Improving global prehospital and emergency medicine, public health, and disaster health care and preparedness

Osteopathic Physician

The establishment of the Osteopathic Physician SIG was approved by the WADEM Board of Directors in December 2010. The section is open to all members of WADEM in good standing.

Dr. (Col.) Bograkos and Lt. Mat Kilroe recently spoke at the New Hampshire (USA) Osteopathic Association. Dr. Bograkos gave a brief overview of Man-Made Disasters such as Deliberate Epidemics followed by an Operational briefing by Lt. Kilroe.

Military medical scholars in New England are utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) in an effort to discuss the opiate epidemic. GIS has been a powerful tool in Public Health Operations since the World Health Organization examined cholera in Africa.

Mission & Vision

Mission: To pursue academic excellence in international disaster preparedness, response, recovery, development, prevention, and mitigation.

Vision: To expand the role of the osteopathic physician in global health and humanitarian assistance.


The objectives of the Osteopathic Physician SIG are:

  • Share WADEM's "best practices" and "lessons learned" with universities and colleges of Osteopathic Medicine;
  • Increase WADEM membership through the recruitment of physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals;
  • Strengthen civil-military relationships through training and education;
  • Invest in the future through the mentoring of students.