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Michael A. Seffinger, DO, FAAFP


Professor and Chair of NMM/OMM

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

E-Mail: mseffinger@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-469-5634 | Fax: 909-469-5289
Website: www.westernu.edu/omm
Join year: 1999

Education

  • 1991-2012 Post-Graduate CME: 50-750 hours per year in Osteopathic Family and Manipulative Medicine
  • 1989-91 Residency, Department of Family Medicine, University of California, Irvine
  • 1988-89 Internship, Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, CA
  • 1983-88 Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI: D.O. degree; Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physician and Surgeons Award of Excellence; Sigma Sigma Phi Academic/Service Honors Fraternity; Honors in Psychiatry
  • 1980-83 University of California, Santa Cruz: B.A. Psychobiology, College and Board Honors
  • 1976-79 Aikido World Dojo, Shingu, Japan: 2nd Degree Black Belt
  • 1975-76 Oriental Medicine Pain Control Clinic, Kyoto, Japan; Seitai Kyokai (body structural adjustment school) Tokyo, Japan
  • 1972-74 University of California, Santa Cruz, Majors: Psychology and Music
  • 1969-72 Ulysses S. Grant High School, Van Nuys, CA

Education Experience

  • National Institutes of Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Grantsmanship Research Seminar, June 3-5, 2008
  • National Board of Osteopathic Examiners Rater Training Seminars, annually 2006-2012
  • Academic Boot Camp, Western University of Health Sciences, January 2008
  • COMLEX test question writing training and experience 1999-present
  • Human Subjects Clinical Trials Design
  • Japanese language and culture
  • Aikido

Certification

  • American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians, 2000
  • American Board of Family Practice, 1992; recertified, 1999, 2009
  • American Osteopathic Board of Special Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, 1999
    (Now called American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine), recertified, 2010
  • Proficiency in 'Osteopathy in the Cranial Field', 1998 Cranial Academy, component society of American Academy of Osteopathy, American Osteopathic Association, renewed every three years

Professional Experience

Employment: Salaried Positions

  • 2009-present Chair, Department of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • 2008 Interim Chair, Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • 2005-present Associate Professor of Family Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine; Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • 1999-2005 Assistant Professor of Family Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • 1991-98 Family Physician at HealthCare Partners Medical Group (HCPMG), Inc., Gardena, CA. Lead Physician 1996-98

Employment: Legal Experience

  • 2007-8 Medical Expert
  • 2003-4 Medical Expert
  • 2001 Medical Expert

 Employment and Service: Editorial Experience

  •  Associate Editor, Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 2011-present (Honorarium)
  • Managing Editor, Chair of Publication Committee (Service): “California D.O.”, Quarterly Journal, Official Publication of the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC), 2004-2008
  • Associate Editor/Section Editor (Service) Chila A (3rd Edition) and Ward RC (1st and 2nd Editions), Ex. Eds. Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 3rd Edition, 2010; 2nd Edition, 2003; 1st Edition, 1997.
  • Editorial Advisory Board and Assistant to the Editor (Service).
  • Article Reviewer: Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), 1999-present.
  • JAOA Editorial Advisory Board member, 2007-present
  • Editorial Assistant (Employment): Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dept. of Biomechanics; assistant to Ernest W. Retzlaff, Ph.D. and Frederic L. Mitchell, D.O, F.A.A.O., in editing The Cranium and Its Sutures, 1986
  • Assistant Editor (Employment): Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Core Curriculum in Osteopathic Principles Project ; Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1984-86.

