2010 Most Influential & Interesting: Dr. Margaret Aguwa

Dr. Margaret Aguwa,
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM)

Dr. Margaret Aguwa completed her osteopathic medical training in the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biological Sciences in 1973 and completed one year of surgical residency prior to establishing a practice in Queens, New York.  She joined the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) as an Assistant Professor in 1976.

Dr. Aguwa received her Masters of Public Health degree in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1979 was promoted to Associate Professor in 1982 and later made Professor in 1991.

She participated in the American Osteopathic Association Certificate Program in Health Policy in 1996-1997.  Between 2000 and 2005, she served as the Chairperson of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and was named Associate Dean for Community Outreach and Clinical Research at MSUCOM in 2005.

Dr. Aguwa is the founder and director of  MSUCOM OsteoCHAMPS Program, a pre college program geared towards disadvantaged youth with interests in the health professions.

From 2003 until 2007, Dr. Aguwa served on the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry for the Bureau of Health Professions within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Aguwa was the Chairperson of the American Osteopathic Association Minority Health Advisory Council from 2002-2003 and remains as the Vice Chair for this Council.

Her interests include medical education, women’s health, health care disparities, health care workforce diversity and academic leadership development.  For her years of academic dedication and mentorship support for students, Dr. Aguwa was honored by some of her students who established the Margaret Aguwa Endowed Scholarship at the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

Throughout the year, Dr. Aguwa and her students provide much needed medical assistance in underserved areas.