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About the Board of Osteopathic Examination

The Board of Osteopathic Examination was created in 1905 by an act of the State Legislature. This Board is responsible for safeguarding the health, safety, and welfare of Tennesseans, by requiring that all that practice osteopathic medicine within this state are qualified. The Board interprets the laws, rules, and regulations to determine the appropriate standards of practice to ensure the highest degree of professional conduct. The Board is authorized to issue licenses to qualified candidates who have completed appropriate education and successfully completed required examinations. The Board is also responsible for the investigation of alleged violations of the Practice Act and rules, and is responsible for the discipline of licensees who are found guilty of such violation.

The administrative staff of the Division of Health Related Boards supports the Board by issuing licenses to those who meet the requirements of the law and rules. Osteopathic physicians may be licensed by examination, by endorsement from other states, or certification by the National Board of Examiners for Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons. Renewal notices are mailed from the Board's administrative office forty-five (45) days prior to the expiration of the license to the current address on record. Licenses can be renewed on-line one hundred twenty (120) days prior to expiration at Click on the "License Renewal" link and follow the prompts. Licensees are responsible for renewing their licenses on time and keeping the Board/Registrar apprised of current information. It is a violation of the law and of the board’s/registrar’s rules to practice on an expired license.

The Board meets as needed throughout the year for purposes of conducting administrative business concerning ratifying licenses, promulgating rules, disciplinary matters, etc. The six (6) Board members are appointed by the Governor to serve five (5) year terms. A quorum of four (4) members is required to conduct business, and the meetings are open to the public.

Contact the Board of Osteopathic Examination

To contact this board, call (615) 532-4384 local or 1-800-778-4123 nationwide or write
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243


Effective July 1, 2007, all health care facilities licensed by the State of Tennessee Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities shall post a sign that must be at least eight and one-half inches (8-1/2”) in width and fourteen inches (14”) in height in the main public entrance of the facility containing the following information:

  1. The statewide toll-free number of the Tennessee Division of Adult Protective Services (APS), 1-888-APS-TENN (1-888-277-8366), and number for the local district attorney’s office;
  2. A statement that a person of advanced age who may be the victim of abuse, neglect, or exploitation may seek assistance or file a complaint with the APS Division concerning such; and,
  3. A statement that any person, regardless of age, who may be a victim of domestic violence may call the nationwide domestic violence hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY), or the Tennessee Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-356-6767, for immediate assistance, with the hotline number printed in boldface type.
  4. A statement that a teen involved in a relationship that includes dating violence may also call the national toll-free domestic violence hotline or the national teen dating abuse helpline, 1-866-331-9474, for immediate assistance.

In addition, all nursing homes, assisted living facilities and any other residential facility licensed by the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities are required to provide upon admission to each resident the Division of Adult Protective Services’ statewide toll-free number.  Nursing homes which comply with the requirements of Tennessee Code Annotated 68-11-254 are exempt from the posting requirements in 1 and 2 above.

Toll-Free Hotline Numbers Example Sign:  If you wish to have a copy of this statement mailed to you, please contact the State of Tennessee Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities toll-free at 1-800-778-4504 or 1-615-741-7221 to request the Toll-Free Hotline Numbers Notice and Example Sign.  


Board Members

Board Member Title Representation Term Expires
Jeffrey L. Hamre, D.O. Board Member Physician 06-30-2016
Donald H. Polk, D.O. Chair/Secretary Physician 06-30-2015
J. Michael Wieting, D.O. Board Member Physician 06-30-2018
Robert Fletcher Lance Board Member Citizen 06-30-2014
Jan Zieren, DO Board Member Physician 06-30-2019
Shant H. Garabedian, DO Board Member Physician 06-30-2017

Meeting Schedule

Meeting Schedule

Public Notices will remain online until the minutes are ratified and posted on the Meeting Minutes Tab. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at 665 Mainstream Drive, MetroCenter.

Board of Osteopathic Examination Meeting Schedule
Date Time Event and Location Public Notice
August 13, 2014 9:00 am Board Meeting
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice
November 5, 2014 9:00 am Board Meeting
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice
November 25, 2014 8:30 am Summary Suspension
Iris Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice
December 5, 2014 9:00 am Informal Hearing
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice
January 7, 2015 4:30 pm Collaborative Pharmacy Practice Taskforce
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice
February 3, 2015 4:00 p.m. Collaborative Pharmacy Practice Taskforce, Poplar Room
665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice
March 3, 2015 3:00 p.m. Calloborative Pharmacy Practice Taskforce, Iris Room
665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice CANCELED
March 4, 2015 9:00 am Board Meeting
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
Public Notice
May 6, 2015 9:00 am Board Meeting
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
August 12, 2015 9:00 am Board Meeting
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter
November 4, 2015 9:00 am Board Meeting
Poplar Room, 665 Mainstream Dr, MetroCenter

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes

Copies of all minutes are maintained in the official record section of the administrative office. Please contact the board administrator to make arrangements to review minutes of meetings held prior to 2004.

