A Death in the Osteopathic Family | Allen S. Birrer, DO


Dr. Birrer, who served as COA president in 1975, passed away September 26, 2013. He was 75 years old.

He was born in New Jersey, but lived in Columbus since 1965 when he came to serve his residency at Doctors Hospital. He was on staff at the hospital for 25 years and was vice president of the Department of General Practice.

Dr. Birrer was active in organized medicine and a strong supporter of osteopathic medical education. In addition to serving as COA president, he was on the Ohio Osteopathic Association Board of Trustees and served a term as president in 1980-1981. He helped establish the OOA Political Action Committee and was a longtime delegate at the OOA and AOA House of Delegates. He was a life member of the COA, OOA, and AOA.

Over the years, the associations recognized Dr. Birrer for his work and commitment. In 1975 he received the COA's highest honor, the Sosnowski Distinguished Service Award, and in 1980 he received the Linder Advocate Award. The OOA paid tribute to him in 2002 with the Trustees Award.

In 1977, Dr. Birrer and his medical practice colleague opened United Health Plan, the first health maintenance organization in Columbus.  That business venture was recognized when Dr. Birrer was named Outstanding Small Business Person of the Year by the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Administration, and the Columbus Citizen Journal.

Throughout his medical career, he served the Columbus community. He was on the Columbus Neighborhood Health Center Advisory Board, a senior aviation medical examiner for the Federal Aviation Agency, and house physician at Ohio Theater.

He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, Des Moines.

He was preceded in death by his wife Ann.

In lieu of flowers, contributions are preferred to Ballet Met or The Ohio Arts Council. 

His obituary and online guestbook are at <www.epsteinmemorial.com>.