An Overview of AOA’s National Osteopathic Advocacy Center

American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
American Osteopathic Association (AOA)


A board-certified and fellow-trained neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Thomas treats patients as a neurosurgical spine specialist at Sea Spine Orthopedic Institute in Plantation, Florida. Beyond his day-to-day activities as a neurosurgeon, Dr. Michael Thomas maintains memberships in several professional organizations, including the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

In addition to working to advance the knowledge and skills of its members, AOA oversees a variety of advocacy programs and activities to strengthen the osteopathic profession and promote the rights of all osteopathic physicians. The headquarters for the organization’s work in this area is the National Osteopathic Advocacy Center (NOAC), located in Washington, DC.

Created in 2012 with financial assistance from AOA members and other supporters, the NOAC is located on Vermont Avenue less than a half mile from the White House. The center includes offices for AOA government relations staff and visiting osteopathic physicians, as well as a full kitchen and multifunctional conference space.

The NOAC’s central location and state-of-the-art facilities make it an ideal gathering place for activities related to DO Day on Capitol Hill, an AOA advocacy event that brings osteopathic physicians and medical students to Washington, DC, each spring. For more information about the center and AOA’s advocacy efforts, visit


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