 Professional Service/Offices Held

  • Past-President American Academy of Osteopath 2012-2013
  • President American Academy of Osteopathy 2011-2012
  • President-elect American Academy of Osteopathy 2010-11
  • Trustee - Board of Trustees, American Academy of Osteopathy, 2004-5; re-elected 2005-8; re-elected 2008-2011
  • Governor - Board of Governors, American Academy of Osteopathy, 2000-2001; 2002-2011
  • Director - Board of Directors, Osteopathic Center for Children and Families, San Diego, CA 2005-present
  • Director - Board of Directors, National Fibromyalgia Association, Anaheim, CA, 2008-present
  • Director - Board of Directors, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California, 2004-7
  • Delegate - Representing California Osteopathic Physicians to the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates, 2004-6, 2008, 2011-2013
  • Chair - Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Committee, American Academy of Osteopathy, 2005-2009
  • Chair - Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research, American Osteopathic Association, 2007-2009
  • Chair - Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Humanism (Self-Study) Panel, Western University of Health Sciences, 2007-2009
  • Vice Chair - Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Education and Research American Osteopathic Association, 2003-7; 2009-11
  • Vice Chair - Bureau of Osteopathic Clinical Effectiveness American Osteopathic Association, 2001-3; member 2000-2001
  • Vice Chair - Institutional Review Board Western University of Health Sciences, 2001-present
  • Chair - Post-graduate Research Committee, Western University of Health Sciences Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institute (OPTI), 2000-2002; member 1999-2010
  • Member - Forty-first Medical Trust Committee, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, 2008
  • President - Undergraduate American Academy of Osteopathy, Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1985-86
  • President; Council of Medical Students, Michigan State University (1200 students in 3 medical colleges: Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine and Veterinary Medicine), 1985-86

Work Site

Patient Care Centers at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona and Rancho CucamongaWestern University Patient Care Center

795 E. Second Street

Pomona, CA 91766

(909)865-2565

http://www.westernupcc.com/

Academic Interests

Osteopathic History, Philosophy and Manipulative Treatment

Teaching Experience

2005-present   Associate Professor, Department of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine/Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA; full time faculty position, tenured

 

1999-2005  Assistant Professor, Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA; full time faculty position, tenure track

Invited Lecturer-Post-Graduate Continuing Medical Education Programs

Lecturer, Alumni CME Update, Western University of Health Sciences, “Evidence Based Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine”, May 12, 2012, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA.

Program Chair, lecturer, panel discussant, American Osteopathic Association National Convention, “Overcoming Hurdles to Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Management: Evidence-Based Strategies for the Osteopathic Physician”, November 3, 2011, Orlando, FL.

Lecturer, American Osteopathic Association National Convention, “OMT Effect on Vascular Variability and Entrainment Phenomenon”, November 1, 2011, Orlando, FL.

Lecturer, American Osteopathic Association National Convention, “Peer Review for the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association”, November 1, 2011, Orlando, FL.

Lecturer, American Osteopathic Association, “AOA Guidelines on OMT for Patients with Low Back Pain,” Connecticut. August 21, 2011.

Lecturer, Oklahoma Osteopathic Association Annual Convention, “Evidence Based OMM” and “OMT Update”, April 29, 2011.

Lecturer, American Osteopathic Association Annual Scientific Convention, “Evidence Based Osteopathic Approach to the Patient with Fibromyalgia;” “Article Reviewers Perspective: How I Assess a Journal Article for Submission to the JAOA;” and “Validation and Reproducibility of an OMT Procedure for use in Cannabinoid Research.” San Francisco, CA, October 2010.

Lecturer, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California, “The Effects of Segregation and Desegregation of Osteopathic Medicine in the State of California,” Monterey, CA, September 2010.

Chair,Lecturer, Los Angeles County Osteopathic Medical Association CME lecture series, “Evidence Based Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine”, January 2009.

Chair, Lecturer, Program Director, American Academy of Osteopathy, “Evidence Based Manual Medicine for Patients with Low Back and Neck Pain”, held at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA. 20 hour CME course, May 2008.

Chair, Program Developer-American Academy of Family Physicians, National Annual Scientific Assemblies: 4-hour Hands-on Procedure Seminars in Manipulative Medicine. Manipulative Medicine for the Family Physician for patients with: “Mechanical Low Back Pain”; “Upper Back and Neck Pain”; “Common Problems in Family Practice Responsive to Manual Medicine”; Annually 1995-2006, 2008.

Lecturer, monthly lecture series, Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency Programs at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, CA, (1997-2001; 2004-2008) and Downey Regional Medical Center, CA, (2000-2001): various primary care topics from the viewpoint of “Osteopathic Principles, Philosophy and Manipulative Medicine in Family Medicine.”

Lecturer, UC Irvine, School of Medicine, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency grand rounds, “Evidence Based Manual Medicine”; March and Dec. 2006; June and September 2008.

Annual Cranial Academy Conference: “Evidence Based Approach Applied to CV4.” Tucson, AZ, June 21-24, 2007.

