Letters to the Editor by YrqZ6C


									September 13, 2006

Letters to the Editor
ESPN The Magazine
19 E. 34th Street
New York, NY 10016

Dear Editor:

In the article “The Guru of Growth,” (Sept. 11, 2006) you lead the reader to believe that the “D.O.” medical
degree is a less prestigious title than M.D. While we are grateful that you are addressing the startling
prevalence of steroid use in sports, you have done a disservice to the highly qualified osteopathic physicians
(D.O.s) across the nation and the patients who seek medical treatment from them by asserting that they are
of a lower status than M.D.s.

There are a number of D.O.s who have treated and are treating professional athletes. Paul Saenz, D.O., is the
team physician for the San Antonio Spurs and was a medical staff member for the 2004 Olympic Games in
Athens; John Finley, Jr., D.O., was the team physician for the Detroit Red Wings for 46 years; and Lawrence
Lavine, D.O., treated Apolo Anton Ohno, two-time Olympic gold medal winner in speed skating, during the
2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics. I doubt athletes of this caliber would choose to be treated by D.O.s if their
credentials were truly less prestigious.

D.O.s are one of only two groups of fully licensed physicians in the United States, meaning they prescribe
medication and practice in all specialty areas including sports medicine, surgery and pediatrics, just to name a
few. They’re trained to consider the health of the whole person and use their hands to help diagnose and
treat patients. D.O.s must complete four years of osteopathic medical school, the first two consisting of
osteopathic medical curriculum with the third and fourth emphasizing clinical training in hospitals, major
medical centers and doctors’ offices. Following osteopathic medical school, D.O.s go on to complete
internship and residency programs.

I am proud to be a member of the osteopathic professional family and to work along side some of the best
physicians in the nation.

If you would like to learn more about D.O.s or osteopathic medicine, please visit www.osteopathic.org or call
(800) 621-1773, ext. 8291.


John A. Strosnider, D.O.

CC:     Arthur H. Bell, D.O.
        Jon Wills, Executive Director, Ohio Osteopathic Association

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