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About John W. Becher

Dr. Becher is president of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). A long-time member, Dr. Becher has served the association as chair of the departments of Education, Affiliate Affairs, Governmental Affairs and Professional Affairs. He also acted as a member of the editorial board of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
Since 1981, Dr. Becher has been chairman and professor of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Previously, he served as the College’s residency director of emergency medicine at the former City Avenue Hospital and at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia—a pioneering program that Dr. Becher developed in 1979. The program was the first emergency medicine academic residency training program in the osteopathic profession. It received dual accreditation in 1993 from the AOA and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and during Dr. Becher’s tenure as director, attracted up to 150 applicants from osteopathic and allopathic medical schools for 12 resident slots per year.
Dr. Becher is also an adjunct professor of emergency medicine at Thomas Jefferson University, as well as director of osteopathic medical education at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
In addition to his involvement with the AOA, Dr. Becher is a member of the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians and the Association of Academic Chairs in Emergency Medicine. He is past president of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association, for which he chaired several committees and boards. And he is a past appointee to the Federation of State Medical Boards’ Maintenance of Licensure Committee.


Present Chairman and Professor, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine
Present Professor of Emergency Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University


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Honors and Awards

  • O.J. Snyder Memorial Award, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (2009)

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