Co-chair, Research Opportunities in Osteopathic Manipulation: Training Our Residents and Students Now National Research Conference. “Identifying Resources”; “The Informed Consent in OMT Research Workshop.” Colorado Springs, CO, March 19-20, 2007.

American Academy of Osteopathy Annual Convocation 2007: “The Osteopathic Electronic Medical Record-eSOAP”, Colorado Springs, CO, March 24, 2007.

American Osteopathic Association Annual Convention: “Plantar Fasciitis” and “Research Opportunities in Osteopathic Manipulation: Training Our Residents and Undergraduates Now!”  October 16-20, 2006.

American Academy of Osteopathy Annual Convocation: “Physiological Effects of OMT” lecture and “Improving Your OMT” and “eSOAP, an Osteopathic Electronic Medical Record” workshops, March 2006, Birmingham, AL. “Getting a Grip on it All” summary lecture, March 20, 2005, Reno, NV.

Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California Annual Scientific Convention: “Headache and OMM”; Palm Springs, CA, February 19, 2005.

UCLA Pediatrics Pain Conference: “The Musculoskeletal Exam and Myofascial Pain”; Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 5, 2004.

Osteopathic Physician and Surgeons of California, Annual “Expanding the Osteopathic Concept, Basic Cranial Course”: “The Primary Respiratory Mechanism”; “Balancing the Three Diaphragms”; “The Reciprocal Tension Membrane”; “Lateral Fluctuation of the Temporal Bones”; “Venous Sinus Drainage”; “Compression of the 4th Ventricle”; “Occipital Decompression”; “Frontal and Parietal Lifts”; “Cranial Strain Patterns”; “Cranial Biomechanics”; “The Temporal Bone-Troublemaker in the Head”; Annually1997-present.

The Cranial Academy, Basic Course in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field: “Fluctuation of the Cerebrospinal Fluid”, “Cranial Nerve Entrapments”, “The Temporal Bone”; “Occipital-Cervical Junction”;  Tampa, FL, Feb. 2004.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Scientific Program, Kaiser Permanente Medical Corporation: “Evidence-based Spinal Manipulative Medicine”; Dana Point, CA, June 2002.

Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California, Assistant Chair: “Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Program”. Lectures: “Evidence Based Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Update”; “Putting it All Together”; “Randomized Clinical Trials of the Efficacy of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in Patients with Organic Disease”; “Evidence Based Overview of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field”, June 2000, Dana Point, CA; February 2001, San Diego, CA; and June 2001, Dana Point, CA.

Continuing Medical Education Associates (CMEA) Lecture and workshop: “Evidence-Based Alternative Medicine Seminar: Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine”; Scottsdale, AZ, May 1999 and May 2000.

Invited Lecturer-Medical School Education Programs

Lecturer, UC Irvine, School of Medicine, Neurology Lecture Series (for sophomore medical students): “Osteopathic Manipulation for Patients with Low Back Pain”; March 24, 2005; “Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine” in Introduction to Manipulation Therapies Course, UC Irvine College of Medicine, Dec. 3, 2001.

Preceptor

Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, CA, Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency Program, 1993-2001

Monthly Medical Lecture Series Coordinator

HealthCare Partners, BayShores Medical Group, 1994-99

Director, Lecturer

Opportunities in Healing Forum, monthly meeting at Pacific Unitarian Church, Palos Verdes, CA 1997-2009

Post-Graduate Program Developer

Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, designed programs for Continuing Medical Education for Residency Faculty: Osteopathic Principles - Applications to Medical Specialties, with Philip E. Greenman, D.O., F.A.A.O., 1987-88

Curriculum Design, Developer

Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (E.C.O.P. - national project that standardized the integration of osteopathic principles into the medical curriculum at all levels of training at all osteopathic medical schools), 1984-88

Instructor, Tutor, Table Trainer, Course Organizer

Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, MI 1983-88

Principal and Instructor

University Community School, alternative elementary summer school, Felton, CA, 1982

English as a Second Language School, Shingu, Japan, 1977-79 and Santa Cruz, CA, 1974

Non-professional Program Developer and Instructor

Seminars in Natural Healing: Acupuncture, Applied Kinesiology, Yoga, Meditation, Katsugen Undo, Shiatsu, Aikido; Movement Arts, East Lansing, MI, 1987-88

