Dr. Joel Baker Elected President

(L-R)Wayne County Hospital and Clinic Staff pictured include Dr. Joel Wells, Daren Relph, CEO, Dr. Joel Baker and Mrs. Kim Baker, Dawn Christian, RN, Sheila Mattly, RN and Laurie Ehrich.

Des Moines, IA – Elections were held during the 119th Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association’s (IOMA) Annual Conference and Scientific Seminar held in Des Moines, Iowa on May 4-7, 2017. Dr. Joel Baker of Corydon was elected president of the Iowa Osteopathic Medical Association.

Joel Baker, D.O. is a graduate of Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri. He completed his internship and residency at Des Moines General Hospital in Des Moines. He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care. Dr. Baker is a member of the medical staff at Wayne County Hospital and Clinic System, and currently practices at South Central Iowa Medical Clinic in Corydon and the Humeston Family Medical Clinic in Humeston.

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 100,000 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.