Clarksville physician Thomas Ely, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP, has been named president-elect of the American Osteopathic Association. He will lead the national organization as 2020-21 president. Ely has been on the AOA Board of Trustees for the past 13 years and is a past president of the Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Association and also served on Tennessee's osteopathic medical licensing board for nine years.
Ely graduated from what is now the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri. A commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps., he completed a family medicine internship and residency at DeWitt Army Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Va. After retiring from the Army in 1988 as a lieutenant colonel, Ely went into private practice in Clarksville and spent a 13-year stint as chief medical officer for Gateway Medical Center.