Santa Cruz County Courts-Related Schools, Conflict Management Program, 1981-83

Martial and Healing Arts, Aikido of Santa Cruz, CA, 1980-83

Natural Healing Community Group, UC Santa Cruz, 1973-74

Teaching or Graduate (Research) Assistant

Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, 1983-88

University of California at Santa Cruz, Dept. of Psychology, 1973

Research Interest

Osteopathic manipulative medicine clinical trials
 

Research Grant

2011 Co-Investigator, research grant from the AOA ($98,000 over 2 years) mentor to PI of RCT on OMT for patients with vertigo, an intercollegiate, interprofessional collaborative study at COMP, Western University of Health Sciences

2007-8 41st Trust Fund Research Grant, Consultant, “History of Osteopathic and Allopathic Relations in California”; $5,000 annually.

2005-7 41st Trust Fund Research Grant, Consultant, “History of Osteopathic and Allopathic Relations in California”; $10,000 annually (total grant award $150,000).

2004-5 MILCAM: Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the Military, grant administered through the U.S. Dept. of Defense in conjunction with the Samueli Institute for Informational Biology; Co-P.I.: “Feasibility of Assessing Standard Medical Care vs. Standard Medical Care Plus Spinal Manipulation for Military Active Duty Personnel with Acute Mechanical Low Back Pain: A Pilot Study”; $175,000 – cancelled by military base two weeks before enrollment of subjects in 2005.

2005 Most Valuable Physician Award, Osteopathic Physician and Surgeons of CA.

41st Trust Fund Research Grant; consultant on systematic reviews related to reliability and validity of spinal palpatory diagnostic procedures; $40,000.

2001-2 41st Trust Fund Research Grant; consultant on systematic reviews related to reliability and validity of spinal palpatory diagnostic procedures; $18,000.

Intramural Research Grant, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, “History of Osteopathy in California”; $1,000.

2000-2001 Pacific Hospital Trust Fund Grant, “Developing a Research Program for Residents in the Western University Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institutes”; $30,000.

1999 Intramural Faculty Development Research Grant, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University of Health Sciences, “Efficacy of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in Elderly Hospitalized Patients with Pneumonia – a Pilot Outcomes-Based Study”; $5,000.

1991 Forty-First Medical Trust grant for research project pertaining to mechanisms of spinal manipulation at UC Irvine, Dept. of Neurology; led to publication in SPINE: “Paraspinal muscle evoked cerebral potentials in patients with unilateral low back pain.”

1988-89 American Osteopathic Association, Bureau of Research, Burroughs Wellcome Research Fellowship and American Academy of Osteopathy Research Grant: “National survey of medical records at osteopathic postdoctoral training hospitals: documentation of musculoskeletal findings and somatic dysfunction”; $5,000.

1984 NIH sponsored Summer Research Training Fellowship, Michigan State University: “Stem-cell growth in vitro”, Dept. of Microbiology and Public Health.

1983-84 Medical Scientist Training Program Fellowship, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Depts. of Physiology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Public Health.

1982 University of California Regents President’s Undergraduate Fellowship and University of California, Santa Cruz Community Service Project Fund Grants: “Design and implementation of a conflict management program into the Santa Cruz County Courts-Related Schools.”

Research Mentoring Experience

Residents in Western University-Osteopathic Postgraduate Training Institute Educational Consortium:

  1. Michelle Veneziano, D.O.: “The effects of cranial manipulation as measured by transcutaneous oximetry.” 2002-4
  2. Eric Lin, D.O.: “Quality Assessment study on compliance of osteopathic medical residents following an osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) protocol on hospital patients with shortness of breath.”2001-2002
  3. Daniel Sciaroni, D.O.: “Preceptor expectation or house officer interest in OMT: Which factor has greater influence on performance of structural exams in the outpatient setting?” 2000-2001

Osteopathic Medical Students at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific:

