Wolfgang G. Gilliar is an osteopathic physician who is double-boarded in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He currently serves as dean of the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine School, one of the largest such programs in the United States. Gilliar also is the Chairman of the Board of the New York Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium, with nearly 40 hospital/health institution members.
Gilliar has dedicated his professional life to innovating and transforming medical education to advance the practice of health care to a truly patient-centered, population-based approach, supported by illuminating research. "Medical education, and education in general, is so much more than imparting sterile facts and routine skill sets," he states; education is meant to "foster an active 'coming into one's own' process for each individual by drawing from the arts, sciences, technologies, and business practices together with a sense of belonging and true compassion." He believes that through innovative educational experiences, future physicians will become true civic leaders. He believes that osteopathic medicine, in particular, has an open access to such ideas as it is guided by a philosophy of body unity, structure, and function relationships and an emphasis of the musculoskeletal system on overall health.
Gilliar is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a B.S. in biochemistry and honors physics. He earned his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. from 1987-1990. Gilliar has served on the faculty at Tufts University School of Medicine and Stanford University School of Medicine.
An accomplished artist, Gilliar's paintings and photographs represent both a balance and catalyst to his professional work. Being able to draw on "both sides of the brain lets me approach a topic or issue in a way that otherwise I would not be able to."
Gilliar believes that through educational innovation, health needs—both globally and locally—can be approached in more direct and pivotal ways than has happened to this point; "stimulating our students and future physicians to look to the arts and to discuss (yet) uncomfortable ideas will expand horizons that will ultimately be of benefit to society at large."
Dr. Gilliar is the author/coauthor of more than 15 medical texts and numerous journal articles and has lectured worldwide, including:
- "How a Handshake Can Make You Feel Well," NYIT TEDx, Oct. 9, 2014
- Yao SC, Hassani J, Gagne M, George G, Gilliar W., "Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment As A Useful Adjunctive Tool For Pneumonia" J. Vis. Exp. (87), e50687, doi:10.3791/50687 (2014)
- Stecco Antonio, Gilliar Wofgang, Hill Robert Fullerton Brad, Setcco Carla, "The anatomical and functional relation between gluteus maximus and fascia lata," Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (17), issue 4, pp. 512-17 (2013)
Honors & Awards
- 2013: American Osteopathic Foundation Educator of the Year
- Stanford University School of Medicine's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Special Teaching Award (2 times)