Practitioner Profiles

Information Required to be Reported on Practitioner Profiles

To view your current profile, please go to and enter your license number and profession, then click on the Practitioner Profile link.

To make changes to your profile, you can go to and fill in the changes, print the document and mail to the appropriate board.

The professions required to submit and maintain a practitioner profile questionnaire are:

Advanced Practice Nurses
Alcohol and Drug Counselors
Chiropractic Physicians
Clinical Pastoral Therapists
Dispensing Opticians
Licensed Registered Respiratory Therapists
Licensed Certified Respiratory Therapists
Licensed Laboratory Personnel
Marital & Family Therapists
Massage Therapists
Medical Doctors

Nursing Home Administrators
Occupational Therapists
Orthopedic Physician Assistants
Osteopathic Physicians
Physician Assistants
Physical Therapists
Professional Counselors
Respiratory Care Assistants
Social Workers
Speech Language Pathologists

Tennessee Code Annotated Title 63 Chapter 51 requires the following information to be reported to the Board for dissemination to the public on practitioner profiles:

  • The location of the licensee's primary practice setting;
  • A description of any criminal convictions for felonies and, as determined by the board, serious misdemeanors, within the most recent ten (10) years. For the purposes of this subsection (a), a person shall be deemed to be convicted of a crime if such person was found or adjudged guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction. Misdemeanor convictions later expunged by a court of competent jurisdiction shall be stricken from the provider's profile;
  • A description of any final board disciplinary actions within the most recent ten (10) years, which actions shall include final board action as defined by § 4-5-314, and reprimand action taken pursuant to a board practice act;
  • A description of any final disciplinary actions of licensing boards in other states within the most recent ten (10) years;
  • A description of revocation or involuntary restrictions of hospital privileges for reasons related to competence or character that has been taken by the hospital’s governing body or any other official action of the hospital after procedural due process has been afforded, or the resignation from or nonrenewal of medical staff membership or the restriction orf privileges as a hospital taken in lieu of or in settlement or a pending disciplinary case related to competence or character in that hospital, all as taken pursuant to procedures promulgated by the board for licensing health care facilities.  Only cases that have occurred within the most recent ten (10) years shall be disclosed by the department to the public;
  • All medical malpractice court judgments, all medical malpractice arbitration awards in which a payment is awarded to a complaining party and all settlements of medical malpractice claims in which a payment is made to a complaining party beginning with reports for 1998 and each subsequent year; provided, such reports shall not be disseminated beyond the most recent ten-year period, but shall include the most recent ten-year period for which reports have been filed. Each provider licensing board shall set by rule adopted pursuant to the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in title 4, chapter 5, a threshold amount below which judgments or settlements shall not be reportable; provided, such threshold shall, for chapter 6 or 9 of this title licensees, be set at seventy-five thousand dollars ($75,000), for doctors of chiropractic, regulated pursuant to chapter 4 of this title, be set at fifty thousand dollars ($50,000), for dentists, regulated pursuant to chapter 5 of this title, be set at twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), and for all other licensees under this title be set at ten thousand dollars ($10,000). Dispositions of paid claims shall be reported in a minimum of three (3) graduated categories indicating the level of significance of the award or settlement. Information concerning paid medical malpractice claims shall be put in context by comparing an individual licensee's medical malpractice judgment awards and settlements to the experience of other providers within the same specialty. Information concerning the existence of a court-sealed settlement shall be reported in cases involving such a settlement. Information concerning all settlements shall be accompanied by the following statement: “Settlement of a claim may occur for a variety of reasons which do not necessarily reflect negatively on the professional competence or conduct of the provider. A payment in settlement of a medical malpractice action or claim should not be construed as creating a presumption that medical malpractice has occurred.” (Pending malpractice claims shall not be disclosed by a board to the public.);
  • Names of medical schools or professional and training schools and dates of graduation;    
  • Graduate medical education or other graduate-level training;
  • Specialty board certification as determined by the relevant board;
  • Names of the hospitals where the licensee has privileges;
  • The location of the licensee's primary practice setting;
  • The identification of any translating services that may be available at the licensee's primary practice location;
  • An indication of which managed care plans in which the licensee participates;
  • An indication of TennCare plans in which the licensee participates;
  • Appointments to medical school faculties and indication as to whether a licensee has a responsibility for graduate medical education within the most recent ten (10) years; (optional)
  • Information regarding publications in peer-reviewed medical literature; (optional) and
  • Information regarding professional or community service associations, activities and awards; (optional)

National Organization

National Organizations of State Boards

Information on the American Osteopathic Association may be obtained by phone, fax, Internet, or writing to:

American Osteopathic Association
142 East Ontario Street
Chicago, IL 60611-2864
Phone: (312) 280-5864 or (800) 621-1773
Fax: (312) 280-5893


Information on theAmerican Registry of Radiologic Technologists may be obtained by phone, fax, Internet, or writing to:

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
1255 Northland Drive
St. Paul, MN 55120-1155
Phone: (651) 687-0048