  1. Ashlynn Gordon: “Effects of OMT on Balance in Patients with Dizziness and Cervical Somatic Dysfunction.” 2010
  2. Karanjodh Johal: “Effectiveness of CV4 from the Occiput, Temporal and Parietal Bones.” 2010
  3. Steve J. Hallas:The Efficacy of OMT by Osteopathic Medical Students on Musculoskeletal Pain and Somatic Findings. 2009
  4. William Buroughf: Anatomical Validation of Jones Counterstrain Tenderpoint Nomenclature - A Feasibility Study. 2008
  5. Cara Johnson: “Entrainment and the Cranial Rhythmic Impulse.” 2008
  6. Daniel Ananyev: “Physiological Effects of Osteopathic Manipulation.” 2007
  7. Aman Bagla: “Effect of an Osteopathic Manipulation Procedure on Physiologic and Psychoemotional Parameters.” 2007
  8. Rebecca Alsip: “Reproducibility Assessment of the Response to CV4 as Measured by the Laser Doppler Flowmeter and Electrocardiogram.” 2006-7
  9. Kari Guinn: “Validation of the laser Doppler flowmeter as a measure of autonomic tone and the effects of osteopathic manipulation.” 2005-6. Kari further pursued her research career and graduated from the D.O./Ph.D. program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010
  10. Pedram Naeni: “Effect of posture, temperature and emotion on skin blood-flow velocity measurements.” 2004
  11. Laura Fox, Gigi Van Dissel and Jeremy Chrisman: “Interexaminer reliability of osteopathic structural examination procedures.” 2000-2002

Masters of Medical Sciences graduate students:

  1. Kristen Anderson: “Effect of OMT on patients with chronic headache.” 2010-11
  2. Anastacia Rodriguez: “Entrainment of biorhythms between doctor and patient during cranial OMT in patients with chronic headache.” 2010-11.

Mentored ten others, 2011-2012.

Employment: Research Oversight Experience

2011-present Western Regional Director of CONCORD Practice Based Research Network through affiliation with the Osteopathic Research Center at North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX

2009-2011 Chair, Data and Safety Monitoring Body, National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Bethesda, MD, Cervical Spine HVLA Sham Control Feasibility Study

2007-9 Grant Reviewer, National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Bethesda, MD

2007-10 Chair, Data and Safety Monitoring Board, National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), Bethesda, MD, OMT for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome RCT

2007 Chair, Data and Safety Monitoring Board, Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain in Military Personnel, MILCAM grant, Samueli Institute for Informational Biology

2004-7 Chair, Data and Safety Monitoring Board, Multi-Center Osteopathic Pneumonia Study in the Elderly (MOPSE), A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathic Research Center

Awards

2009 Special Recognition (outstanding service) Award, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC)

2007 American Osteopathic Association Mentors Hall of Fame inductee.

2007 Special Recognition (service and leadership) Award, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC)

2001 Distinguished Service Award, Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California

1997-98 The Stanley A. Golanty Award for Greatest Contribution to the Teaching Program at Pacific Hospital of Long Beach, presented by the 1998 graduating intern class in Osteopathic Family Medicine.

1997-98 Excellence in Service Award for Patient Satisfaction, HealthCare Partners Medical Group, Inc.

1996 Fellowship in American Academy of Family Physicians.

1988 Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physician and Surgeon’s Award of Excellence in Osteopathic Principles in Practice.

1983 Lawrence Mills National Osteopathic College Scholarship, Highest Award, $4,000.

Organizations

  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Academy of Osteopathy
  • The Cranial Academy
  • Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians
  • Los Angeles County Osteopathic Medical Association

Committees

Promotion and Tenure Committee, COMP
 

Publication

Books

  1. Seffinger MA, Reinsch S, Melvin-McCann J, Solis O. Resurgence: The Rebirth of Osteopathic Medicine in California. Novi, MI: Samjill, 2011.
  2. Chila AG, Ex. Ed.Seffinger MA, Associate Editor. Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, 3rd  edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 2011.
  3. Reinsch S, Seffinger MA, Tobis JS. The Merger: MDs and DOs in California. Xlibris Press, 2009. See www.lib.uci.edu/themergerand www.themerger.netor www.XLibris.com/TheMerger.html
  4. Seffinger MA, Hruby RJ. Evidence Based Manual Medicine: A Problem Oriented Approach. Philadelphia: Saunders/Elsevier, June 2007.
  5. Ward RC, Ex. Ed.; Seffinger, MA, Associate Editor. Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine, 2nd edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins; 2003 (First edition 1997).
  6. Fox L, Van Dissel G, Chrisman J, Seffinger MA. Research Manual for Osteopathic Residents 2002. Pomona, CA; College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. 
  7. Ward RC, Ex. Ed.; Seffinger, MA, Associate Editor. Foundations for Osteopathic Medicine, 1st edition. Philadelphia: Williams and Wilkins, 1997.

