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 late July.

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 (1985-1987)

J. Scott Heatherington DO, AOA President 1969 NWOMF Founding President 1985

Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination

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 June 30th 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 September each year. Selection will be made by members of the Foundation and the awardee will be announced in late October.

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

Rising Star Award Nomination

Use this form to nominate an osteopathic physician from Alaska, Idado, Montana, Oregon, or Washington who has been in practice 10 years or less. Nominations received by September 30th will be considered for this year and the awardee(s) announced in late October.
  • 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 leadership in service when applicable.
  • Nomination Submitted By

Nominations will be accepted year-round but promoted during the month of February each year. Selection will be made by members of the Foundation and the awardee will be announced 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 Achievement Recipient with Her Family

Exceptional Accomplishment Award Nomination

Use this form to nominate your physician for the Exceptional Accomplishment Award. Nominations received by February 28th will be considered for this year and the awardee(s) announced in late March.
  • Focus on contributions to the osteopathic profession as a physician. Highlight EXCEPTIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS in direct patient care or leadership in patient care.
  • Focus on contributions to osteopathic medicine through professional associations, preceptorships, academia, research, health policy or other experiences. Highlight leadership and EXCEPTIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
  • Focus on contributions to the community beyond being a physician. Highlight leadership and EXCEPTIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
  • Nomination Submitted By