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Dr. Oscar J. Bailes, one of four founders of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, was honored as an award finalist for the American Osteopathic Association's 2012 Mentor of the Year. He was one of five nominees feted at a reception in San Diego during the recent OMED conference.

Bailes was nominated by Dr. Gail Feinberg and Dr. Howard Feinberg. 

"Throughout his career in medicine, Dr. Bailes has encouraged numerous students to enter osteopathic medicine as their career," stated Feinberg in his nomination. "He has tirelessly promoted osteopathic medicine in our communities and, through his example, brought honor, respect and distinction to our profession."

Bailes thanked his supporters.

"I am pleased to have received this nomination," he said. "It is always an honor to be recognized, and I continue to feel deeply grateful for my career in osteopathic medicine. If there are students I've touched through my years of teaching, I can guarantee they have also enriched my life in profound ways."

A family physician, Dr. Bailes graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 1952. Not only was he a founder of WVSOM in 1972, but he was a member of the administration of the medical school from 1973-1977. He currently lives and works in West Virginia, where he continues to teach manipulative techniques to students.