Michael L. Kuchera, DO has been named chair of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) of Marian University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (MU-COM). Kuchera comes to Marian University from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where he has served as a tenured professor in the Department of OMM since 2002 and clinical director of the Center for Chronic Disorders of the Aging since 2005. He previously served from 1988-1998 as chair of the OMM Department at the A.T. Still University - Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (ATSU-KCOM), and ATSU-KCOM’s vice president for Academic Affairs and dean from 1998-2000. He begins his new responsibilities at Marian University on September 1, 2012.
“Dr. Kuchera is an international authority on osteopathic medicine who, by accepting this position, brings an innovative, worldclass academic physician to the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is widely recognized at the highest levels in the profession. We are delighted that he has joined our talented team here at MU-COM,” said Dr. Paul Evans, DO, vice president and founding dean.
Kuchera is one of the world’s most recognized experts in the use of OMM and a prolific osteopathic researcher. At one point, he co-authored a nationally recognized museum exhibit, The Healer Within, which was on display at the Smithsonian Institute and toured the United States.
Currently Kuchera is investigating the effect of osteopathic manipulative treatment in head and neck function. He has also been funded by the U.S. Department of Defense in conjunction with the Veteran’s Administration and by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to research the effects of progressive maximal effort exercise for multiple sclerosis subjects. In 2002, the AOA Council of Research honored Kuchera with the Gutenshohn-Denslow Award, their highest honor for a career of research. In 2008 he was nationally named Beehler Research Mentor of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation.
A past president of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), which is headquartered in Indianapolis, Kuchera represents the United States in the International Federation of Manual/Musculoskeletal Medicine, where he serves as secretary-general. He lectures frequently throughout Europe as well as in Japan and Australia and is a founding member of the AOA's Bureau on International Osteopathic Medical Education & Affairs (BIOMEA). In addition to co-editing and writing numerous chapters in the osteopathic medical profession’s textbook Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine, Kuchera has coauthored a number of textbooks with his father, William A. Kuchera, DO, FAAO. Their texts, Osteopathic Principles in Practice and Osteopathic Considerations in Systemic Dysfunction, are both widely-used OMM textbooks in the nation’s colleges of osteopathic medicine.
About Marian University
Marian University is the only Catholic liberal arts university in central Indiana. It is a private, co-educational school offering classes to both traditional and non-traditional students. Located two miles northwest of downtown Indianapolis, it is dedicated to excellent teaching and learning in the Franciscan and liberal arts traditions. It is one of Indiana’s 31 independent colleges, and one of 244 Catholic colleges and universities in the United States. On July 1, 2009, Marian College became Marian University. On January 15, 2010, Marian University announced it would develop the first college of osteopathic medicine in the state of Indiana. MU-COM is the nation’s only osteopathic medical school sponsored by a Catholic University.