Spring 2018
Vol 115.1

The beginning of the year has been busy and our executive committee attended Phil Murphy’s Inaugural Ball. We were there in support of our new governor and offered our expertise in healthcare in the state of NJ.

We also have been very busy with the sale of the building which has been difficult at times in dealing with prospective buyers.

I attended the AOA AHP (Advocacy for Health Partnerships/ LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Development) Conference. This was an excellent opportunity for networking with leaders in the healthcare profession. We should have funding for our future leadership to attend. Also at this meeting, I attended the AAOEM (American Association of Osteopathic Examiners).  Highlights included reports by Hank Chowdhury DO, President of FSMB, AOA President Mark Baker DO, and Geraldine O’Shea DO, Vice-Chair NBOME Board.

On January 16, 2018, a new regulation on Limitations on and Obligations Associated with Acceptance of Compensation from Pharmaceutical Manufacturers by Prescribers Adopted New Rules: N.J.A.C. 13:45J went into effect. I interviewed with Medscape as to the unfairness of this regulation to our physicians. We will continue to work with Gov. Murphy and State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in helping amend certain items in the new regulation. Currently the NJ restaurant association has large losses due to this new regulation and has captured the attention of Governor Murphy.

Finally, as my term begins to come to an end, NJAOPS has become financially stronger, a beacon of information and education for our membership and all through the hard work of our leadership and dedication of our workforce at NJAOPS.

I’m excited to say that our new year will be the year of change. We will be in a new building, AROC will be at the Golden Nugget, and we will have a new website all for our members to take advantage of.

What a great and exciting time to be a member of NJAOPS!



Respectfully Submitted,

Otto F. Sabando, DO, FACOEP, FACEP

President NJAOPS, 2017-2018



Leading and Advocating for Change...

Otto Sabando, DO


Otto Sabando, DO FACOEP FACEP, is President for the New Jersey Association Osteopathic of Physicians and Surgeons (NJAOPS), and serves on the Executive Board of Directors. Additionally, he is a New Jersey delegate for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). He also has been appointed by NJOAPS to serve on the Pain Management Council of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. His e-mail address is:



New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners Meeting

NJAOPS Executive Director Tajma Kotoric and President Otto Sabando, DO, attended the most recent New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners’ Meeting on March 16th, 2018. Dr. Sabando, has been appointed as a member of the BME, and could extend the opportunity for Tajma Kotoric to observe the proceedings. "It was a pleasure and great opportunity to sit in an listen to several of the bills they are currently reviewing," Tajma remarked of her first experience following the evaluation process. "One bill that they extensively reviewed was the A2655 Bill which seeks to allow other licensed healthcare providers trained in evaluation and management of concussions in addition to physicians to provide written clearance for student-athlete return to competition."


The Executive Committee of the BME believed that the amendment was too broadly written. It did, however, support the expansion, but believed it should be limited to those healthcare professionals who have been adequately educated and trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.


 For more information about the activities of BME, please click here.

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The Journal is the official magazine of the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons (NJAOPS). NJAOPS is the sixth largest state affiliate of the American Osteopathic Association. NJAOPS represents the interests of more than 4,700 active osteopathic physicians, residents, interns and medical students. Founded in 1901, NJAOPS is one of the most active medical associations in New Jersey with 12 county societies.