David Hitzeman, DO
Dr. David Hitzeman has been actively involved in osteopathic medicine for nearly 40 years. After graduating from the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1974, Dr. Hitzeman completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa. Over the course of 20 years in private practice, Dr. Hitzeman helped to form and govern four group practices. He has influenced the next generation of osteopathic physicians as chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Oklahoma State University Medical Center and as a Professor of Internal Medicine at Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Oklahoma State University Medical Center. For two decades, he has held the position of chief delegate of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association to the AOA’s House of Delegates.
In addition, Dr. Hitzeman has served in other AOA leadership capacities such as Chair to the Bureau of Socioeconomic Affairs and Chair to the Joint Committee on Quality and Payment. After being appointed by the governor of Oklahoma to the Physician Manpower Training Commission, Dr. Hitzeman worked to address the state’s diverse health care workforce issues, a position he held for 10 years. He has served two terms as Board member of the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality and performed peer review for the last 30 years.
Dr. Hitzeman has represented the American Osteopathic Association at the American Medical Association’s Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) since 1996 and chaired or served on all the RUC standing subcommittees and multiple workgroups. In 2012, the American College of Osteopathic Internists named Dr. Hitzeman its Internist of the Year. In 2013, the American Osteopathic Association’s Board of Trustees honored David F. Hitzeman, DO with an AOA Presidential Citation as an expression of its sincerest gratitude for his expertise in delivery system design and payment reform as well as his commitment to training the next generation of DOs.