Greenman, Philip

Philip E. Greenman, DO, FAAO

 greenmanDr. Greenman taught osteopathic manipulative medicine at all levels – osteopathic students, interns, residents, fellows, allopathic and osteopathic physicians, and other health care professionals – and has achieved international recognition for his teaching in manual medicine tutorials.  His video series is the most complete and comprehensive set of educational materials that are currently available to practitioners of manual medicine. In these videos, Dr. Greenman introduces the student to basic models of manual medicine as they relate to diagnosis and treatment, guides the student through a standard screening examination of a patient, introduces the student to the unique anatomic/biomechanic characteristics of specific regions within the musculoskeletal system, and finally guides the student through the application of comprehensive diagnostic and treatment protocols.

Now retired, Dr. Greenman served as senior associate dean and professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine and of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. A charter faculty member at MSUCOM, Dr. Greenman is recognized for both his artistry and scientific knowledge of manual medicine.

“I’d decided that I wanted to be a DO at age eight,” Greenman remembered.  “Our family doc was an ’03 graduate of the Kirksville college, then called the American School of Osteopathy.  As a second grader, I saw one of my classmates experience back and leg pain and weakness after a fall.  They took her to Albany for treatment, but she didn’t get better until she was seen by a DO.”  From that early decision came an exceptional career, not only in academic administration, but in research, teaching and clinical care.

It is not hyperbole to say that Dr. Greenman has probably done more than any single individual of his generation to subject osteopathic manipulative techniques to the bright light of reason and proof.  He has refined their use for diagnosis and treatment, modeled clinical osteopathic practice, and taught these skills to students, residents and physicians through his hundreds of lectures, numerous workshops, and substantial publications.

Dr. Greenman is the author of 132 invited papers and presentations, 68 articles in peer-reviewed publications, four books, ten book chapters, and eleven educational modules – most of them related to osteopathic manipulative medicine.  He has served as a member of the editorial advisory boards of no less than ten professional journals

Philip Erwin Greenman, DO, has been giving to the osteopathic profession for over a half century as a clinician, a mentor, a teacher, a dedicated  researcher, an administrator, and as an internationally recognized authority on osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).

After earning his DO degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Greenman spent nineteen years in private practice. In 1972, he moved to Michigan State University (MSU) where he served more than twenty five years of devoted service to the College of Osteopathic Medicine as the Chairperson of the Department of Biomechanics, Associate Dean, Senior Associate Dean, and Professor for the Departments of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Greenman retired from MSU in 1998, but continues as Emeritus Professor.

Dr. Greenman has taught OMT to all levels from students to physicians, and has received international recognition for his teachings. He was among the first to develop a complete, comprehensive video series on OMT instruction. He has also written four books, ten book chapters, eleven educational modules, and countless articles, papers and presentations on OMT. He has served as a member of the editorial advisory boards of no less than ten professional journals. His worldwide expertise in Osteopathic Medicine has been dedicated to manual medicine skills, muscle imbalance evaluations, pain control skills, and rehabilitation techniques. In addition, his clinical care was so stellar that he regularly received referrals from around the globe.