 

Articles in peer reviewed scientific journals

  1. Seffinger MA, Chair, Clinical Guidelines Subcommittee on Low Back Pain. American Osteopathic Association Guidelines for Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) for Patients with Low Back Pain. J Am Osteopath Assoc. Nov 2010, 110(11):653-666.http://www.jaoa.org/cgi/content/full/110/11/653.
  2. Seffinger MA. How the AOA established the first national Guidelines for OMT. J Am Osteopath Assoc. Nov 2010, 110(11):636-637.http://www.jaoa.org/cgi/content/full/110/11/636.
  3. Snow RJ, Seffinger MA, McGill SL. Vincent RA. DOs need to define value of osteopathic medicine. (Editorial) J Am Osteopath Assoc. July 2008;108(7):319-20.
  4. Seffinger MA. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2008;108:239, 267. Review of: Nelson KE, Glonek T, eds. Somatic Dysfunction in Osteopathic Family Medicine. Available at: http://www.jaoa.org/cgi/content/full/108/5/239. Accessed June 3, 2008.
  5. Seffinger MAand King HH. The Somatic Connection, a quarterly column summarizing research articles related to osteopathic medicine, osteopathic principles and osteopathic manipulation from other scientific journals. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2009-present.
  6. Rogers FJ and Seffinger MA. The Somatic Connection, a quarterly column summarizing research articles related to osteopathic medicine, osteopathic principles and osteopathic manipulation from other scientific journals. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2006-2008.
  7. Seffinger MA, Najm WI, Mishra SI, Adams A, Dickerson VM, Murphy LS, Reinsch S. Reliability of Spinal Palpation for Diagnosis of Neck or Back Pain: A Systematic Review of the Literature. SPINE 2004, Oct 1, 29(19): 413-425.
  8. Najm WI, Seffinger MA, Mishra SI, Dickerson VM, Adams A, Reinsch S, Murphy LS and Goodman AF. Content validity of manual spinal palpatory exams - A systematic review. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2003, 3:1 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6882/3/1

It is also indexed in PubMed: http://www.biomedcentral.com/pubmed/12734016

  1. Seffinger MA, Najm WI, Dickerson VM, Gokhale DV, Goodman A, Adams A, Murphy LS, Reinsch S, Mishra SI: Spinal Palpatory Procedures: Annotated Bibliography of Content Validity and Reliability Studies. J Can Chiropr Assoc 2003; 47(2):93-109. Reprinted, JACA Dec12, 2003:22-32.
  2. Murphy LS, Reinsch S, Najm WI, Dickerson VM, Seffinger MA, Adams A, Mishra SI: Searching Biomedical Databases on Complementary Medicine: The Use of Controlled Vocabulary among Authors, Indexers and Investigators. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2003, 3:3 (available online)
  3. Murphy LS, Reinsch S, Najm WI, Dickerson VM, Seffinger MA, Adams A, Mishra SI: Spinal Palpation: The Challenges of Information Retrieval Using Available Databases. J Manipulative Physiol Ther, July/August 2003; 26(6):374-382.
  4. Rogers FJ, D’Alonzo GE, Glover J, Korr IM, Nichols T, Patterson MM, Seffinger MA, Willard F. Proposed tenets of osteopathic medicine and principles for patient care. J Am Osteopath Assoc, 2002; 102(2):63-65.
  5. Friedman HD, Johnston WL, Kelso AF, Schwartz FN, Beal MC, Seffinger MA. Standardization of the hospital medical record for osteopathic structural examination: Part 2. Effects of an educational intervention on documentation of palpatory and structural findings and diagnosis. J Am Osteopath Assoc. Sept. 1996, 96:9, pp.529-536.
  6. Seffinger MA, Friedman HD, Johnston WL. Standardization of the hospital medical record for osteopathic structural examination: Recording of musculoskeletal findings and somatic dysfunction. J Am Osteopath Assoc. February 1995, 95:2, pp. 90-96.
  7. Zhu Y, Haldeman S, Starr A, Seffinger MA, Su S-H. Paraspinal muscle evoked cerebral potentials in patients with unilateral low back pain. SPINE. 1993; 18(8):1096-1102.

