Founders’ Awards

Every year since 1990, the Foundation has recognized outstanding osteopathic physicians from the Northwest.
Nominations for these three categories of honorees are open year-round.

Nominations will be accepted year-round but promoted during the month of June each year. Selection will be made by members of the Foundation, and the awardee will be announced in early August.

This award is presented annually to an osteopathic physician from the Northwest that has made a lifetime of contributions to the profession as well as the community.
It is presented in honor of Scott Heatherington DO, the first physician from Oregon to become President of the American Osteopathic Association (1969) and former President of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of Oregon (1952-53). He was also the Founding President of the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation (1986-1987)

J. Scott Heatherington DO, AOA President 1969 NWOMF Founding President 1986

Lifetime Achievement Award

Use this form to nominate an osteopathic physician from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington who has a lifetime of experience, leadership, and contributions to the profession and the community. Nominations received by July 10 will be considered for this year and the awardee(s) announced in late July.
  • Focus on contributions to the osteopathic profession as a physician. Highlight direct patient care or leadership in patient care when applicable.
  • Focus on contributions to osteopathic medicine through professional associations, preceptorships, academia, research, health policy or other experiences. Highlight leadership when applicable.
  • Focus on contributions to the community beyond being a physician. Highlight longevity of service when applicable.
  • Nomination Submitted By

Allison Abraham DO, 2019 Rising Star with Jennifer LeTourneau DO

Nominations will be accepted year-round but promoted during the month of October each year. Selection will be made by members of the Foundation and the awardee will be announced in late November.

Since 2000, the Foundation has recognized osteopathic physicians that have made outstanding contributions in the first decade of their practice.

Rising Star Award Nomination Form

Use this form to nominate an osteopathic physician from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington who has 10 or fewer years of practice. Nominations received by October will be considered for this year and the awardee(s) announced in late November.
  • Focus on quality of care to patients.
  • Focus on research, policy, advocacy, and/or participation in professional organizations.
  • Focus on volunteer work, especially where the nominee showed leadership and creativity.

Nominations will be accepted year-round but promoted during the month of February each year. Selection will be made by Foundation members and the announcement will be made on National Doctor Day, March 30.

After formally recognizing the men and women that created the Foundation, this award has been presented to osteopathic physicians, exceptional individuals and couples, and to organizations that have made a major contribution to the osteopathic profession and/or education.

Nancy Kragt DO, 2019 Exceptional Accomplishment Recipient with Her Family

Founders' Exceptional Accomplishment Award

Use this form to nominate an osteopathic physician from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington who has been in practice for 10 or more years. Nominations received by March 10 will be considered for this year and the awardee(s) announced on National Doctor's Day, March 30.
  • Focus on exceptional contributions to the osteopathic profession as a physician. Highlight direct patient care or leadership in patient care when applicable.
  • Focus on exceptional contributions to osteopathic medicine through professional associations, preceptorships, academia, research, health policy, or other experiences. Highlight leadership when applicable.
  • Focus on exceptional contributions to the community beyond being a physician. Highlight leadership in service when applicable.
  • Nomination Submitted By