USA Shooting President Dr. James Lally Named AOF Physician of the Year

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (September 15, 2016)

Dr. James Lally alongside Olympic shooting legend Kim Rhode after earning her sixth consecutive Olympic medal in Rio.USA Shooting President Dr. James Lally has been named the American Osteopathic Foundation’s (AOF) Physician of the Year for 2016. Dr. Lally will be honored during the AOF’s Honor 2016 banquet Friday night in Anaheim, California. 

Selected by a group of his peers, Lally is being recognized among a distinguished group of physicians in excess of 100,000.  

Known throughout the medical community and the international shooting sports discipline for his giving nature, Lally lives by the mantra of bringing good people together to do great things.

Lally is an AOA board-certified Family Physician. A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, Dr. Lally serves as president and chief medical officer of the Chino (California) Valley Medical Center, a Prime Healthcare Services Incorporated facility. The CVMC was recently recognized as one of the nation’s top-100 hospitals for the fifth consecutive year.

He also is a clinical professor of family medicine at Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (WesternU/COMP) in Pomona, California, and at Touro University California, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo. Dr. Lally is also a past president of the AOF. In 2015, Dr. Lally received the San Bernardino County Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Lally was first introduced to USA Shooting during the 1993 World Cup Final at Prado Tiro, the shooting venue for the 1984 Los Angles Olympic Games. His home and medical practice were in close proximity to the range. He immediately became involved as Team physician. He was subsequently elected to the USA Shooting Board of Directors in 1998. He served as USA Shooting Board President from 2005-08 and has been serving in that capacity again since May 2013.

During his time with USA Shooting, Lally has travelled with the team to world cups, world championships and several Olympic Games. He serves as chairman of the International Shooting Sports Federation's (ISSF) Medical Committee, has worked the past three Olympic Games as the Medical Director for shooting, and is an active member of the International Olympic Committee’s medical committee.

Dr. James Lally makes sure to get his picture taken with the first Olympic gold medalist of the 2016 Olympic Games, Ginny Thrasher.“For the AOF to recognize Dr. Lally as their Physician of the Year is a great tribute to the contributions he has made in many areas of medicine,” said ISSF Vice President, two-time Olympic gold medalist and USA Shooting Board member Gary Anderson.  “My knowledge of Jim’s medical work comes primarily from our work together in the ISSF.   He does truly great work for the ISSF and is respected by everyone who works with him as he coordinates our medical activities with the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency.  Jim also ends up often being the personal physician for many of our officials and athletes when they need emergency treatment during our meetings and competitions. Additionally, he has served most capably as the President of USA Shooting for many years.  Jim is a man of great energy, knowledge, creativity and compassion and is richly deserving of the high honors that the AOF has accorded him.”

“We commend Dr. Lally on this honor and the recognition as one of this nation’s best physicians,” said USA Shooting Interim CEO Dave Johnson.  “His commitment and passion to his profession is the same type of devotion and enthusiasm he has showcased as a volunteer leader for the shooting sports and we’re grateful for his tremendous energy in both pursuits.”

After serving as a physician’s assistant in the Army, Dr. Lally earned his osteopathic medical degree from what is now WesternU/COMP. He completed his internship and residency training at the former Doctors’ Hospital of Montclair (California), where he served as chief resident.

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