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Thomas Ely, DO

Past President

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Thomas L. Ely, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP
Past President
Clarksville, Tennessee

Thomas L. Ely, DO is an AOA board-certified osteopathic family physician; a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Association of Osteopathic Examiners, and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

A member of the AOA since 1980, Dr. Ely was elected to and served on the AOA’s Board of Trustees from 2006–2019 and represented Tennessee as a delegate or alternate delegate in the AOA’s House of Delegates from 1998–2019.

Dr. Ely is also past president of the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association and a member of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. He was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Osteopathic Examination (licensure board) for nine years.

Prior to attending what is now the Kansas City (Missouri) University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Ely served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps, which included two combat tours in Vietnam, serving as a “Dustoff” medical evacuation pilot. Following osteopathic medical school, he re-entered the military as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and completed a family medicine internship and residency at DeWitt Army Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He retired from the Army in 1988 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and went into private practice as a family physician in Clarksville, Tennessee, and subsequently served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville from 2002 to 2015.


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