Outstanding Physician Award

The Foundation’s prestigious Outstanding Physician Award is presented annually to an osteopathic physician who has demonstrated extraordinary service to his or her patients, to the education of future physicians, to the profession, and to our community. The Outstanding Physician Selection Committee is faced with a monumental challenge each year to select just one osteopathic physician from the many qualified members of our organization who are recommended.

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Outstanding Physician Honorees


For 29 years, a distinguished group of physicians has been honored with the Osteopathic Founders Foundation Outstanding Physician Award. These physicians, who are chosen by their peers, are selected for their extraordinary service to patients, to the community, to the osteopathic profession, and to the education of young osteopathic physicians. The exemplary careers of these honorees are a tribute to the history of this profession and an inspiration to their successors. We congratulate and thank all our past honorees as we anticipate the announcement of the 2019 Outstanding Physician.

2018 Outstanding Physician


Stephen G. Bovasso, D.O.


Dr. Stephen G. Bovasso is married to Sharna and they have two children, Michael Blake and Allison Paige.

Growing up in Tulsa, Dr. Bovasso attended Monte Cassino and Casia Hall before pursuing his undergraduate degree at Oklahoma State University. He received his medical degree from OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993, then completed his Internship and Residency at Tulsa Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Bovasso is currently the Anesthesia Residency Program Director at OSU Medical Center, where he has served on numerous committees, and the President of UTB Anesthesia. In 2010 he was named OSU Medical Center Attending of the Year. He is board certified by the Osteopathic College of Anesthesiologists and a Fellow of the American Osteopathic College for Anesthesiologists. He holds memberships in multiple associations, including the American Osteopathic Association, Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, American Society of Anesthesiologists and Oklahoma Society of Anesthesiologists.

Past Honorees

2018    Stephen G. Bovasso, D.O.
2017    Michael H. Whitworth, D.O.
2016    J. Martin Beal, D.O.
2015    W.W. Stoever, D.O.
2014    Tom A. Hamilton, D.O.
2013    Stanley E. Grogg, D.O.
2012    Arthur G. Wallace, Jr., D.O.
2011    George E. Erbacher, D.O.
2010    J. Harley Galusha, D.O.
2009    Donald M. Dushay, D.O.
2008    Joseph J. Back, D.O.
2007    Michael P. Carney, D.O.
2006    Steven C. Buck, D.O.
2005    Richard R. Polk, D.O.
2004    Dean R. Fullingim, D.O.
2003    Larry J. Dullye, D.O.
2002    Harold L. Battenfield, D.O.
2001    R. Michael Eimen, D.O.
2000    Beverly J. Mathis, D.O.
1999    James S. Seebass, D.O.
1998    Kenneth E. Calabrese, D.O.
1997    David F. Hitzeman, D.O.
1996    Dan H. Fieker, D.O.
1995    Robert S. Lawson, D.O.
1994    James D. Edwards, D.O.
1993    B.B. Baker, D.O.
1992    Walter F. Kempe, D.O.
1991    Joseph A. Keuchel, D.O.
1990    Ebb W. Reeves, D.O.