The 2020 Des Moines University Commencement Ceremony has been canceled.

We are very disappointed that we had to make this decision, but as a health science institution, we feel this is in the best interest of our students, their families and our community.  We are looking into our options and will keep graduates informed as additional decisions are made.   


Kevin Klauer, D.O.’92, EJD, FACEP

Dr. Klauer became chief executive officer of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in May 2019. The first osteopathic physician to lead AOA operations since 1981, he has primary responsibility for strategy, operating results, continued organizational growth and advocacy for the osteopathic profession.

Before becoming AOA’s CEO, Dr. Klauer most recently served as vice president and chief medical officer for hospital-based services, chief risk officer and executive director for patient safety at TeamHealth, a leading clinician services organization. Prior to joining TeamHealth in January 2015, he spent 15 years with Emergency Medicine Physicians Ltd. (EMP), serving in many capacities. He also served as a board member for the EMP Medical Group and the Physicians Specialty Limited Risk Retention Group.

Dr. Klauer is an assistant clinical professor at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and a clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine. He was recognized by the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians with the 2018 Outstanding Educator of the Year award.

Dr. Klauer is board-certified in emergency medicine and holds an executive juris doctorate from Concord Law School. He is a Fellow and member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) board of directors. He served as medical editor in chief for ACEP Now from 2014 to 2019. He previously served as ACEP Council speaker and was editor-in-chief for Emergency Physicians Monthly. He now is a manuscript reviewer for the Annals of Emergency Medicine and a member of the editorial board of the ED Legal Letter. The author of several medical book chapters, he has received numerous awards for his excellence in writing and public speaking.

Kevin Klauer, Des Moines University Commencement Speaker 2020
Kevin Klauer, D.O.’92, EJD, FACEP

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