Dean Craver Named Physician of the YearNovember 8, 2017
William Sightler, DO, president-elect of GOMA, (left) presented H. William Craver
III, DO, (right) with the award during the GOMA Fall Conference.
Georgia Campus – Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM) Chief Academic Officer and Dean of Medicine H. William Craver III, DO, was recently named the Physician of the Year by the Georgia Osteopathic Medical
Association (GOMA) at its Fall CME Conference and Scientific Exhibition held November
The award was presented by Karen Turner, DO, president of GOMA, and William Sightler,
DO, president-elect of the organization. The glass-etched plaque recognizes Dr. Craver
for exemplary service to the osteopathic medical profession, as well as to his patients,
community and family.
Named for Lt. Col. Walter B. Elliott, Jr., DO, the award is given each year in memory
of Dr. Elliott who was an osteopathic medicine physician and a founder of the former
Doctors Hospital in Tucker.
Dr. Craver said, “It is an honor to be recognized by my osteopathic peers in Georgia.
It has been a privilege to serve as the dean of GA-PCOM and to be able to help advance
osteopathic medicine in our state.”
He added, “There are many folks working hard every day alongside me and it is my pleasure
to accept this award for all the members of the team.”
A native of Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Craver graduated from the University of
Delaware where he earned a degree in physical therapy in 1979. After working in physical
therapy and sports medicine at the Hershey Medical Center, he enrolled at Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and earned his DO degree in 1987.
He completed a residency, serving two years as chief resident, in general surgery
at the Osteopathic Medical Center of Philadelphia in 1992. He then joined the teaching
faculty and was the academic coordinator of the Surgery Residency Program. He has
also practiced in the communities of Jasper, Georgia, and Hardinsburg, Kentucky.
Dr. Craver is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery and is
a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons. He is a professor of surgery,
as well as a Costin Scholar. He has received numerous awards including induction into
the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Galen S. Young Surgery Award from PCOM, Resident
of the Year, National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME) Case Author of
the Year, PCOM Alumni Association Certificate of Merit and Certificate of Honor. In
addition, he is a member of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) Mentor Hall
of Fame and a Guardian of the Profession.
Dr. Craver is actively involved in several organizations serving and/or representing
osteopathic medicine including the Residency Evaluation and Standards Committee for
the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, the Council on Osteopathic Postdoctoral
Training for the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM),
a Delegate to the AOA, the Board of Directors for Three Rivers Area Health Education
Center (AHEC), and the GME Regents Evaluation and Assessment Team.
In addition, he serves on the Medical Education Advisory Committee for the Georgia
Board for Physician Workforce, the Council on Legislation for the Medical Association
of Georgia, the Portfolio and Expanded Assessment Task Force for the NBOME, and the
Primary Care Work Group for the Georgia Statewide AHEC Network. Dr. Craver is a member
of the Executive Committee of the Board of Deans for the AACOM and a member of PCOM's
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