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 SIG is open to all members of WADEM in good standing.

Osteopathic Physician SIG Leadership

Williams Bograkos, DO, MA
Clinical Professor
University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Capt. Jonathan Shecter, DO
Disaster Medicine and EMS Fellow
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Medical School

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.