February 7, 2011 - Ray E. Stowers, D.O., F.A.C.O.F.P., vice president and dean of Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM), has been nominated as president-elect of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). His nomination will be voted on at the AOA House of Delegates meeting in Chicago in July 2011.

Representing more than 70,000 osteopathic physicians (D.O.s) around the world, the AOA serves as the professional family for all D.O.s and osteopathic medical students. In addition to serving as the primary certifying body for D.O.s, the AOA is the accrediting agency for all osteopathic medical colleges and health care facilities. The AOA leadership and executive office represent the best interests of all D.O.s, osteopathic medical students, and other members of the osteopathic medical profession. Charged with implementing the vision and strategic plan developed by the AOA Board of Trustees, these leaders play an integral role in guiding the actions of the AOA on behalf of the osteopathic family.

Stowers received his doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 1973. Following his osteopathic rotating internship in 1974 at what was then Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., Stowers moved to Medford, Okla., and set up his family practice clinic. Stowers eventually founded the first rural health clinics in the state of Oklahoma.

Stowers has served as a member of Oklahoma’s delegation to the AOA House of Delegates since 1980 and was elected to the AOA Board of Trustees in 2000. He has held numerous leadership positions within the AOA’s Bureaus, Councils and Committees, with a particular emphasis in reimbursement and coding and postgraduate education.

Federally, Stowers served a three-year term on the Physician Payment Review Commission and then a six-year term on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). Stowers is the only osteopathic physician who has ever been appointed to serve in this capacity. It was during Stowers’ service on MedPAC that he first met Chairman of the LMU Board of Trustees and fellow MedPAC Commissioner Autry O.V. “Pete” DeBusk. DeBusk, an LMU alumnus, shared his dream of a medical school at LMU with Stowers. After conducting a year-long feasibility study, LMU announced it was pursuing a college of osteopathic medicine. Stowers left his native Oklahoma in 2005 to serve as founding dean of LMU-DCOM.

Stowers and his wife Peggy have four children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide healthcare in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail, or visit us online at

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Caption: Ray E. Stowers, D.O., F.A.C.O.F.P.

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