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As president of NJAOPS, I will be focusing on education and prevention of the Opioid epidemic in New Jersey. NJAOPS will network with our legislators to help guide them as to what is best for patient care and the management of acute and chronic pain. Physician well-being has always been important in the field of my practice of Emergency Medicine, and is just as important to the house of medicine. Many physicians are depressed, and the lack of physician well-being can lead to despair, and often times suicide — a tragic outcome that has happened too often in the past year. Join us for our lectures and activities relating to this important topic, and let us reinvigorated our spirits for ourselves, our families and the patients we serve.

As always, there is much work to do with our legislators in Trenton. To help NJAOPS represent your professional interests, please consider a donation to JOPAC, our political action committee. There are several upcoming bills that will affect our care for patients, and we need to be at the table to help our legislators understand the care they need. A former NJAOPS president, John Larratta, DO, suggests a dollar a day for JOPAC. I ask you to consider this again, and give what you can so that we can best represent the needs of your patients and practice.

My parents ingrained in me a saying that originated in their homeland of Ecuador: ‘querer es poder’. This translates to work hard and you will achieve! I pass this wisdom on, because I believe that living out that saying got me to where I am today. If we all make an effort to engage and give a little more of ourselves in 2017 and 2018 — we would acheive like never before! Let’s all get involved and live out the meaning of ‘NJAOPportunities’ to the fullest: Network, Learn, Teach, Grow, Help, Achieve and Succeed!

We can make NJAOPS a greater voice. We need osteopathic physicians not only to be members of NJAOPS, but also to participate in one of our many committees. Or better still, joining our Board and become our future leaders. So let’s move forward as Osteopathic Physicians, and continue to serve our patients and our community by networking with NJAOPS, and each other, to address the needs of our patients in the greatest state of the union: New Jersey.

Collegiately yours,

Otto F. Sabando, DO, FACOEP FACEP
NJAOPS President

Biography of 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.
After serving 2 years active duty as a United States Navy Hospital Corpsman (Fleet Marines), and eight years in the Navy Reserve, Dr. Sabando earned his Baccalaureate of Arts in Biology in 1992 at Queens College. After working as a medical microbiologist for Smith-Kline Beecham Laboratories, he graduated from the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998. He completed his Osteopathic Internship and Residency in Emergency Medicine in 2002 at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, NY.
He began his professional medical career at New York United Hospital in Port Chester, NY, as a faculty attending for the newly established Osteopathic Emergency Medicine Residency. Shortly thereafter, he was Interim ODME and Interim Program Director. He also served on the medical board of the hospital until March of 2005.
In April of 2005, Dr. Sabando was appointed as the Program Director for the new Osteopathic Emergency Medicine Residency at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ. He founded and served as Program Director of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Emergency Medicine Residency program in 2013. He served as Program Director until July 2015, when he assumed the role of Chief of the Medical Emergency Department.
Dr. Sabando serves on the Emergency Department Executive committee, which founded the alternative to opiates (ALTO) program. He also serves on the CAP, STEMI, CHF, Stroke, Academic Affairs, ED QA, Resource Utilization and Sepsis Committees of the hospital.
Nationally, he has served as Vice Chair of the Osteopathic Emergency Medicine Program Directors Committee and the Board of Directors of The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP). Both ACOEP and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) have recognized him as a Fellow.
He is married to Maria Sabando and has two daughters Alyssa and Emily.


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