By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Dr. Michael Neeki, an Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) emergency room physician, was recently recognized by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) as a “Guardian of the Profession.” An attending physician at ARMC since 2006, Dr. Neeki was recognized as a Guardian of the Profession for his leadership as a mentor and volunteer in the community.
Established in 2013, the Guardian of the Profession program recognizes osteopathic physicians (DOs) who advance the culture of osteopathic medicine by serving in leadership roles at the local, state or national level. DOs are fully licensed and practice in all areas of medicine. They are trained to consider the health of the whole person.
“It is an honor to be recognized as a Guardian by the AOA,” said Dr. Neeki, of Redlands, who was nominated by Dr. Marko Mamic, an ARMC resident physician. “As a Guardian of the Profession, I adhere to the osteopathic philosophy and impart that knowledge to future physicians and health care professionals.”
Dr. Neeki’s volunteer work in the community includes: helping to develop tactical medicine programs; providing educational seminars for school nurses and other health care professionals; leading tactical trauma care seminars for local law enforcement; and serving as a physician for the Inland Valley Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT).
“Dr. Neeki demonstrates extraordinary leadership when it comes to serving the community and helping to shape future physicians,” said Dr. Rodney Borger, chairman of ARMC’s Emergency Department.
The AOA is a professional membership organization representing the nation’s more than 104,000 DOs and osteopathic medical students. Its mission is to advance the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine. It also board certifies osteopathic physicians; accredits osteopathic medical schools; and has federal authority to accredit hospitals and other health care facilities.
ARMC is a state-of-the-art acute care facility with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services including a Level II trauma center, 24/7 emergency department, mobile medical clinic, primary stroke center, and a regional burn center.