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Alexander Nicholas, D.O., F.A.A.O.

 

Dr. Nicholas has served as Professor, Chair and Residency Program Director of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at PCOM since 1987. Dr. Nicholas received his B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1971 and his D.O. from PCOM in 1975. He joined the College faculty as an Instructor in 1976 after completing his internship at PCOM. Dr. Nicholas has operated an OMM practice on-campus since 1977. He was the chairperson for the Curriculum committee here at PCOM from 1997-2003. He was elected to the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) in 1982 and became a fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy (FAAO) in 1985. He was Chairman of the committee on fellowship of the AAO from 2002-04. He has been a member of the Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles since 1978. Additionally, he served on the American Osteopathic Association's Steering Committee on the National Institute for Osteopathic Education Development in 1982. Dr. Nicholas currently serves as co-chairman of POMA's Committee on Osteopathic Principles, Practice, and Policy.

 
Dr. Nicholas was honored with the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1996 and the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award in 1981. He also received the Frederic J. Solomon, DO Award of Merit from the Pennsylvania Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians in 1999. In 2005 he received an AOA Mentor Hall of Fame Award. He has published articles in several distinguished professional journals, including "A Somatic Component to Myocardial Infarction" in the British Medical Journal (1985) and the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (1987), and "Palpation in Osteopathic Medicine" in Osteopathic Annals (1978), as well as Atlas of Osteopathic Techniques (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008), the latest, most complete text on osteopathic manipulative techniques, which was written with his brother, Dr. Evan Nicholas. Dr. Nicholas has lectured extensively on Osteopathic Principles and Practice nationally and in Europe and directs the osteopathic manipulative medicine educational programs in Germany (DAAO-MWE) and Austria (OAGMM) for those European physicians interested in osteopathic medicine.
 
 
 
Published Work
 
Goldstein, F., Jeck, S., Nicholas, A., Berman, M., Lerario, M., Preoperative Intravenous Morphine Sulfate with Postoperative Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Reduces Patient Analgesic Use After Total Abdominal Hysterectomy, JAOA, Vol 105, No 6, June 2005
 
Washington, K., Mosiello, R., Venditto, M., Simelaro, J., Coughlin, P., Crow W.T., Nicholas, A., Presence of Chapman Reflex Points in Hospitalized Patients with Pneumonia, JAOA, Vol. 103, No. 10, October 2003
 
Nicholas, A., Oleski, S., Mitchell, C., Advantages Osteopathic Family Physician Have in the Treatment of Lower Back Pain, "Osteopathic Family Physician News", Vol 2, No 9, October 2002, p1, 10-11
 
Oleski, S., Nicholas, A., Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Postoperative Pain, JAOA, Vol 102, Number 9, Supplement to September 2002, pS5-S8
 
Ehrenfeuchter, W., Nicholas, A., Heilig, D., Soft Tissue Techniques, Robrt C Ward (Ed), Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine, 2nd Edition Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 2003, p 819-833
 
Jaeger, V., DiNubile, N., Nicholas, A., Plent, S., Caring for Low Back Pain, Evalaution and Mangement of Acute Low Back Pain, Aetna US Healthcare, Mei al Education Collaborative, April, 2000
 
Nicholas, A., Bezilla, T., Jones, R., "Osteopathic Manipulation for Management of Pain", JAOA, vol 99, No. 6, supplement to June 1999, p 5-10
 
Ehrenfeuchter, W., Nicholas, A., Heilig, D., Soft Tissue Techniques, Robert C. Ward (Ed), Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine, Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, 1997, p 781-794
 
Gross, G., Nicholas, A., "Thoracic Somatic Dysfunction: A Case Report, The Journal of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Association December 1996, Vol. 40, No.5, p 14-16
 
Nicholas, A., Debias, D., Arbizo, M., Ehrenfeuchter, W., England, K., Greene, C. Heilig, D., Kirschbaum, M., "A Somatic Component to Myocardial Infarction: Three year Follow Up", British Medical Journal, June 1991, 302, p 1581
 
Nicholas, A., Debias, D., Ehrenfeuchter, W., England, K., England, R. Greene, C. Heilig, D., Kirschbaum, "A Somatic Component to Myocardial Infarction", JAOA, Feb 1987, Vol. 87, 123-129. (Reprinted with permission of British Medical Journal).
 
Nicholas, A., Debias, D., Ehrenfeuchter, W., England, K., England, R. Greene, C. Heilig, D., Kirschbaum, M., "A Somatic Component to Myocardial Infarction", British Medical Journal, July 1985, 291, pp. 13-17
 
Nicholas, A., "Dysfunction of the Innominate Complex", Osteopathic Medicine, January 1979, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 64-77
 
Nicholas, A., "Palpation in Osteopathic Medicine", Osteopathic Annals, July 1978, Vol. 6, No. 7, pp. 36-42
 
"Purification and Characterization of Mercenene":Part 1 Ammonium Fractionation and its Effect on the Growth of Krebs-2 Carcinoma, JAOA, Vol. 72, October 1972 in Conjunction with Department of Physiological Chemistry, PCOM
 
 
Published Texts
 
Chapter Author - In Ward RC (ed): Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine (2nd edition). Philadelphia PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2003.
  • Ehrenfeuchter WC, Heilig D, Nicholas AS: Chapter 54. Soft tissue techniques; 819-833
  • Nicholas, A., Nicholas, E., Atlas of Osteopathic Techniques, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadephia, PA, 2008
  • Nicholas, A., Nicholas, E., Atlas of Osteopathic Techniques (2nd edition), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadephia, PA, 2012
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