“The board of trustees is extremely pleased Dr. Buser accepted this position. We have complete confidence he will do a wonderful job. He has our complete support,” said Terry Dotson, chairman of the college’s board of trustees.
Dotson also said the board will proceed in filling the need permanently and will be available to assist the college family in any way.
Buser has served as vice president and dean of the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine since 2007.
“I appreciate the confidence the board of trustees has demonstrated in appointing me to this interim position,” said Buser. “I will do my best to help move the college forward as we search for our next president.”
A native of Iowa, Buser received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa. After earning his osteopathic medical degree from the Des Moines (Iowa) University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1981, he went on to complete an osteopathic internship at the former Cranston General Hospital in Cranston, R.I. He is board certified in family practice as well as osteopathic manipulative medicine.
As past-president of the American Academy of Osteopathy, the New England Academy of Osteopathy, the Maine Osteopathic Association (MOA), and former chairman of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, Dr. Buser maintains a leadership role within the osteopathic medical profession. A member of the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) Board of Trustees since 2004, he serves the AOA in a number of other capacities, including chairman of the Bureau of Emerging States’ Concerns and member of the Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research. A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, in 2007 Buser was elected to the Current Procedural Terminology editorial panel by the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association. He is the first D.O. to be elected to the panel. He is a member of the Kentucky Institute of Medicine and the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure.
Buser has been active in the osteopathic profession internationally as well. He has taught extensively around the world over the past 15 years. He represented the American osteopathic profession in a number of World Health Organization (WHO) initiatives, including the WHO Congress on Traditional Medicine, held in Beijing, China, in 2008. He is also an officer of the Board of Directors of the Osteopathic International Alliance.
Since earning his D.O. degree, Buser has received many awards for outstanding achievements within the osteopathic medical community. In 1994, the AOA, along with the American Osteopathic Foundation, named him the osteopathic profession’s Educator of the Year. The Maine Osteopathic Association presented him with the Roswell Bates Award in 1994 and the Distinguished Service Award in 1996 and 2007.