 

Research Abstracts in Peer Reviewed Professional Journals

 

  1. Gordon A, Graham V, Hurwitz E, Fraix M, Seffinger MA. Objective Measure of Effect of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Balance. J Am Osteopath Assoc, January 2011,111(1):55-56.
  2. Hallas SJ, Hurwitz EL, Seffinger MA. The Efficacy of OMT by Osteopathic Medical Students on Musculoskeletal Pain and Somatic Findings. J Am Osteopath Assoc, January 2010, 110 (1):25-26.
  3. Boroughf WJ, Seffinger MA. Anatomical Validation of Jones Counterstrain Tenderpoint Nomenclature - A Feasibility Study. J Am Osteopath Assoc, January 2009, 109 (1):43-44.
  4. Ananyev D, Rodriguez Jr. C, Mercado R, Bagla A, Seffinger MA, Wagner E. CV4 Alters Autonomic Balance During Paced Breathing. J Am Osteopath Assoc. August 2008.
  5. Bagla A, Ananyev D, Rodriguez Jr. C, Mercado R, Seffinger MA, Wagner E. Effect of an Osteopathic Manipulative Procedure on Psychoemotional Parameters.J Invest Med, 56 (31) January 2008.
  6. Guinn K, Rodriquez C, Bucheli D, Alsip R, Seffinger MA, Smith M. Reproducibility assessment of the response to CV4 as measured by the laser Doppler flowmeter and electrocardiogram. J Am Osteopath Assoc. August 2007.
  7. Hartinger J, Cloar N, Seffinger MA. Inter-rater reliability of rib strain-counterstrain tenderpoints. J Am Osteopath Assoc. August 2007.
  8. Guinn K, Ali H, Seffinger MA, Glonek T. Validation of the laser Doppler flowmeter in measuring autonomic tone.  J Am Osteopath Assoc. August 2006.
  9. Guinn K, Seffinger MA. Effect of CV-4 on heart rate variability. J Am Osteopath Assoc. August 2006.
  10. Veneziano MF, Seffinger MA, Gugelchuk G. The effects of cranial osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) as measured by transcutaneous oximetry. J Am Osteopath Assoc, August 2004;104(8):341.
  11. Murphy LS, Reinsch S, Najm WI, Dickerson VM, Seffinger MA, Adams A, Mishra SI.  Spinal Palpation: The Challenges of Information Retrieval Using Available Databases.  J Am Osteopath Assoc. Aug 2002;102(8):440.
  12. Zhu Y, Haldeman S, Starr A, Seffinger MA, Su S-H. Paraspinal muscle evoked cerebral potentials in patients with unilateral low back pain. J Am Osteopath Assoc. August 1992.
  13. Seffinger MA, Johnston WL. Relationship between musculoskeletal findings and somatic dysfunction. J Am Osteopath Assoc. July 1990.

 

Chapters in Medical Textbooks

  1. Seffinger MA, Tettambel M, Robbins H. Patients with Pelvic Girdle Pain - An Osteopathic Perspective. In L. Chaitow and R. Lovegrove, editors, Chronic Pelvic Pain and Dysfunction: Practical Physical Medicine, London: Churchill Livingstone, 2011.
  2. Seffinger MA, King HH, Ward RC, Jones JJ, Rogers FJ, Patterson MM. Osteopathic Philosophy, chapter 1, in Chila A, executive editor,  Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, 3nd edition, Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2010.
  3. Adler-Michaelson P and Seffinger MA. Osteopathic Approach to the Patient with Acute Abdominal Pain. Chapter in Chila A, executive editor, Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, 3nd edition, Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2010.
  4. Seffinger MA, Sanchez J and Fraix M. Osteopathic Approach to the Patient with Neck Pain. Chapter in Chila A, executive editor, Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, 3nd edition, Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2010.
  5. Fraix M, Seffinger MA. Osteopathic Approach to the Patient with Acute Low Back Pain. Chapter in Chila A, executive editor, Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine, 3nd edition, Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2010.
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