Ohio Osteopathic Foundation

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The Ohio Osteopathic Foundation (OOF) is the charitable arm of the Ohio Osteopathic Association (OOA), founded in 1963 to support osteopathic education and research in the state of Ohio. From June 1975 until April 1983, the OOF was funded by a mandatory assessment, unanimously approved by the OOA House of Delegates. The assessment was restricted to support the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) and raised more than $1 million to support development of the college. Today, the OOF depends on tax-deductible contributions and grants from other foundations and governmental agencies to carry on its work. 

OOF Board of Trustees

Douglas W. Harley, DO

Heidi Weber, MBA, CAE

Vice Chair
Andrew P. Eilerman, DO

Edward E. Hosbach II, DO

Trustees by virtue of OOA position
Nicklaus J. Hess, DO
Katherine H. Eilenfeld, DO

Trustees as elected by OOA House of Delegates
Sharon L. George, DO (term expires May 2025)
Paul T. Scheatzle, DO (term expires May 2026)
Mark S. Jeffries, DO (term expires May 2026)
Jennifer L. Gwilym, DO (term expires May 2027)
Sean D. Stiltner, DO (term expires May 2027)


The OOF is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt scientific and educational organization. Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions to support the foundation programs, leave money to the OOF in their wills, or designate the OOF to receive memorial gifts in honor of loved ones. Donations may be restricted according to the donor's specification for specific OOF Programs. The tax-deductible donation is acknowledged by the Foundation.

Inspired by his passion for rowing, OOA Past President Robert W. Hostoffer, Jr., DO,  adopted “PULL” as the theme for his 2015-2016 term. The acronym stands for Pride, Unity, Loyalty, Legacy. Hostoffer captains a four-man boat and has won gold and silver medals in several regattas in the Cleveland area. Get details about the PULL Campaign. Read more about Dr. Hostoffer.

The Ohio Osteopathic Association also donates $25 to the Ohio Osteopathic Student Loan Fund in the name of a deceased member at the time of death. Endowment funds, in the name of the donor, can be established by gifts or bequests of $10,000 or more. Request more information about planned giving from the OOA office.

Memorial Contributions

OOA members and friends are invited to make a contribution in honor of a deceased physician. For memorial gifts, a card is sent to the family of the deceased informing them of the donation in honor of their loved one. No amounts are mentioned and your contribution is tax deductible. All donations are acknowledged in Buckeye Osteopathic Physician, unless anonymity is requested.

See the In Memoriam archive. Readers can notify the OOA of a deceased colleague by sending an email to jbarnhart@OhioDO.org.

Student White Coat FundWhite Coats

The physician’s white coat is a symbol of authority and professionalism.

A new program, initiated in 2019, helps OOF donors connect with the newest members of the Ohio osteopathic family by purchasing a white coat for an incoming student!

All first-year medical students at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OU-HCOM) receive their first white coat, complete with OOA armpatch, compliments of the Ohio Osteopathic Foundation. It is a gift from their professional family to commemorate the beginning of their academic career as a medical student.

With the sponsorship comes the opportunity to include a message to the recipient, which will be tucked inside the coat pocket. Students receive their coat every year at the Convocation & White Coat Ceremony.

White coat sponsorship is $45 per coat. (Note: When contributing online, include your message in the “comments” field.)

Commemorative Walkway

OOA Office & Commemorative WalkwayThe Ohio Osteopathic Association celebrated its 110th anniversary on December 31, 2008. To mark the occasion, a new walkway with engraved bricks was installed at the OOA headquarters in Columbus.

Barbara A. Bennett, DO, then OOA president, noted the project is a way to pay tribute to a colleague, friend, mentor, or someone who has made a significant contribution to osteopathic medicine.“By purchasing a brick, you will not only mark a place in history, but help pave the way for our dynamic future and leave a lasting legacy,” she said, “particularly since proceeds from the walkway will support osteopathic research and education in Ohio.”

Engraved bricks are suitable as birthday, anniversary, and graduation gifts and can also serve to memorialize the departed.

Personalized bricks may be purchased for $125 each (an optional fourth line may be engraved for an additional $25 per brick), with payment made to the Ohio Osteopathic Foundation. Donations are tax deductible and all proceeds will support osteopathic research and education in Ohio.

Download the Engraved Brick Form for the OOA Commemorative Walkway and return it to the OOA with payment.

OOA Commemorative Walkway

Student Tuition Loan Fund

The OOF Student Loan Fund was established in 1982 to provide assistance to Ohio students enrolled in osteopathic colleges. Since its inception, the OOF has provided more than $471,201 in direct loans to osteopathic students. In September 1987, the OOF donated a $28,600 matching grant to OU-HCOM, which generated $260,000 in federal funds through the Health Professions Student Loan Program. In 2004-05, the OOF conducted a matching grant campaign and contributed $205,920 to OU-HCOM to secure $2.6 million from the federal government for primary care and disadvantaged student loans.

OOF Loan Terms

Simple interest rates for OOF loans are two percent below prime at the time the loan is approved. To be eligible for the loan, the applicant must be a student at an accredited osteopathic college, a resident of Ohio, have financial need and maintain a passing grade point average. First priority is given to seniors or those in emergency situations, but applications are accepted from all classes based on need. The Nelson J. Musson, DO, Loan Program gives first preferences to students from Northwest Ohio.

