Bruce Ricker, D.O. and Ringgold County Hospital CEO Gordon Winkler

Bruce Ricker, D.O. and Ringgold County Hospital CEO Gordon Winkler

Elections were held during the 118th Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association’s (IOMA) Annual Conference and Scientific Seminar held in Des Moines, Iowa on April 28-May 1, 2016.  Dr. Bruce Ricker of Mt. Ayr was elected president of the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association.

Bruce Ricker, D.O. is a graduate of Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his rotating internship at Phoenix General Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.  He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Practice with a certificate of added qualification in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine.

Dr. Ricker is currently in private practice in Mt. Ayr, Iowa and is the medical director of the Hospice of Central Iowa in Mt. Ayr as well as the Clearview Nursing Home and Mt. Ayr Health Care Center.  He received the Spirit of Hospice Award from the Iowa Hospice Association and in 2003 the IOMA Physician of the Year Award.

The Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association, founded in 1898 and headquartered in Des Moines, proudly represents osteopathic physicians in Iowa.  There are over 1,000 osteopathic physicians practicing in Iowa.  There are approximately 62,000 D.O.s in the United States practicing in all areas of medicine from neurology to sports medicine to dermatology to emergency medicine.  As complete physicians, D.O.s are able to prescribe medication and perform surgery.  In addition, D.O.s have added training in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), a hands-on treatment tool that they can use to diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses.  OMT can be used in conjunction with and sometimes in place of medication or surgery to restore mobility and function.