With the recent press bashing of Paris Hilton's psychiatrist, an osteopathic physician, the American Osteopathic Association felt the need to issue a press release defending the medical training of osteopathic physicians. Seems that anything in the press associated with Paris has a downside these days.

Bottom line: Osteopathic physicians are real doctors and may specialize in any area and provide any treatments - including surgery - that medical doctors do.

Thanks to KevinMD for highlighting this.