W. Kenneth Riland Memorial Lecture

 

Dr. W. Kenneth Riland, D.O. (1912–1989) was born 7 August 1912, in Camden, New Jersey. His patients included Richard M. Nixon and Nelson A. Rockefeller, he was the cofounder of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Old Westbury, Long Island, New York.

 "Personal physician to Nelson A. Rockefeller for more than 30 years, Dr. Riland treated a number of nationally known figures. He provided osteopathic manipulative treatment(OMT) to Richard M. Nixon for several years and even traveled with the President on his world trip in 1969 and his trip to China in 1972. Dr. Riland also provided OMT to Henry A. Kissinger during his stint as Secretary of State...Dr. Riland graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1936. Soon after settling in Manhattan, he began working part-time for the US Steel Corporation. He later became US Steel's chief physician in New York, a position he held for more than 20 years. In 1974, he became a consultant to the company. He was still practicing in Manhattan at the time of his death."

Dr. Riland was a cofounder and chairman of the board of the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) of New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) in Old Westbury, NY. He was also a founder and the first president of both the New York Academy of Osteopathy and the Academy's Foundation for Research. Dr. Riland delivered the 1969 Andrew Taylor Still Memorial Address, an annual lecture presented at the AOA House of Delegates in memory and honor of the founder of osteopathic medicine; it is considered as one of the profession's highest honors. Dr. Riland was board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and was a Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO) and the New York Academy of Osteopathy. He served the AAO as a Trustee and as a member of its Board of Governors, and he was the 1963 recipient of the Academy's Andrew Taylor Still Medallion of Honor. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Postgraduate Institute of Osteopathic Medicine & Surgery which is now affiliated with NYCOM. Dr. Riland received an honorary doctorate of science from Midwestern University's Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine a doctor of laws degree from the New York Institute of Technology. He waited also received a distinguished service award from the New York State Osteopathic Medical Society  and O.J. Snyder Memorial Medallion from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Riland was known to be a Manhattan socialite. He kept a journal of his life's events, which is now at the Rockefeller Archive Center at Rockefeller University in New York City, NY. He died of complications from lymphoma on 13 March 1989 at New York Presbyterian Hospital (formerly New York Hospital). At the time, he was 76 years old.

Today, the W. Kenneth Riland Memorial Lecture & Medal presentation is a key feature at the annual mid-year conference of the American Osteopathic College of Occupational & Preventive Medicine (AOCOPM). Dr. Riland was a pioneer in the field of occupational & environmental medicine, a longtime member and fellow of the AOCOPM. Established in 1983 by the Board of Trustees, this prestigious lecture is presented by an individual, member or nonmember, who has demonstrated a desire to see the practice of occupational & preventive medicine excel for the public good.

 

Past Recepients include:

1983   W. Kenneth Riland, DO, FAOCPM

1984   The Way Forward - Loren L. Hatch, DO, PhD, FAOCPM

1985   The Changing World of Occupational Medicine - Ellis Siefer, DO, FACOS

1986   Murray Goldstein, DO, MPH, FAAN, FAOCPM

1987   George W. Northrup, DO, FACGP, FACOS

1988   Don E. Ramney, DO, FACOS

1989   A Review of Recent Literature Supporting the Role of Osteopathy in Preventive Medicine - Irvin “Kim” Korr, PhD

1990   Trauma and Injury Prevention in Professional Dancers - Richard M. Bachrach, DO, FAOASM

1991   An Economic Analysis of the US Healthcare System -  Douglas A. Fraser, UAW President-Retired

1992   100 Years of Osteopathic Medicine - Steve Mahalich, DO, FAOCOPM

1993   AOCOPM's Place in History - Ward E. Perrin, DO, FACOI

1994   Occupational Psychiatry - David Jones, MD, MPH

1995   Unexplained Desert Storm Veteran's Illnesses - Honorable William Brewster, US Representative from Oklahoma

1996   Occupational Medicine Update - Douglas A. Swift, MD, MSPH, FACOEM

1997   Complacency Denied: The Changing Face of Medicine  Howard S. Teitelbaum, DO, PhD, MPH, FAOCOPM

1998   Emerging Healthcare Issues - Rear Adm. Joyce M. Johnson, DO, MPH

1999   Edward B. Kinports, Jr., MD

2000   Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance: Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - Roy L. DeHart, MD, MPH, FACOEM

2001   Hydrogen Bromide Pneumoconiose - Earl D. Miller, DO, FAOCOPM

2002   Evidence Based Medical Practice - Thomas A. Quinn, DO, FAOCOPM

2003   Uphill and Against the Wind-Living with Disability - Clifford Brubaker, PhD

2004   Advanced Technologies for Disaster Response - Daniel Berry, DO, PhD, MS, FAOCOPM

2005   Asbestos Exposure in Vermiculite Mining - Vikas Kapil, DO, MPH, FACOEM

2006   Interventional Pain Management - Dennis J. Courtney, MD, FAOCOPM

2007   The Ergonomic Process - E. Robert Wanat, II, DO, MPH, FAOCOPM

2008   Corporate health Promotion - Stanley Miller, DO, MPH, FAOCOPM

2009   Welding Fumes, Manganese, and Parkinsonism - Homer Jack Moore, MD

2010   Healthcare Reform Under the Obama Administration - Jean Slutsky, PA, MSPH

2011   Head Injury: Treatment & Disability - David Romine DO, MPH 

2012   Protecting and Promoting Total Worker Health, a New NIOSH Initiative, L Casey Chosewood, MD

2013   Global Public Health:  An Overview of Chevron Efforts, Huma Abbasi, MD, MPH

 
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