OOF loans pay tuition up to a maximum of $6,000 via checks made payable to the student and the osteopathic college. The loan is interest-free during in-school period, and, unless a waiver is requested, requires monthly payments of interest only during the internship and full payment after internship with a maximum repayment period of five years.

The student may apply anytime throughout the school year.

The Musson Fund was established in the mid 1970s by Dr. Musson’s family to honor the Fremont, Ohio, physician.


The first OOF Student Scholarships were awarded in 1975 through 1977 to four students in each of the inaugural classes at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and were renewable for four years as long as the students maintained academic excellence. The OOF Scholarship Program culminated in 1977 with the permanent endowment of three named scholarship funds, providing annual awards to three students.

Two of the scholarships honor legislators who were instrumental in establishing the Ohio college, including former state representative Tom Fries, of Dayton, the primary sponsor of the legislation that created the school, and George D. Tablack, of Campbell, who was instrumental in funding the school's development. The third scholarship was made possible by a gift from Dr. and Mrs. William J. Athens, of Columbus, in memory of their daughter Angela Sophia. OU-HCOM students should contact the Office of Student Affairs

General Fund

Undesignated funds are assigned to support discretionary projects approved by the OOF Board of Trustees Donate Online Todaythat benefit the osteopathic profession. This fund is currently being used to purchase lab coats with OOA arm patches that are presented to OU-HCOM freshmen during the annual convocation and White Coat Ceremony. The fund also supports student activities and programs that enhance osteopathic education in Ohio.

The OOF has donated more than $1 million over the years to fund projects at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. Previous grants funded the purchase of various microscope systems, the learning resource center, basic science instructional units, research equipment, major library acquisitions, a fellowship in osteopathic practice and principles and many other programs. The General Fund also supported a retreat that led to the development of a standard Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) curriculum for students associated with the Centers for Osteopathic Research & Education, interns and residents. The OOF also supported the naming of two research labs at the Ohio University Academic Research Center -- one in honor of members of the Ohio Osteopathic Association and the other in honor of Warren General Hospital. 

Continuing Medical Education

The OOF is an approved sponsor of Category 1-A programs in Ohio. The foundation also serves as an umbrella for districts and affiliated organizations, which can sign agreements to become AOA CME Category 1-A "providers" under the OOF's supervision. See the AOA CME page for complete details.

In 1999, the OOF assumed responsibility for sponsoring the Ohio Osteopathic Annual Convention in cooperation with the Ohio Osteopathic Association. Though first awarded in the 1970s, the James O. Watson DO Memorial Lecture was expanded in 2006-2007 when OOF teamed with the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations in Columbus. The award now recognizes a prominent osteopathic researcher during the event each year. In 2010, the convention evolved into the Ohio Osteopathic Symposium, a collaborative effort of OOA and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.  

Fund for Impaired Health Professionals

This fund was established to support the Ohio Professionals Health Program (OhioPHP) formerly called Ohio Physicians Health Program, which assists with the identification, intervention and referral, and case management of physicians who are affected by substance use disorders. 

Leadership Fund

This fund is utilized to send students and physicians to leadership training programs in Ohio and to support student participation in osteopathic conferences, including the OOA Convention. In 2006, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations awarded the OOF a five-year, $261,100 grant to work collaboratively with other supportive osteopathic organizations in Ohio in the development of a leadership and mentoring program. 

Health Policy Fellowship GrantHealth Policy Fellow

The OOF established a grant program to defray the costs of OOA members who are accepted into the AACOM Health Policy Fellowship Program. Terms of the OOF grant require the recipient to serve on the OOA State Health Policy Committee and to assist association staff in developing position statements on various health policy issues. Contact OOA Executive Director Heidi Weber for information.

OOA History Fund

In January 1997, the OOF established a centennial fund to raise money for special projects designed to honor the 100th anniversary of the profession in Ohio. Commemorative posters, a video profiling the profession in Ohio, and radio public service announcements were produced. In 1999,the fund received a $45,000 grant from The Brentwood Foundation to hire Carol Poh Miller, a Cleveland historian, to research and write a history of the osteopathic profession in Ohio. The book was published by the Ohio University Press in 2004. A Second Voice: A Century of Osteopathic Medicine in Ohio is available for purchase from the Ohio University Press.

Warren General Hospital Fund

In 2006, the Board of Warren General Hospital endowed a fund in its name with a $804,144 gift to support osteopathic medical education, including the osteopathic pre- and post-doctoral educational programs at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren, Ohio. The gift will also fund education initiatives for osteopathic physicians and osteopathic medical students in Ohio; research, advancement, promotion, and development of osteopathic medicine; and scholarships, grants-in-aid and other financial assistance to students at osteopathic educational facilities with first priority to students residing in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.

Three members of the Warren General Hospital Board were named to a committee to advise the OOF regarding use of the funds. They are Charles H. Curtiss, DO, of Warren; Sandra W. Foster, PhD, of Cortland; and Harold O. Firster, DPM, of Newton Falls. "The contribution was made in honor of all of the physicians and staff who worked at the hospital," said David J. Jenkins, chair of the Warren General Hospital Association.

Opened in 1958, Warren General Hospital was the project of three area osteopathic physicians: William J. Timmins, Jr., DO; Eugene R. DeLucia, DO; and Mario D. Massullo, DO. It operated until 1996 when St. Joseph Health Center, part of Humility of Mary Health Partners, acquired it. The initial endowment comes from proceeds of the sale.


Click here for the latest copy of the OOF's IRS Form 990:  OOF IRS Form 990