Dr. Thomas Bozzuto stands with hyperbaric chamber in background at the Phoebe Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center on North Jefferson Street in this 2010 file photo. Bozzuto was recently named president of the Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association. (Albany Herald file photo)
ALBANY —An Albany physician was recently inducted as the leader of a Georgia medical society.
Dr. Thomas Bozzuto, medical director of Phoebe Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center on North Jefferson Street adjacent to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, was inducted as the 62nd president of the Georgia Osteopathic Medical Association (GOMA) at its annual meeting Oct. 24-26 in Suwanee.
Officials say Bozzuto is the first osteopathic physician in the specialty of wound care and hyperbaric medicine to become president of a state medical society, and only the second physician in that specialty in the nation to head a state medical society. Carol A. Fox, who was the dean of admissions at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine at the time Bozzuto matriculated, performed the swearing in.
He will serve a one-year term as president. For the last two years, Bozzuto served as program chairman for the GOMA continuing medical education meetings.
“It is an honor for me to represent the Georgia Osteopathic Physician Community with regards to continuing education, liaison with the Osteopathic College in Suwanee, our Georgia Legislature and representatives in Washington, as well as the American Osteopathic Association,” Bozzuto said. “There are approximately 1,000 osteopathic physicians in the state of Georgia and the recent opening of the college will provide more primary care physicians for our Georgia communities.
“Our goal is to provide quality medical care for all patients. In addition to its focus on primary care, osteopathic physicians are represented in all the major specialty areas as well.”
Biographical information on Phoebe Putney’s website shows that Bozzuto did his residency at Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical Center, where he underwent Federal Aviation Administration aviation medical examiner training. He had a fellowship in hyperbaric medicine specialty training at Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Service Systems at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. His specialties and interests include undersea and hyperbaric medicine, diabetic foot wounds, chronic wounds, diving medicine and aviation medicine.
He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine in emergency medicine and undersea and hyperbaric medicine.