Noreen O'Shea, Des Moines University Researchers

Noreen O’Shea, D.O., FAAFP

Additional Roles
Assistant Professor, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program

Noreen O’Shea DO, FAAFP joined DMU in March 2014 as a clinician and faculty member in family medicine. She transitioned to the department of Behavioral Medicine, Medical Humanities and Bioethics in an academic role in 2017. She earned her doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree from DMU in 1984 and completed her family medicine residency at Creighton University/St. Joseph Hospital in Omaha. She is board certified in Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. She has worked at community health centers and family medicine clinics in Kentucky, New York, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. She also has done part-time work in emergency rooms in northwest Iowa.  Her leadership roles include medical director of two community health centers and a long-term care facility, interim chief executive officer of a federally qualified health center, and president of her county medical societies in Iowa and South Dakota. She also served on the boards of the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, the Iowa chapter of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association and the Iowa Medical Society. Dr. O’Shea is comfortable in all aspects of care of the individual, from prenatal and pediatric to geriatric. She also is interested in care of the uninsured and underinsured, population health, patient safety and the improvement of care. Her academic duties include lecturing in all three colleges at Des Moines University, as well as course direction within the College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Professional Societies

  • Iowa Medical Society, member, Board of Directors 2020-23, Speaker-IMS Policy Forum 2021-2023
  • Iowa Chapter, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, member, Board of directors 2019-present
  • Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, Board Chair, 2016-2017, President, 2015-2016 President-elect 2014-2015, Vice President 2013-2014, Secretary-Treasurer 2012-2013, Director, District 1: 2009-2012

Osteopathic Profession

  • National faculty, National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, 2017-present

Des Moines University Faculty Service

  • COM Faculty President 2017-2018
  • DO Curriculum Committee 2018-2022, Co-chair 2019-2021
  • DMU Professionalism Committee chair 2015-2016
  • Advisor: Sigma Sigma Phi Osteopathic honor and service fraternity, Women’s Medical Alliance, Dermatology club

DMU Volunteer Opportunities

  • Involvement in numerous outreach opportunities with DMU and COM clubs 2014-present

Community Involvement

  • Iowa Hospital Association Physician Business Leadership program 2020
  • Prairie Fire Spirituality program 2016-2019
  • League of Women Voters, 2012-present, Greater Des Moines Chapter Board Member 2019-present

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Osteopathic Medicine and the Health Sciences, Des Moines, IA, 1984
Loyola University of Chicago Masters in Bioethics program, anticipated graduation May 2023

Certificate in Health Information Technology: Project Planning

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