Throughout his professional life, Raymond J. Hruby, D.O.’73, has shown he understands, applies, teaches and supports the principles and concepts of osteopathic medicine. His holistic career motivated the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) to name him the 2013 recipient of the A.T. Still Medallion of Honor, the academy’s highest honor.
AAO President David Coffey, D.O., FAAO, presented the award to Hruby during the annual AAO convocation in Orlando, FL, March 23. The medallion is given to members who have exhibited, among other accomplishments in scientific or professional affairs, an exceptional understanding and application of osteopathic principles and concepts.
After graduating from DMU, Hruby interned at the Osteopathic Hospital of Maine in Lewiston, at which he later became a member of the service of osteopathic medicine. He was director of the service from 1981 to 1985. After working in private practice in San Diego, he became an associate professor in the department of osteopathic principles and practice at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME, where he was appointed director of pre-doctoral education in 1993. He went on to serve as professor and chair of the departments of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing and Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Lebanon, OR. He is certified in neuromusculoskeletal medicine/OMM and family practice.
Officially retired from Western University, Hruby, of Alta Loma, CA, continues to work as a consultant to its OMM department and on special projects with the interprofessional education program and graduate school of basic medical sciences.
A past president of the AAO, Hruby now serves on its board of governors, international affairs committee and publications committee. He is former scientific editor of the AAO Journal and co-author of the book Evidence-Based Manual Medicine.