 2013 as president of the American Association of Osteopathic Examiners. She also previously served on the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Nominating Committee and has served on the FSMB’s Awards, Audit, and Finance Committees.

Dr. O’Shea is a trustee of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and serves as chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, the Bureau of Membership and the Membership Value Task Force. Before being appointed to the AOA Board of Trustees, Dr. O’Shea served the AOA in many capacities, including vice-chair of the Bureau on Federal Health Programs and vice-chair of the Council of Women’s Health Issues. As past president of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC), Dr. O’Shea was chair of the California delegation to the AOA’s House of Delegates between 2006 and 2014 and received the OPSC’s Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2012.

Board Vice-Chair: Richard J. LaBaere, II, DO, MPH, FAODME

Geraldine T. O'Shea

Dr. LaBaere is the NBOME’s newly installed Vice Chair for 2020-2022. He joined the NBOME Board in 2010 and served on the organization’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Enhancing COMLEX-USA and the Marketing and Communications Task Force. Dr. LaBaere previously served as the Secretary-Treasurer on the Board of Directors, Chairs the Finance Committee and Chairs the COMLEX-USA Composite Examination Committee. He also serves on the Compensation Committee, and the Executive Committee, as well as the SAS for GME Outreach Task Force.

Dr. LaBaere is currently the associate dean for postgraduate training, the osteopathic postdoctoral training institution academic officer and an adjunct clinical professor of family medicine at A.T. Still University–Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM) in Missouri. He has served as regional assistant dean for the Michigan region at the Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan, where he began his career in 1993 in private practice and graduate medical education.

He has served in various roles as family medicine residency program director, director of medical education and designated institutional official for over 25 years. Dr. LaBaere has presented to local, state and national audiences and has received a number of awards, including the 2006 Osteopathic Family Physician of the Year by the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and was inducted into the American Osteopathic Association’s Mentor Hall of Fame in 2007 and as a fellow in the collegium of the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME) in 2008. He served as AODME president in 2013. Dr. LaBaere is certified by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He earned his Bachelor of Science and master of public health degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and his DO degree from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Board Secretary-Treasurer: Lori A. Kemper, DO, MS, FACOFP

Richard J. LaBaere II

Dr. Kemper will serve as the NBOME Secretary-Treasurer for 2020-2022. A member of the NBOME Board, Dr. Kemper is also a member of the Test Accommodations Committee and the Awards Committee.

Dr. Kemper’s more than 30-year career encompasses both independent practice and graduate medical education. Since 2007, she has been the dean of Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she previously served as associate dean of graduate medical education and associate professor in the department of family medicine. She currently serves as a commissioner to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and is the chair of the Board of Deans of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).

Dr. Kemper earned her DO degree from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1981 and a master’s degree in biological sciences from Arizona State University. She is board certified in family practice and is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Dr. Kemper has practiced as a family physician since 1982, starting her career with the National Health Service Corps, where she provided care for the underserved population in south Phoenix, Arizona. She served as director of medical education and as the family medicine residency program director for Tempe St. Luke’s Hospital in Tempe, Arizona, from 1993 to 2007, where she also served as chief of staff from 2005 to 2007.

Dr. Kemper has earned numerous awards, including the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association (AOMA)’s Excellence in Osteopathic Medical Education award (2010), Phoenix Magazine’s “Top Doc” award (2007, 1997), and the AOMA’s Physician of the Year Award (2006). Dr. Kemper served as the program director for OMED 2011, the annual Osteopathic Medical Conference and Exhibition. She chairs the Professional Education Committee for the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association, of which she is past president.