Michael J. Terzella graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at New York Institute of Technology in 1999. While attending , he engaged in a one-year Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He completed a residency in Family Practice and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, West Islip NY, in 2002. From 2002–2008, Terzella worked as a family physician at the Martin Luther King Jr. Health Center where he treated patients and trained family practice residents and medical students through the health center’s affiliation with Good Samaritan Hospital.

In 2005 Terzella earned his board certification in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment. In 2008, he joined the clinical faculty at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine as an Assistant Professor in the department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He has been published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association and American Academy of Osteopathy Journal.

Recent Projects/Research

  • IRB #BHS – 1079 (approved 12/9/14): Effects of Ultrasound Imaging on Student Learning of Shoulder Anatomy and Landmarks
    Role: Primary investigator
  • IRB #BHS-1057 (approved 7/15/14): Risk Factors for Neck Pain and Headaches in Medical Students: A Longitudinal Study
    Role: Primary investigator


  • Apoznanski TE, Abu-Sbaih R, Terzella MJ, Yao S. Resolution of dacryostenosis after osteopathic manipulative treatment. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2015;115Feb(2):110-114. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2015.022
  • Vazzana KM, Yao SC, Jung MK, Terzella MJ. “Effect of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) Clinical Exposure on First and Second Year Osteopathic Medical Students’ Outlook on OMT.” J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2014 Jul;114(7):572-80
  • Meghpara MK, Terzella MJ, Flaum TB, Jung MK, Yao SC. “Usefulness of Video Learning for Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Techniques in the Educational and Clinical Setting” American Academy of Osteopathy Journal, Volume 23, Number 3, pages 24-30, September 2013
  • Yao SC, Hart A, Terzella MJ. “An Evidence-Based Osteopathic Approach to Parkinson's Disease" Osteopathic Family Physician Volume 5, Issue 3, Pages 96-101, May 2013

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Recognized as AOA Unsung Hero
  • 2013 Item Writer of the Year for COMLEX-USA Osteopathic Principles and Practices
  • 2010 AOA Mentor Hall of Fame inductee
  • 2009 AOA Mentor Hall of Fame inductee
  • 1999 The Mark Marmora Memorial Award For excellence in teaching Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine

Courses Taught at New York Tech

  • Lecture, lead lab and table train Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine throughout the following Year 1 and Year 2 NYITCOM courses:
    • LDB 507: Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine
    • LDB 502: Hematological/Immunological System
    • LDB 503: Integumentary System
    • LDB 505: Musculoskeletal System
    • LDB 506: Nervous System and Behavior
    • LDB 601: Cardiovascular System
    • LDB 602: Respiratory System
    • LDB 603: Gastrointestinal System
    • LDB 604: Genitourinary System
    • LDB 605: Reproductive System
    • LDB 606: Endocrine System
    • DPC 503: Clinical Sciences I
    • DPC 505: Clinical Sciences II
    • DPC 603: Clinical Sciences III
    • DPC 605: Clinical Sciences IV

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