Largo, FL - A Largo Medical Center physician is recognized with one of the highest awards presented by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Anthony Ottaviani, DO, MPH, MACOI, FCCP, Chief Academic & Designated Institutional Officer, is one of three 2013 recipients of the Distinguished Service Certificate awarded by the AOA.

“This award is made in recognition of a physician’s outstanding accomplishments in scientific or professional affairs,” said Michael Murphy, DO, Chairman of the AOA Committee on Awards. “Dr. Ottaviani is recognized for furthering the osteopathic medical profession, particularly his leadership at the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and his assistance in the expansion of graduate medical education in Florida.”

Dr. Ottaviani became the full time Chief Academic & Designated Institutional Officer at Largo Medical Center earlier this year overseeing 125 interns, residents and fellows in 13 specialized programs. He was a Pulmonary Medicine/Critical Care Specialist in private practice for more than three decades, was a leader in academic medicine for almost four decades having served as the Director of Medical Education for both Sun Coast Hospital and Largo Medical Center and Regional Dean for Nova Southeastern University.

“This award exemplifies Dr. Ottaviani’s dedication to enhancing the education of tomorrow’s physicians today,” said Anthony Degina, CEO, Largo Medical Center. “This past year alone Largo Medical Center graduated 47 residents all under his leadership.”

The American Osteopathic Association supports the leadership of osteopathic physicians and medical students in helping to shape health policy in the federal government.