Erie Physician becomes 100th President of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association.

Frank M. Tursi, D.O. takes reigns of the nation’s largest state osteopathic medical association.

Outgoing president Alice Zal, DO administers the oath of office to Dr. Frank Tursi, the 100th president of POMA.
The Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association (POMA) has inaugurated Frank M. Tursi, D.O., of Erie, as the organization’s 100th president. Dr. Tursi is a family physician with Medical Associates of Erie and a professor of family medicine at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is also an active staff member, resident trainer and director of medical education at Millcreek Community Hospital.

Dr. Tursi received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Millcreek Community Hospital. With his added qualifications in geriatric medicine, Dr. Tursi also practices at IHS at Bayside and Golden Living – Walnut Creek in Erie. He has been a POMA member for 30 years and has served with the House of Delegates, Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee. His is a past chairman of POMA District 7 and the state organization’s chairman of the Department of Association Affairs.


LECOM graduate Michael D. Sobolewski, D.O. took the top prize for clinical essay writing at the POMA 103rd Annual Clinical Assembly and Scientific Seminar. The judges awarded the Golden Quill to Dr. Sobolewski for his study of ice hockey injuries among college athletes. The essay examined the impact of college hockey’s intentional checking rule and how it has changed the number and scope of injuries. The Journal of the Pennsylvania Osteopathic Medical Association will publish his article.

Dr. Sobolewski is a third-year resident in orthopedic surgery at Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie. He received his bachelor of science in physical education and sports from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his D.O. degree from LECOM, where he has also fulfilled the requirements for a master’s of science degree in medical education. Upon completion of his orthopedic training, he plans to practice in Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Erie with his wife Maria and their two daughters, Meredith and Lauren.

Honorable mention went to Joshua A. Tuck, D.O., a fourth-year orthopedic surgery chief resident at Millcreek Community Hospital in Erie. Dr. Tuck’s essay compared two treatments for pain caused by an arthritic condition, hallux rigidis, in the first metatarsophalangeal joint (of the big toe). A graduate of Notre Dame College, he received his D.O. degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Following completion of his residency at MCH, Dr. Tuck will pursue an orthopedic sports medicine fellowship and join the LECOM Sports Medicine team. He lives in Erie with his wife Fran.

Dr. Frank Tursi, center, congratulates POMA Clinical Essay winners Dr. Josh Tuck (left) and Dr. Michael Sobolewski.
POMA Essay Winners

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May 9, 2011
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